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Amanda Lynn Tikkanen, age 31, of Grand Rapids, passed away holding her living parents’ hands on Sunday, September 5, 2021. Amanda “Mandy” fought hard to stay here, before succumbing to her injuries from a car accident a few days prior.

She was born February 5, 1990, in Grand Rapids, to David Tikkanen and Christine (Connell) Hiaeshutter. On July 28, 2012, she gave birth to her son, Lucas James Schroeder; he has been the love of her life ever since. Mandy graduated from Forest Hills Central High School and attended Grand Rapids Community College before dedicating her working hours to Amway, Speedway and most recently, Amazon, as a fulfillment worker.

During her short life, Mandy excelled in caring for those around her. She greeted everyone with big hugs, shared hearty belly laughs and was quick with a smile. Mandy sought to build others up in whatever way she could: a thoughtful gift, an act of service or goofy moment to lighten the mood. Mandy’s big heart extended to animals throughout her life. She had a special connection with her family dogs and had a lifelong passion for horses. She was confident and joyful on horseback or in a barn. She expressed herself through art, be it painting pottery or any other craft. She loved to make things with the intention of giving them to someone she loved and the list of people she loved was very long. Mandy found joy in tubing on the lake, skiing, playing cards, making dance videos and doing any type of puzzle. Her passion for helping others and being useful was recognized by her employers and coworkers as well. She was diligent and took pride in her work.

Mandy leaves behind her son, Lucas Schroeder, who was her greatest legacy. The love she had for Lucas was otherworldly and her family knows it certainly transcends this one. She also leaves behind her mother, Chris Hiaeshutter; her father, David (Kim) Tikkanen; her siblings, Jason (Stephanie) Hiaeshutter, Michelle (Curt) Beenen, Heather Cawthorne, and Kati (Steve) Regester; her nieces and nephews, Megan, Michael, Stephen, Makenzie, Kaden, Morgan, Tyler, Sierra, Connor, Leevi and Lucy; and her boyfriend, William Miller.

Mandy is preceded in death by her stepfather, Steve Hiaeshutter and her grandparents, Helen and George Connell and Phyllis and Edward Tikkanen. It gives her family great solace to know that, in death, she was reunited with Steve, who she had been missing terribly since his passing in November, 2020. Her family knows, aside from being reunited with him, her Scottish grandmother was also at the ready to take her tightly into her heavenly arms.

Mandy meant so much to many people and above all, Mandy reminded us all to be a little nicer and to see the beauty in those around us. Her impact on those around her is lasting.  Her giving and loving nature continues in death as she was able to give the gift of life to many other families through organ donation. Her spirit will be honored on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at Holy Trinity Church, 1200 Alpine Church Rd NW, Comstock Park, MI, with gathering of family and friends at 10:00 a.m. and a memorial service at 11:00 a.m., followed by a luncheon.

In sending condolences to the family, please also consider donating to the West Michigan branch of Ele’s House who provide support to grieving children, including Mandy’s nine-year-old son, Lucas.

To send a message of sympathy or share a memory of this lovely young woman, her family asks you to please sign Mandy’s online guest book by visiting:


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21 Condolences

  1. Jason on September 9, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    I love you kiddo. Make sure you’re keeping Dad and Grandpa Hiaeshutter in line up there. We all miss you

  2. Pam Stonex on September 9, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    I will always remember you by your love for life, your laugh and love for your family and mostly your little boy. You will be missed. ❤️

  3. Nikki on September 9, 2021 at 1:13 pm

    Mandy I miss you so much. We had some amazing memories together. We always laughed together and we always had so much fun together. I’m truly blessed to have such a amazing best friend. Love ya always 😘

  4. Emily Rang (Pray) on September 9, 2021 at 2:07 pm

    I’ll never forget all the great memories we shared together. I feel so blessed to have been a part of your life. I love you girl!

  5. Dense on September 9, 2021 at 2:14 pm

    To repeat your greatest lesson, never say good bye, so see ya later, chica and thank you for sharing you.

  6. Alison Passino (GRAM Employee) on September 9, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    Dear Kim & Family: I am so deeply sorry for the loss of your child. No words can offer you hope but I pray you find comfort in your faith in the days to come.

  7. Mandi Wolf on September 9, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    Amanda, I will miss your bubbly smile and bright soul! You are the most beautiful person inside and out. I am honored to call you my friend. You have left an imprint on me that I will never forget. I will miss you dearly, friend. Until we meet again 💚💜

  8. Jennifer McGurk on September 9, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. We have been thinking of everyone so much during this really difficult time. The entire extended McGurk family sends their condolences too.

  9. Becky Lemons. (NC) on September 9, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    Billy &Lucas. Rest of the family I am so thankful for getting to meet her and it was just a week On a cruise . She was all smiles that week for sure. I am praying for you all.. so sorry for a great loss.

  10. Andrea on September 9, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    We had a great hug at your Dads memorial.
    You have made an impact on so many peoples lives- while both while living and with your literal ‘gifts of life’ after you passed.
    How awesome is that?
    Godspeed Mandy. Rest Easy

  11. Deb Casey on September 9, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    Dave…it has been many years since our paths have crossed. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I am only too familiar of the pain of losing a child. Your daughter was a remarkable individual and I am sure you are a proud Dad. My thoughts and love are with you during this unimaginable time.

  12. Debbie Jones on September 9, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    Mandy, I was so sad to hear of your passing. You always greeted me with a smile and a hug at church. You were so proud of Lucas and it was obvious he was your pride and joy!

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this very difficult time!

    Rest in peace, sweet girl!

  13. Ken and Cheri Siegel on September 10, 2021 at 1:25 am

    Our greatest condolences to you and Mandy’s family on such a tragic occasion. We will be praying for you and the family for peace during this trying and tragic loss . May our heavenly father give you grace and love as He wraps His loving arms around you.

  14. John & Liz Connell on September 10, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    Liz and I so saddened. Our hearts break for the family and friends who loved Mandy most. She was a beautiful and extremely kind hearted person who will be sorely missed. We are so sorry for your loss.

  15. linda partida on September 10, 2021 at 4:11 pm

    sorry for your loss billy miller mandy was kind soul i will miss her as a friend

  16. Jan Betzer on September 10, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    Rest in peace, Mandy. You are a true hero and are loved very much. I can imagine you dancing and laughing up in heaven with Steve and your grandparents. Until we can meet again, I promise I will take care of your Mom and make sure she’s ok. May you be at peace in God’s loving arms. You will be missed very much. I love you.

  17. Nancy Rivera on September 10, 2021 at 8:29 pm

    Dear Chris,
    I’m so sorry for the loss of your beautiful, kind and loving daughter Mandy. She seems to have impacted so many family and friends with her generous spirit and her generosity will live on in the new families she’s helped. My thoughts, prayers and love are with you and your family during this unimaginable time.

  18. Debra K Bever on September 10, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    Though we never met you, I know you would have been loved up here. Sounds to me you were a lot like your Dad. Dave always has a smile, a hug and a huge heart. I know you will be missed Mandy.

  19. Debbie Hofmeyer on September 12, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    Dear Chris: I was sorry to hear of your loss. She was such a sweet girl. I only knew her as a small child but even then she radiated a kindness and sweetness that was felt immediately. She was a special and beautiful person. Hugs and comfort coming your way. You must remember how blessed you were to have her.

    Debbie Hofmeyer

  20. France Weaver on September 13, 2021 at 11:07 am

    Dear Chris and family: Bill and I (France) are sooo sorry for your loss. No parents should ever have to say goodbye (Adieu) to a child.
    Mandy was a special God gift to all of us. Her spririt will live with all of us and particularly with you Chris, Lucas and David.
    I have beautiful memories of Mandy that I will cherish forever. Even the ones where we would hold hand at the NY convention center. She loved every minutes she spent there handing out samples to IBO’s, all that with her contagious smile.
    I loved her then and still today. She will watch over you and Lucas every day of your life.
    Love you very much ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  21. Craig and Carol Rothley on September 13, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    Craig and I are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. It’s so saddening to lose a child and Mandy was a beautiful young lady.

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