Gina Hrinko
1968 - 2021
Gina Lynn Hrinko passed away June 20, 2021, in Anchorage, Alaska, after her battle with ovarian cancer. She was born Aug. 27, 1968, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is survived by her husband, Bill, and their two daughters, Olivia and Madison.
After reluctantly following her husband to Fairbanks, Alaska, she and her husband created a wonderful life for themselves and their two daughters. She made many friends with her enthusiastic personality and her love of sharing stories. Those that knew her knew that they would be thoroughly entertained either by her recent escapades or a story from her past. During her stay at the hospital though, the tables were turned. The friends and family that came to visit were the ones telling the stories. She just laid there with her eyes closed taking it all in, and occasionally a smile would come across her face, or she would speak a slight anecdote to embellish the story just that much more.
Her childhood years were spent growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated high school in 1986 and then proceeded to the University of Cincinnati to study elementary education. It was at the University of Cincinnati that she met her future husband, Bill. She did not remain in Cincinnati but transferred to the University of Toledo where she graduated with her teaching degree. Though physically apart, Bill and Gina stayed together and were married on Sept. 19, 1992. They started their married life together in Dayton, Ohio, before moving to Fairbanks in 1996. Gina found a job at the Yukon Koyukuk School District in 1999, where she was teacher, principal, grant writer, state and federal programs coordinator and director, assistant superintendent, and much, much more, which she continued right to the very end.
In March 2017, an incessant cough sent her to the doctor's office. After an upper body X-ray and biopsy of the fluid in her chest, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. For four years she was treated by a caring and outstanding team of doctors. She never gave up and was always positive knowing everyone was fighting for her as much as she was fighting for herself.
In the end, she was surround by family and the friends she made over the years, as she passed from this life to the next. There were tears and sadness, but also more love than the room, or hospital, or all of Anchorage could contain.
There was too much life that happened between the dash between dates to put into words. So much still lives on in her friends' and families' hearts and will continue to be a part of their lives as they are occasionally reminded of her through a scent of a flower, the vibrant colors of a morning sunrise, the sound of friends' laughter, the taste of a hot chocolate, a hand scribbled message on a sticky note, the rush of air on their face while riding a bike, the courage and tenacity of someone not willing to give up, as their own lives continue on.
A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 2 p.m. July 17, 2021, at Georgeson Botanical Garden, 2180 West Tanana Dr. on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, where more stories can be shared. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in her name to Let Every Woman Know a nonprofit organization supporting women with gynecological cancer,
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Published by Daily News-Miner on Jul. 7, 2021.
Memorial service
Georgeson Botanical Garden
2180 West Tanana Dr. on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, AK
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I have wonderful memories of Gina one reason is because she was my sister and a great sister. I remember when she was a little girl how she liked to crawl into bed with me in the middle of the night. Even though she'd wake me up it never bothered me because she was just so sweet even back then she had such a sweet personality. As we grow older and she moved on to Alaska there was a great distance between us and so there was a time when we didn't have as close of relationship as we had but then with the FaceTiming that came into being really helped and Gina and I would get on the phone in the middle of the night, well it was the middle of the night for me but for her it was not even bedtime yet. We would have such a great time talking and laughing she was so full of life even towards the end of her life. Someone who didn't know her would never suspect what all she had gone through. She was the happiest person, always smiling and always positive. The last month before she passed, we talked so much on video cha that I felt so close to her those days. I even spoke to her the week before she passed and she was still so up and so positive. I don't think I've ever met another person like Gina, I'm sure that her positivity was a gift from God. I miss you Gina and I will always remember you for your smile and laughter.
Jan Campbell
July 16, 2021
The Staff at the ASDN
July 16, 2021
Bill, Olivia, and Madison, Lifting you all up in my prayers during this time. Gina was absolutely wonderful and would always remind me I was going to be an amazing mom because I was great with kids. (Worked at Open Arms) I´m a mom now and when times get tough I always remember her many kind and encouraging words. She never failed to smile and say hello to me even when I was going through times. Forever grateful for her and she has helped me be the mom I am today!! Love, prayers, and blessings.
Kristie Jo
July 13, 2021
Bill, Olivia, Madi, and family, I'm so sad to hear about Gina's passing. She was a Super Mom, a force of nature!! May God envelope you in peace!
Annie Krause
July 12, 2021
We were so sad to hear about Gina´s passing. We spent time last night recalling the wonderful times we had in Kettering with Bill and Gina. We had always hoped to see her again in Maine or Alaska but know our heavenly reunion will be unforgettable
Jon and Julie Williams
July 10, 2021
Bill, Oliva and Madison~ It is with deep sadness that I write this; as Gina was always so full of life, love and compassion. I am truly sorry for your loss and hold many memories of our time shared together over the years. Most are unforgettable and will remain in our hearts. Sending Peace & loving comfort to you through this time of grief. Lisa, Ciara and Kurt Newman
Lisa Newman
July 7, 2021
Bill, Olivia, Madison and family, We have such good memories of Gina at Monroe and particularly at Girl Scouts. The Brownie trip to Anchorage and the trip to Savannah were legendary. Gina was an active mom and fully supported what her family was involved in. We are so sorry for your loss. Jo, Gene and JOrdyn
Jo Kuchle & Gene Therriault
July 7, 2021
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