Betty Broeman Klinedinst—June 16, 1919 to December 1, 2017.
Betty Broeman Klinedinst was born in 1919 and lived with her parents, Charles and Ina and brother Dwight on Harrison Avenue in Cincinnati’s west side. She graduated from The Summit Country Day School at the age of 16 and spent the next two years at the University of Cincinnati. When she was 18, she began her investment career with a loan from the First National Bank of Cincinnati to purchase a Texaco gas station. Her interest in business and investing continued until her death. Her most recent investment is in a development on Madison road near DeSalles corner, which is currently under construction.
In 1939, her brother Dwight introduced her to Tom Klinedinst, Sr. He became the love of her life and they married in 1940. After the war, they moved to Hyde Park where they raised their family of 4 children: Tom, Jr., Kit, Charlie, and Molly. They were a partnership that lasted, to the great benefit of their family, friends and City, until Tom, Sr.’s death in 1994.
Betty and her husband were staunch supporters of Cincinnati. They invested in the City, helped form businesses here, and supported its charitable causes. That is a tradition that Betty continued following Tom, Sr.’s death. She has served on the boards of The Cincinnati Opera, The Cincinnati Women’s Club and The Town Club. She was a Founding Board member of The Greater Cincinnati Arts & Education Center. She has been a significant supporter of and contributor to The Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Symphony, Xavier University, University Of Cincinnati, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Franciscan Sisters of the Poor, St Francis Seraph Church, The Center for Respite Care, and the School for the Creative and Performing Arts.
Betty was well known for her wit, wisdom, generosity and genuine interest in and concern for others. She had the misfortune of outliving 3 of her children, but died surrounded by friends and family. She grew old by staying young and by constantly making new friends. Betty was the family inspiration and matriarch. Her passing marks the end of her generation.
Betty is survived by her son Charles Klinedinst, her nine grandchildren: Thomas Klinedinst III, Lucie Klinedinst Kober, George Klinedinst, Chris and Deak Klinedinst Helton, Mark Klinedinst and Kim Klinedinst Miller, and Jay and Chad Klinedinst Ashmore. She is also survived by her 16 great grandchildren, her children’s and grandchildren’s’ spouses, her nieces and nephews, and her many friends and business partners who all will miss her very much.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at Saint Francis Seraph Church on Wednesday December 6, 2017 located at 1615 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 at 11am. Parking in the area is limited, so a shuttle service will be provided from the Washington Park Garage at 14th Street between Elm and Race to the service. The service will be followed by a private family only burial at Spring Grove Cemetery. There will be a reception following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Francis Seraph Ministries, 1615 Republic Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 or to the charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Spring Grove Funeral Home (513-853-1035). Online condolences can be left at www.springgrove.org.