Kathleen “Kathy” Beechem

Age: 67
Born: September 18, 1951
Died: March 12, 2019

Obituary

Kathy Beechempassed peacefully at the age of 67on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.Wife to the late Pete Nadhernyand survived by his children, Michael & Steven (Kathy) Nadherny. Daughter of Gladys and the late Tom Beechem. Sister to Mary Jo (Mike) Whelan, the late Tom Beechem, II, Joe (Nancy) Beechem, Brian (Tammy) Beechem,and Beth (Matt) KrebsSister-in-law to Paula Beechem.

Kathyis a graduate of Thomas More College and completed her master’s degree at Indiana University as well as doing graduate study in business at George Washington University in Washington DC.  Kathy is a graduate and former faculty member of the Consumer Bankers Association Graduate School of Retail Banking at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.  

At US Bank, she served as Executive Vice President and was responsible for management of branch offices in seventeen states11,000 employees, and 1,200 retail banking offices.  Kathy was honored for her achievements as YWCA Career Woman of Achievement in 2002, one of “The 25 Most Powerful Women in Bankingby US Banker trade magazine in 2004, New Century Leadership Award by Greater Cincinnati United Way in 2006, Alumni Association Citizenship Award from Thomas More College in 2009, one of Cincinnati Enquirer Women of the Year in 2011 and first recipient of Live the Legacyaward from United Way in 2012.

Kathy was very involved in the community and especially has a passion for kids at riskand overall empowerment of women.  She was named to the United Way of America’s Women’s Leadership Council and co-founded the Greater Cincinnati United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council.  She is former chair of the Board of the Greater Cincinnati YWCA as well as the Chair of the CincinnatiBrain Tumor Center Community Advisory Board.  She is former Board Chair of Jobs for Cincinnati Graduates, member of the Cincinnati Youth Collaborate Board and the 4C’s.

Kathy’s husband, Pete Nadherny, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2005 at which time both Kathy and Pete retired from their jobs.  Pete died in January,2008.  Kathy took his place as a school board member at Alliance Academy of Cincinnati, a Charter K-8 school.  Kathy started a grief support group at Crossroads Church and wrote a book, So Far, So Good, about Pete’s journey and her role as caregiver.  Kathy went back to work and most recentlyservedas apastor and Multi-Site Director at Crossroads Church.

She has been a part of the Crossroads community since 2000, and on staff at Crossroads since 2011. Her title was Director of Community Pastors. She was responsible for about 150 people, all operations of all Crossroads locations reported up to her.  Kathy was known for many amazing things, one of which was waking up early every day to pray, read her Bible, journal, and spend time with the Lord. She died on Tuesday at 5:05am, the same time she woke up every day to pray.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 15 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Crossroads Church, 3500 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45209(Oakley site). Funeral service will be Saturday, March 16, 10:00 a.m. at Crossroads Church, Oakley. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Crossroads Church (crossroads.net/give), the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati (https://www.ywcacincinnati.org/get-involved/donate/annual-fund-campaign/) or to the UC Brain Tumor Center (https://foundation.uc.edu/areas-donate?id=bc52afc5-763d-4df1-a642-2de08695e61c).

Visitation

Location: Crossroads Church
Date: Friday, March 15, 2019
Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Additional Info: Crossroads Church 3500 Madison Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45209

Memorial Service

Location: Crossroads Church
Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019
Time: 10:00am
Additional Info: Crossroads Church 3500 Madison Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45209

Interment

Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019

Kathleen “Kathy” Beechem

Age: 67
Born: September 18, 1951
Died: March 12, 2019
  • Barbara Lima
    Relationship: Saw her in church

    I did not know her personally, but she was an inspiration and a wonderful speaker. We all know where she is today...she is speaking to God on behalf of the people she left behind! Thank you Kathy!

  • Jim Baldridge
    Relationship: Co-Worker

    Full of life, full of wisdom and an all-around amazing lady. I will always appreciate the nuggets of knowledge she shared and I still utilize them 20+ years later. She was one of a kind and one of the most influencial people in my professional life. Thanks Kathy for taking a chance on a twenty something who thought he knew everything until you taught him just how little he knew!

  • Nancy Spivey
    Relationship: Connected Through He

    Kathy was awe-inspiring to me and to many. She championed the YWCA Greater Cincinnati Rising Stars Leadership program, leaving a legacy that our community will benefit from for decades to come. Condolences to her friends and family. She will be missed.

  • Angie
    Relationship: Crossroads Family

    Kathy would ALWAYS stop and talk to me whenever our paths crossed. I never saw her without a warm and welcoming smile. I pray peace and joy upon her family to know how fortunate you were to have her in your life. The same goes to all her church family and friends. Kathy was amazing!

  • John Price
    Relationship: Church Family

    Kathy was such a special and energetic lady. We only had a handful of conversations at church, but every time I walked away from speaking with her I was ALWAYS more joyful, peaceful, and energized to love others to the best of my ability. Even though she is no longer physically with us, her memory and impact will live on for generations.

  • Deb Saas
    Relationship: Crossroads Grief Gro

    I met Kathy some months after my beloved Dad took his last breath. I signed up for her Grief Group at Crossroads -- it might have been the first class she facilitated -- and found her story about caring for Pete compelling, and her insight and compassion to be inspiring. It was obvious that Kathy trusted the Lord with everything in her life, and her mastery of "acceptance" was amazing. I learned a lot from her about grieving, and I was able to heal from the overwhelming grief I was personally experiencing. Rest in Peace, Kathy.

  • Debbie Fisher
    Relationship: Crossroads

    Kathy was an inspiration to me - spiritually and overall. She always had a kind word, remembered your name, and was a geniune leader. You felt good being around her. Her optimism and spirit, coupled with a love of the Lord will be with me forever. Blessed "forever" journeys, Kathy, with Pete and our Lord.

  • Dave Stansbury
    Relationship: Crossroads Family

    You were an inspiration Kathy. I loved your hugs and how generous you were with kindness and love for the people around you.

  • LJ
    Relationship:

    Beechem Family, The years of our life are fleeting. Without intervention, we would all say goodbye to those we love, or they would say goodbye to us. Wonderfully, God has promised to intervene. “With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:3, 4) God will destroy death and remove the pain it has caused by restoring those who have died back to life. Yes, it will be like he wiped the tears from our eyes, when we are reunited with those we love. I am very sorry for your loss.

  • Vivian and Jim Schwab
    Relationship: Friend and colleague

    Vivian and I met Kathy when I became her colleague at US Bank. I considered her a mentor who gave me support and advice as I made the transition to a role at US Bank. She was an enthusiastic and generous advisor to the two during the 2004 community-wide United Way Campaign and was an amazing contributor to the community overall. She was an impactful and effective leader during our time together at US Bank and an early example of the effectiveness of women as leaders in the banking industry. Her devotion to Pete during his illness was limitless and the two of them never gave up hope or quite fighting. It was an honor to know her and to work with her. I think today of Pete and of members of Kathy’s family that I was also privileged to know, especially Jeff Whelan and Brian Beechem. It is truly a time for sadness but also a time for celebration. She had a beautiful life. Vivian and Jim Schwab

  • Lori Ingram
    Relationship: Crossroads Grief Gro

    I can hear her distinct voice in my mind right now. Thank you Kathy for your leadership during my grief journey. I’m sure Pete was standing behind God and Jesus to greet you as you went home for eternal life in paradise to be reunited with him again.

Kathleen “Kathy” Beechem

Kathleen “Kathy” Beechem

Age: 67
Born: September 18, 1951
Died: March 12, 2019