Kathleen Ann (Carrothers) Buchanan, 80, of Grand Rapids, MI, passed away peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior on October 22, 2023.
Kathleen “Kathy” was born on January 26, 1943, to Frank and Mary (Daniels) Carrothers in Grand Rapids, MI. Kathy was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend who put others before herself in both her personal and professional life.
She was a devout Catholic and a parishioner of St. Robert of Newminster Catholic Church in Ada, MI. She helped form a guitar group in the late 1970s, which played at the Saturday night Mass at St Robert of Newminster for over 20 years resulting in some of her most cherished friendships.
Kathy is survived by her husband of 51 years, William; four children: Molly (Kirk) Bierens of Grand Rapids, MI, Maribeth (Christopher) Warloe of Rockford, MI, William Buchanan II of Grandville, MI, Michael (Lynnelle) Buchanan of Belmont, MI; nine grandchildren: Elizabeth Bierens, Eleanor Bierens, Alexis Bierens, Ari Bierens, Drew Buchanan, Alaina Warloe, Isla Buchanan, Lucas Buchanan and Brooks Warloe; sister: Mary (Mark) Wood of Canadian Lakes, MI. She is also survived by her “adopted” family, Neptali, Sandra, Joshua and Sebastian Salgado Sosa of Grand Rapids, MI. She was preceded in death by her infant son Martin Buchanan, her parents, Frank and Mary Carrothers and infant grandsons William and Ford Buchanan.
Kathleen graduated from Marywood Academy in 1961. She went on to study at Mercy Central School of Nursing. After obtaining her Registered Nursing license in 1963, she started her first job at St. Mary’s Hospital, kickstarting a career that spanned 60 years as an obstetrics nurse. She worked as a labor and delivery nurse early in her career but spent most of her time in postpartum until she retired in 2021. With her loving, kind and gentle approach, Kathy set the gold standard for providing patient centered care. Even after retirement she continued to be a champion for women’s mental wellbeing by leading support groups and continuing her work at Grand Rapids Women’s Health. She was a true advocate for moms suffering from postpartum depression and has been a driving force in increasing awareness of PMAD (perinatal mood and anxiety disorders) and its impact on families.
Kathy was recognized throughout her career with numerous accolades and awards including, MCSN Alumni Nursing Excellence Award, MomsBloom Lifetime Achievement Award for Advocacy, finalist in Grand Rapids Magazine’s Nursing Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and several Daisy Award nominations. She was a co-founder and is on the Board of Directors of the Maternal Wellness Program, a non-profit that provides resources and supports women and families through pregnancy, postpartum, and loss during pregnancy or after birth.
More importantly, Kathy lived her life with compassion through small acts of kindness every day, leaving a profound impact on so many. She deeply cared about her family, friends and “her Moms” and was considered a blessing to this community.
Visitation will be held at O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel, 3980 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI on Thursday, November 2, 2023, beginning with the Rosary at 5:30pm and visitation 6-8pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am Friday, November 3, 2023, at St. Robert of Newminster Catholic Church, 6477 Ada Drive, Ada, MI with visitation one-hour prior. Luncheon (to immediately follow) at the church. A private graveside service will be held for the family following the luncheon.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Maternal Wellness Program ( https://maternalwellnessprogram.org/donate )