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Kate (Kathy) Krider Satchwill

Profile Updated: November 15, 2016
Residing In:
Charlotte, NC USA
RIP Bill Satchwill
Writer; Retired :-) Healthcare: HR & Mktg, Teacher
Children & Grandchildren: Jon, born 1965, married Suzanne Heitner (NJ), their son Sean Nathan, born1999--Broomfield, More…CO. Jim, born 1967, married Carla Eisenberg (NY/CA), their sons Sam William, born 1998 and Jay Moses, born 2001, Davidson, NC. Robert Eric, born 1969, married Eva Staub (Switzerland/CA), Bern, Switzerland. Lily Amelia, born 2014.

MBA Xavier University (1985)

Early career: Part time English teacher, community volunteer, work at home mother, super bleacher-sitter & sports fan, and 7 years as Field Staff and Director of Education for Great Rivers Girl Scouts, Cincinnati.

Then, 30+ Years in Hospitals & Senior Living: Marketing, Human Resources Development & Administration; 4 Years SMWC Vice President of External Affairs; 3 Years English & Social Studies Teacher, Mecklenburg County Jail.

We've lived & worked in IN, WV, OH, NJ, MI, GA, SC, TN, and moved to Charlotte, NC in 1998. Since 1965 there have been serendipitous adventures, Providential opportunities, many completed tasks, and many an uncompleted household chore as I've 'gone those miles and kept those promises.' I've also met challenges, overcome my share of miseries, wallowed occasionally in self-pity, and absolutely positively enjoyed learning and laughing with family, friends and career colleagues from around the world.

Since 2009 (when I left that grand finale career-culminating, full-time employment experience as a teacher of high school boys in jail), I've been earning a few welcome dollars as a free lance writer/instructional designer/collaborator for online undergraduate and graduate courses.

I also spend more than a few freebie hours working and trying to change the world one relationship at a time with people who are passionate about politics, social justice, workforce development and multicultural learning.

With my busy international family (8 living of 11 children of Bill & Georgia Krider '38)and Bill's Satchwill also large extended family, their spouses, their children and now grandchildren, & great grandchildren, I also spend lots of time keeping up with what's happening on facebook. Hooray for this new way of connecting and re-connecting in 2010 and beyond!

Finally, I continue to get all mushy and sentimental about all these looking back memories, so I look forward. I imagine peace, watch new episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm and get a daily dose of anynews but Glenn Beck. I open many a magazine, rarely finish anything but the cartoons and fiction in the New Yorker, love trash novels that I get to read at the beach, re-reading all the words of Emily Dickinson, Hopkins, Sedaris, Ephron, the Brontes and more than a few textbooks, anthologies and dusty beloved books that I just cannot seem to throw away no matter how many times we've moved.

I love music & lyrics from Streisand, Maura O'Connell, Judy Collins, the brilliance of a soprano or the mellow sounds of an alto. I still listen and also love Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd & Led Zeppelin; John Lennon, Mozart and Brahms, Gilbert & Sullivan, sounds from any cello, French horn, oboe, tenor sax--and drums.

I also enjoy ALL kinds (and too often too much) red wine, smooth Scotch, Champagne bubbles, foods that others cook, and best of all now I find more time to wonder where you all are, what each of you has been up and where you've been since 1965. And, oh YES! I find time to take naps and savor the time to do absolutely nothing. Do you?

What the Woods Meant to Me

I came and left the Woods three times. In each decade, the Woods meant learning to learn what defines a genuine, 100% authentic private woman's college liberal arts catholic education. Each time there was time--for long talks, and walks, or quick bridge games, sharing secrets, making many memories, life long friends and making some monumental life changing decisions. My first time at the Woods was for two years, four semesters with the Class of 65.

The second time I came, in the spring of 1972, the Woods meant a unique opportunity, finally, to earn my Onyx; as a pioneer in the distance education program that would become the enrollment-saving innovation that has become the reason, I think, that the Woods has survived into the 21st Century. And, that second time culminated with graduation, Class of '74, with my sister Janie, whose ring I wear since her oh so untimely death in 2001 from mesothelioma cancer.

The third time I came, S. Barbara Doherty hired me away from a Corporate Hospital Administration job in Michigan. As a Vice President, the Woods meant giving up a much more lucrative job for yet another opportunity to serve and be served by all that the Woods means to all who come there--to work, to teach, to learn or simply to walk the Woods' sacred grounds.

The Woods with the Class of 65 meant: Audrey Volasky's English Class, French class with S. Georgiana, being in awe Sacred Scripture class with S. Alexa, working late nights or in the darkroom for Fagots, the Aurora, News & Propaganda Analysis with S.Mary Gregory; and S. Rosalie's theology final exam--which I wrote totally inebriated because I had slugged a hot toddy of straight Seagram 7 Crown to alleviate horribly debilitating cramps from the curse. The bottle for 'medicinal purposes only', was stashed in a tall blue box, giving forever memorable meaning to the branding of Moddess Because...

The Woods in the 70's meant completing my WED assignments at home, writing papers on Asian Literature to linguistics to Shakespeare and Zelda, gathering research or reading a text while watching the oven or washer/dryer-timers, stopping at the UC Public library on the way home from work, or sitting on the bleachers at a Little League game, then finally presenting a senior project, and getting my Woods Ring. WED was learning to meet the incredibly extraordinary academic standards of Jim Wynn, Patrick Harkins, S. (now) Jeanne Knoerle, S. Marie Denise my WED advisers and of course, graduating with Janie.

In the 90's the Woods meant knowing and admiring Alice Quinlan, fun zips across campus in Connie Bauer's red Miata convertible, and learning from and with Henry Diamant, S. Ruth Eileen, Jean Harrison, Mary Margaret Bowles, Kathi, Karen, Jackie, Melissa, Gwen, students I learned to love and count as life-long friends. The Woods meant meeting more women and men whose efforts re-awakened my passion for the quality of a SMWC education that every Woods faculty, staff and board member gives with endless generosity to literally thousands of students--because we love the Woods.

Oh--and that third time at the Woods meant helping to write and win the Lily Grant with S. Suzanne Daley to increase on-campus diversity, the initiation of the Single Mothers With Children program and the gloriously wonderful exchange program with Providence University in Taiwan. What a trip, right Mary Helen?

The abrupt end of that third journey back to the Woods left lasting scars, but I drove through the gates then, and return whenever I can, with an even greater understanding of the healing power of the 'place', the holy grounds that Woods women (and some really fine men!) have walked. Providence never fails!

Favorite School Stories:

With the Class of 65--Meeting Eileen Janssens and her dad at that recruitment event disguised as Journalism Workshop. I WAS NOT GOING TO SMWC--but Eileen was so cool, I thought it just might be fun anyway! Some flashbacks of the fun I could never have anticipated: A spring cookout/hike adventure Saturday escape-escapade complete with s'mores, probably some beer, ransacking files and breaking windows at that abandoned coal mine. (Whose finger got slashed and needed stitches?) The Woods winter ski trip to Eileen's family cabin in MI, made oh so much more dramatic by Carolyn's swerve and subsequent scary-because-the-musical-diva's 'possible injuries' in the other car meant a long, nervous stopover at the hospital in Kentland, IN. ND football weekends (especially the Navy game--forever thanks, Nance); The memorable Spring Break train ride to NYC, NJ and dancing on that pin-ball machine at that crowded bar in Connecticut; introducing dates to Annie B in Guerin and to whomever was the fully-habited, male-intimidating SisterWhomever on duty in LeFer; The Woods meant and still means friends, the confidence occasionally bordering on arrogance that comes from choosing a women's college, living my freshman year with 'girls' who delight me even now when I try to remember all their names and then, as a sophomore, sharing the sun-parlor suite with my two Kathy roommates, Ineman & Thursby. It was grand to live and learn at the Woods in those halcyon high-enrollment 60's. When I 'changed my mind about the convent' and wanted to come back--no rooms in LeFer, maybe second semester? The rest, as Providence would have it, is history.

Have I gotten all the best? Forgotten more than I can remember? Favorite Woods stories?--to be continued.

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Dec 08, 2018 at 1:31 PM

Hey there Judy! I’m in Broomfield/Denver until Tuesday...might you have time for a cup of coffee or lunch tomorrow or Monday? An early birthday toast! Catch up on some Onyx news? Hopefully all is good. 704-517-3756 to text or call my cell!

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Nov 25, 2018 at 7:59 PM

Posted on: Nov 24, 2018 at 7:50 PM

All these end of November birthdays are spectacular reminders of why we’re grateful—hope this is an enormously meaningful celebration!

Nov 18, 2018 at 2:55 PM

When I’m cruising through birthdates, I’m especially intrigued with wondering “how will the kids and grandchildren celebrate?” And then—yikes and yeegadsds, I notice I missed the date!!! October 23 was almost a month ago....so are you still celebrating as you all are gathering for Thanksgiving??? Party on, Demps! Party on.

Nov 15, 2018 at 3:32 PM

Wow. Hooray and how blessed to have a new granddaughter in your life to add a bonus to all the 75th birthday celebrations. Brilliant timing!

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Nov 12, 2018 at 3:39 PM

Posted on: Nov 11, 2018 at 12:03 PM

One of our many “Class” She-roes. Happy Birthday and thank you for your commitments and contributions to education, social justice, especially women’s education and good times for anyone who has ever partied with you! Cheers. —

Nov 05, 2018 at 9:53 AM

Zippidedoda zippideea—it’s the big diamond day! Love that November 4 is a double birthdays celebration for you and Vicky. Two most wonderful classmates who bring sparkle to so many!

Nov 03, 2018 at 5:37 PM

Wha-whoo’s finally earned the “diamond” birthday status? Why goodness, it’s the sparkling & spectacular Ms. Catherine! May I say, you’re quite the ‘gem’ as a friend, brilliant, and oh so valuable to so many friends and families you’ve encircled with your love and commitment. May celebratory cheers and hugs and glitter and glow rain down upon you all the days and years of your life. Party on til we’re all 101!

Oct 11, 2018 at 5:39 AM

May there be trumpets, glorious extravaganzas, spectacular songs and some terrific birthday wishes for today’s celebrations. May there also be simply lovely, sincere and hopeful moments when your heart is lifted because you allow yourself to be happy. Feel the love of the lives you’ve touched.

Oct 05, 2018 at 11:52 AM
Sep 24, 2018 at 7:32 PM

Hi and yahoo! Birthday celebratory cheers to you, Sue. I envy y’all in WI just imagining the spectacular colors on their way—and oh, the Packers! I am 100% sure you'll find some super ways to celebrate 75!

Sep 21, 2018 at 6:49 PM

I’m busily adding Birthday greeting to all The September celebrations and thinking of all the many back to school parties you all must have enjoyed! So here’s to life learning and many celebratory moments and memories!

Sep 21, 2018 at 6:46 PM

Happy Birthday Lil but mighty B! Immediate and long term happinesses, adventures, plus all the fine and fancy truffles and champagne you deserve! Cheers!

Sep 21, 2018 at 6:04 PM

Carpel tunnel attack from all these Birthday comments. As the super Math mind Barb Roguski noted—the 1942-43 holidays were oh so productive! No matter how anyone calculates it, we’re counting on you to engineer a celebration worthy of Newt! Cheers and beers. Congratulations and love y’all!

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Sep 18, 2018 at 9:48 AM

Posted on: Sep 16, 2018 at 3:18 PM

Three times to celebrate fabulous Woods women today—you and Marilyn and Kit give us triple options for cake, chocolates and champagne as we mark your membership in the diamond year! See you soon as we party on!

Sep 16, 2018 at 3:13 PM

Okey dokey Mary Catherine Rettig Overbeck. It’s the big diamond birthday celebration so I know you’re sparkling with the glitter of smiles and joyfully glorious birthday wishes from dearest Jack and your kiddos and grans! Much love, my dear friend. See ya soon!

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Sep 17, 2018 at 7:33 AM

Posted on: Sep 16, 2018 at 3:09 PM

Hi Marilyn and Happy Birthday! It’s always fun when I see 3 classmates whose birthdays give us triple the reasons to celebrate! Wishes for good things like wine, chocolates and the joys of family to fill your day with joy. Wish I still lived in Carmel so I could toast your 75th in person.

Sep 05, 2018 at 7:51 PM

Chiming in to add belated but sincere birthday wishes, Donna. I miss Carmel (we lived there for a few years) because there are so many fun ways to celebrate special occasions! Take time to revel in the pleasures—wherever and whenever you can!!!

Aug 09, 2018 at 7:32 PM
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Aug 04, 2018 at 7:24 AM

Posted on: Aug 03, 2018 at 8:42 PM

It’s nine o’clock on your 75th—and maybe, just perhaps, there’s a huge party in Cincinnati/-or perhaps in Italy or in California or anywhere in the world you are, Karen! From forever ago and until a forever of tomorrows there will be celebrating of your gifts of time, talent and treasure in the name of Our Lady of Providence! You’re one of the best!

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