Kathleen Hinderer

November 12, 1958October 12, 2020

Aged 61, went home to be with our Lord October 12, 2020 after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family. Kathy was born on November 12, 1958 to Ervin and Donna McDonald. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy and continued her education with Master of Science degrees in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Medicine from the University of Washington. Her education culminated with a Doctorate in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan. Kathy lived a life of service toward others. She dedicated herself to children and adults with special needs through a equine assisted therapy program that she developed as founder of the Michigan Abilities Center. She touched the lives of so many through her compassion, creativity, and skill.

Kathy is survived by her husband Steve, son Benjamin, and daughter-in-law Hope Hinderer. In addition, she is survived by sisters Jane (Steve) Pohl and Susan (Rob) Bertoni and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 19 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Ann Arbor, with visitation at the church at 9:15 a.m. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Chelsea. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (, Heritage Hill Haven ( or the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International (


  • Visitation

    Monday, October 19, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, October 19, 2020

  • Interment

    Monday, October 19, 2020


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Kelly Raymond

October 21, 2020

Uncle Steve and Ben,
So very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you guys.
-Kelly and T.J.

Cindi Burt

October 19, 2020

My condolences to Dr. Hinderer, Ben and their extended family, during this very difficult time. I hope that soon your grief is softened by the wonderful memories you shared and in the knowledge of all the lives Kathleen impacted during her life. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Karen Murphy

October 18, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Kathy’s passing. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting her personally I met her via phone over the past couple years when she would coordinate care for her husband’s practice; she was always so kind and patient.
My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with her family in this most difficult time.

Tina Raymond

October 17, 2020

Uncle Steve and Ben,

I'm very sorry for your loss and am thinking of you both in these difficult times from afar.

Jon Young

October 16, 2020


It is with much sadness that I learned of your Kathy's passing. I wish my sincerest condolences for your loss. I only hope that you find comfort knowing that Kathy helped 1000s of injured patients and families regain their best with her assistance.


John Cherney

October 15, 2020

I started working for Kathy in 2004, and worked basically straight through until 2010, then came back several more times! It was such a joy working for the children- and for her! I also liked the horses- but admit I am a people person. Working in the barn was fun, especially throwing hay. Feeding and cleaning hooves was fun too. Shoveling manure- not so much!
God Bless You Kathy,
You Will Be Missed!

Margie Molloy

October 15, 2020

Uncle Steve and Ben, I am sorry for your loss.


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