Katrina Sue Bellem
Katrina Sue (Buehrer) Bellem passed away surrounded by her loving family on July 16, 2021.
Katrina was born on March 11, 1963 in Excelsior Springs, MO. She married Todd Bellem, the love of her life on June 11. Todd and Katrina met at a 5k race while attending Mizzou and the rest is history. They lived in Tolland, Connecticut for 5 years, then settled in Prairie Village, Kansas where they lived for the next 25 years. The two celebrated their 33rd anniversary this year.
Katrina was a dedicated Physical Therapist and spent the last 15 years working for the Hickman Mills School District where she was loved and admired by her amazing coworkers and students. Todd and Katrina had two daughters, Lexi and Savannah, whom she loved dearly. Katrina enjoyed many adventures with her family, especially in the beloved Winnebago camper. She took several trips in the last year of her life, including exploring Utah’s National Parks, Coeur d’Alene, Grand Teton, Phoenix, Ft. Lauderdale, Breckenridge, and Estes Park.
Running was a huge part of Katrina’s life, which helped her stay very active even while battling cancer for the past five years. She has gained many friends from running and competed in countless races, including the Boston Marathon. She had quite the competitive spirit and took home many first place titles over the years.
Katrina was preceded in death by her father Gary Buehrer. She is survived by her husband Todd Bellem, her daughters Lexi Bellem and Savannah McGillicuddy (Tommy), her mother Barbara Buehrer, and her sister Denise Buehrer.
Katrina would like to give special thanks to her family for being there all throughout her difficult times; Todd, Lexi, Savannah and Tommy, Barbara, Denise, her sister- and brother-in-law Kris and Dan Schenkelberg, her nieces Anna and Tessa Schenkelberg, and her father-in-law Norm Bellem. She would also like to thank her long-time friends from Excelsior Springs; Susan and Marty Berndt and Susan and Jeff Claycomb; plus her faithful Prairie Village running friends who stuck with her throughout her battle with cancer; Sara Aitken, Susan Campbell, Barbie O’Toole, Mary Luder, and Anne Edmonds.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider donating to the University of Kansas Health System’s Sarcoma Program at www.kansashealthsystem.com/giving/donate. Select “other” under “Gift designation” and type “Katrina Bellem” under “Tribute Gift.”
Funeral service will be held on July 22nd at 10am at Village Presbyterian Church on Mission Road.
These are difficult times in many ways. Please follow Katrina’s example and be kind to one another. Share a smile and brighten someone’s day. Give as you can to those in need. And most importantly, love those close to you with all your heart, as if life is as short as it was for our dear Katrina.