Kathleen Cahill
1940 - 2020
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Kathleen Cahill

- - Kathleen Cahill (nee Lawhead) was born the youngest of three children to Naomi (nee Scannell) and James Lawhead in Lorain, Ohio in 1940. There she had a happy and loving childhood particularly in school where her lifelong devotion to Catholic education was forged. She was Homecoming Queen and Captain of the Cheerleaders at St. Mary's High where the nuns loved her and even tried to persuade her to join the order, but she politely declined. Instead, she continued her education at Marygrove College and began to lay down roots in Michigan - roots that would spread wider than she could possibly imagine. Kathy's connection to Catholic education continued when she accepted a teaching position at St. Mary's of Redford, where she met a handsome young colleague named Dan. Mr. Cahill and Miss Lawhead became an item, and soon they were married and Kathy began to realize her true dream of being a wife and mother. When Kathy's youngest child became school aged, she realized she wanted to use her free time to give back to the Catholic community. Specifically, she wanted to share her passion for and knowledge of early childhood development to help young mothers in the parish and school community of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Beverly Hills. With the blessing of then pastor, Fr. Henry Villerot, the OLQM Early Childhood Program (ECP) was born in 1980. In those days, Catholic school enrollment was declining with several on the verge of closing. Yet, the ECP was beyond capacity, and many have said without exaggeration that it saved Our Lady Queen of Martyrs school. Today, forty years of growth and expansion later, the OLQM ECP is still going strong. Kathleen leaves behind a legacy of faith and service to her own family and to hundreds of other families and alumni in the OLQM parish. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Dan, her daughter Kate, sons Dan (Darlene), Brendan (Melissa), and Michael (Tania), and her grandchildren Caroline, Brady, Noah, and William, who were the true joy of her later years. Kathleen is also survived by her brother James Lawhead (Barbara), late sister Leslie Castelli, brother-in-law Patrick Cahill (Leslie), sister-in-law Christine Cahill (the late Frank), numerous nieces, nephews, and godchildren, as well as so many parents, children and colleagues whom she touched over the decades and who remember her with such fondness. Finally, Kathleen was blessed to share more than a half century of laughter and love with her treasured "St. Mary's Friends." Kathleen lived a life of passion and purpose, and though she will be dearly missed, she has earned her eternal reward. May she rest in peace. Family will receive friends Monday, June 29, 2020 from 3-8pm with a 7pm Rosary at A.J. Desmond & Sons (Vasu, Rodgers & Connell Chapel), 32515 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak, (248) 549-0500. Funeral Mass Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 10am at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, 32340 Pierce St., Beverly Hills. Visitation begins at 9:30am. Masks must be worn at the funeral home and church. Please visit AJDesmond.com for livestreaming info. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kathleen's memory to Our Lady Queen of Martyrs-Early Childhood Program, 32340 Pierce St., Beverly Hills, MI 48025. Make checks payable to OLQM and note "In memory of Kathleen Cahill - ECP"

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Published in The Detroit News & Detroit Free Press from Jun. 26 to Jun. 28, 2020.
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June 30, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. Please accept our sincerest condolences.
Tom and Cindy Kearney
Cynthia & Tom Kearney
June 30, 2020
I have many fond memories if Kathy. We had just moved in from New York and she stopped by to welcome me. She also wanted to tell me about OLQM and invite me to join the parish. She was warm, friendly and definitely on a mission.
My sympathy to you Dan and Danny, Brendan, Kate and Michael. She rejoiced in you and love you. May she rest in peace.

Sharon Wetherington
June 30, 2020
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Leslie Hoffman
June 29, 2020
Like a lot of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School families we met Kathleen through OLQM Pre-School and Sunday School. Her desire to give each child their best start was evident on day one and each day there after. Her legacy of early childhood education lives on in each life she touched. We remember her fondly and extend our deepest sympathies to the Cahill Family. Beth, Dave, Nick and Claire Brauer
June 29, 2020
So very sorry for your loss, Dan. I attended St. Mary's of Redford--Class of '64 and remember you both. You both seemed so much older and mature than we students when actually it was only a 5 year difference or so. My thoughts and prayers for you and your families. God bless you. You did good.
Mike Williams
June 29, 2020
My deepest sympathy. Kathy and I were in charge of the recreational activities at Lakeview Park in Lorain during the summer of 1963. She was a gracious young lady.
Robert Hayden
June 28, 2020
Im sorry to hear of your loss Dan. I remember meeting your lovely bride at your home in Royal Oak many years ago. She made Carolyn and me feel do welcome. Our prayers are with you and your family Dan during this sad time.
Steve Alderman
June 27, 2020
Sorry to hear about your lost Mr. Cahill. I remember Miss Lawhead. I did not know that you two became an item.
George A. Kamor
June 27, 2020
I have only happy memories of Kathy in high school. She was always happy and full of energy. I am not surprised at all that she had such a productive life and used her abilities to help others. May happy memories help her family at this time of loss and may she rest in the arms of Jesus.
Rosemary L Schuler
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