Ann Walsh Cahouet, of Sewickley Heights, passed away Monday, June 7, 2021, at the age of 90. She was the daughter of the late Ann Guest Walsh and Charles H. Walsh, of Annapolis, Md.; and beloved wife of the late Frank V. Cahouet, of Mellon Bank (now, BNY Mellon). She was preceded in death by her brother, Semmes Walsh. She is survived by her children, Ann P. Cahouet, Mary Cahouet-Rotondi (Armando Rotondi), Frank V. Cahouet Jr. (Pamela) and David R. Cahouet (Katherine); by her six grandchildren; and by her 11 nieces and nephews. Family members, friends, and caregivers knew Mom as pure light. Despite longtime physical challenges, Mom remained the same warm, kind, wise, funny and appreciative person we had always known. In her gentle way, Mom taught everyone in our family the grace of resilience. Among Mom's gifts was a musical ear that she revealed at the age of four when she climbed onto her family's piano bench and offered a perfect rendition of the piece her older brother had been practicing for his lesson. From there, Mom went on to earn a bachelor's degree in music from Sweet Briar College in Virginia. Later, as our dad's career led the family to relocate to various cities, Mom founded volunteer singing groups in each new community. Mom would direct and accompany the groups on piano, often by ear, and the group members and she would sing at nursing homes and prisons. Another of Mom's passions was tutoring children in foster and group homes. She bonded with each child and helped them develop skills in reading and math so they could thrive. Most important of all, Mom gave the kids she tutored love and the knowledge that they mattered. Of all of Mom's gifts, her ability to give and receive love and to be fully present to everyone who needed her leave her family, friends, and caregivers immensely proud of her life. Funeral services will be private, and her loved ones look forward to holding a celebration of her life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, her family invites you to support North BoroughsSewickley Area Meals on Wheels or Nazareth Prep's St. Joseph the Worker Fund at Holy Family Institute in Emsworth.
Published in Triblive Online Only on Jun. 10, 2021.