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St. Johns Lutheran Church
Saturday October 2nd, 2021
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Vandalia Cemetery
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Dorothy Ann Cahill

Dorothy Ann Cahill, age 97, of Vandalia, MO passed away at 5:55 am Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, October 2, 2021, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Vandalia. Pastor Kenneth Schamber will officiate. Burial will be in the Vandalia Cemetery following the service. Pallbearers will be Travis Miller, Paul Mascarenas, Ron Morris, Floyd Vogt, Ron Suddarth and Dale Fischer.

Visitation celebrating Dorothy's life will be held at 10:00 am until the time of service Saturday, October 2, 2021, at St. John's Lutheran Church.

Dorothy, or Dotty, as she was known by her friends, was born on February 16, 1924, in Altona, Illinois the only child of Ralph and Anna (Forsberg) Failor.

She was united in marriage to Ernest Cahill, the love of her life, on February 20, 1943, by the Reverend F. A. Melzer at Trinity Lutheran Parsonage, Cape Girardeau, MO. As newlyweds they moved frequently as the Air Force moved them to different bases. Dotty loved the travel, seeing new places, meeting new friends and riding the troop trains. Ernest preceded her in death on November 22, 2006.

She is also preceded in death by her parents and her son, Spencer Cahill.

Survivors include her daughters and daughter-in-law, Anne Barnes (Danny), Donileen Loseke, Jane Cahill, Peggy Cahill (Dana Hayden); grandchildren Amy Miller (Travis), Nancy Barnes (Paul Mascarenas), Adam Barnes (Kristen), Kyle Hayden, and Deidre Hayden (Casey Bodenhausen); and great grandchildren, Ryan Miller, Anna Miller, Alex Barnes, Lauren Barnes, and Jaxson Trimm.

Dotty graduated from Walnut Grove Township High School in Altona, IL Class of 1942. She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altona and in the Junior Missionary Society, Luther League and choir.

When Ernest returned from WWII, Dotty and Ernie settled in Woodhull, IL on a farm owned by Dotty’s farther and started their new family. Dotty belonged to the Ladies Aid at Bethany Lutheran Church, Rio Junior Woman’s Club and sang in the Woman’s Club Chorus.

In January 1952, Dotty and Ernie bought a farm south of Vandalia, MO. In 1962, they sold the farm and bought a bright red house in Vandalia, MO where they lived for 41 years.

Dorothy was an active member of St. John's Lutheran Church where she played the organ every Sunday, baked luscious pies and desserts for the annual bazaar and was active in the Women’s Guild as well as serving as secretary and Christian Growth Chairwoman for the Northeast Missouri Zone Lutheran Women’s Missionary League.

Dorothy loved music. She taught piano lessons in Vandalia, Mo for over 35 years teaching as many as 50 children and several adults every week. In addition, she taught organ lessons a couple nights a week at various churches in Vandalia. She held a recital on the first Sunday of May for all her students and was proud of their many accomplishments. She retired from music lessons in 1996.

Dotty also led an active life as a member of PTA, Band Parents, P.E.O, St. Cecelia Music Club, Girl Scout leader and served on the town swimming pool board. She also traveled with friends exploring new places and fishing in the Ozarks.

After retirement, Dotty and Ernie satisfied their wanderlust by taking their grandchildren on trips around the country. And as always, she stayed active in the community volunteering at the food pantry and the Northeast Women’s Correctional Center.

In 2018, Dotty moved to an apartment at Tri-County Care Center. Her family wishes to thank the many compassionate and loving care givers and staff at Tri-County Care Center that made her final years and days so special.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church 414 S Main St., Vandalia, MO 63382 or the Tri-County Care Center 601 N Galloway Rd, Vandalia, MO 63382, in care of Waters Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made to the family on Dorothy's memorial page at www.watersfuneral.com

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Anne, Danny and all the family, we are sorry to hear of your Mom's death. We know that you can be comforted that she is with Ernie and Spencer. With sincere sympathy.

Sherri and Lee Roy Oct 14 2021 1:45 PM

Dotty was a wonderful long time friend to my Mom. They had lots of fun times together for many years. She was a fun, caring, generous lady. She will be missed.

Brenda Clay Bartz Oct 13 2021 6:08 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Dorothy Cahill

Gloria Henning Oct 9 2021 4:23 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Dorothy Cahill

Carla Wortman Oct 3 2021 9:43 AM

For 12 years going to that red house and seeing her for my Monday after school lessons was always one of my highlights of the week. She was one of Vandalia's finest and one of the most patient and kind ladies I knew. I'm so glad I got to visit, reminisce, and catch up with her a few times after she moved to TCCC. May she rest well.

Tim Trower Oct 2 2021 12:12 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Dorothy Cahill

Tim Trower Oct 2 2021 12:02 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Dorothy Cahill

Julie Stoutz Oct 2 2021 7:07 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Dorothy Cahill

Jean Barnes Oct 1 2021 9:29 PM

Dear Dotty
You were a special woman of God in our family's life. We first came to know you because of being the "organist " for the church Mark was called to. You are responsible for allowing a pastor's family to celebrate Christmas Day together building their own traditions because you refused to play organ on Christmas Day because of your beautiful and special family Christmas traditions!
Ernie, you, and your family accepted our children and allowed them to be children. You did not put any "pastor's kids" label on them. As our time together went on you modeled for our family your Christian faith. We thank God that we were connected to you and your family through our ministry in Vandalia. Even though our hearts desire is to be with your family at this time due to circumstances we cannot. To your family we pray that God will hold you in the palm of His hand and that you will continue in the faith Dotty and Ernie modeled and lived out before and with you!
All our love,

Mark and Pat Wenger Oct 1 2021 1:10 PM

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