|Birth: ||May 15, 1899|
|Death: ||Sep. 14, 1973|
Spouse Eugene Thomas
Father William Schaleben
Mother Lena Helling
Mrs. Irene Cahill was buried September 18, in St. Ann's cemetery. She died the previous Friday afternoon at St. Mary's Hospital, Minneapolis, of cancer.
Mrs. Cahill was 74. She was born in Linden, Brown County, on May 14, 1899. Her parents, Wilhelm and Lina Schaleben, christened her Kirtlandean Marion Irene.
In Madelia High School, Irene led in music and dramatics and social activities. She helped make her home a center for young people who came to Madelia for athletic games, Chatauqua, plans and the like in those early days. When her father brought the first flying circus to southern Minnesota to advertise his real estate business right after World War I, she went aloft with the pilot while he put his Jenny plane through spectacular loop-the-loops, turns and nose dives.
Mrs. Cahill graduated from the Minneapolis School of Music and made her debut in a concert in Minneapolis. Shortly after, she married Eugene Cahill, who had himself finished St. Thomas College in St. Paul at the same time. He was the son of William and Elizabeth Cahill. The father had a lumber yard in Janesville. The first Cahills had arrived in Janesville from Ireland via Fort Dodge, Iowa., in the mid 1850's.
Gene worked with the Cahill-Lampert Lumber Co. in Janesville after their marriage. Irene quickly became a leader in women's and social activities. She took over the Princess movie theater on the main street, and operated it until they moved to Mankato, where Gene worked as a coal salesman. In the silent picture days, she played the piano accompaniment while the actors gestured and words flashed across the bottom of the screen carried the story line.
She taught piano to scores of youngsters, as well as elocution and dramatics.
Gene and Irene moved to Minneapolis in the late 1930's, built a store and home in suburban Richfield and operated a retail paint business. In 1952, Gene died of an unexpected heart attack. That was the firs6 of a series of family tragedies. Their two children both died of cancer.
After Gene's death, Mrs. Cahill retained the store building but sold the business and continued nursing at General Hospital in Minneapolis. She had started that new career when 44 years old.
The services were conducted by Father W. D. Sullivan at St. Ann's Catholic Church. Irene's sisters-in-law, Nuncie and Cynthia Cahill, and her brothers-in-law, Dr. Ted Cahill of Chicago, and Paul Cahill of Janesville were hosts at a luncheon at the church and received mourners during the day at the Cahill home.
Janesville Argus 9-26-1973
Contributed by S. R. Allen
Eugene Thomas Cahill (1899 - 1952)*
Patricia I Cahill Palmisano (1920 - 1959)*
William Eugene Cahill (1922 - 1965)*
Saint Anns Cemetery
Created by: julrene thornberg
Record added: Jul 21, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 73715036
S R Allen
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