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Rosanna Katherine Beaufait Cahill
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Birth: Jan. 19, 1914
Death: Sep. 13, 2006


Rosanna K. Cahill (nee: Beaufait) was a descendant of Louis Beaufait, one of the early French settlers in Detroit. Louis arrived in 1761 and owned one of the original "ribbon" farms located on the Detroit River, along what is now Beaufait Avenue in Detroit near Belle Isle. He married Mary Teresa Marsac, who was born in Detroit in 1737 and was the daughter of Francis Marsac and Teresa Campau. The old Detroit names of Campau, Rivard, Beaupre, Groesbeck and Moran are among those who became related through marriage to the Beaufaits in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Louis was appointed to different judicial posts in the first years of American independence, and one of his sons served as a colonel in the War of 1812.

Mrs. Cahill's grandfather, Theodore, was born on the family farm in Detroit and lived there until he was 15 years old, when his father moved to Grosse Pointe where he continued to farm. The Grosse Pointe farm included land now occupied by such landmarks as the Lochmoor Country club, the Parcells Middle School, and mansions along Lake St. Clair. Rosanna Cahill's father, Joseph E. Beaufait, was a farmer and a prominent politician in the early days of Grosse Pointe, holding several elected offices, including Supervisor of Grosse Pointe Township and President of Lochmoor Village (now Grosse Pointe Woods). He left farming and became active in real estate development, and was one of the early subdividers of Grosse Pointe Woods. Mrs. Cahill's mother, Matilda (Couchez) Beaufait was one of twelve children and grew up on a farm in what is now St. Clair Shores.

Rosanna Cahill, born January 19, 1914, was the second oldest of eight children of Joseph and Matilda Beaufait. She grew up in Grosse Pointe and attended St. Paul's High School where she was a member of the girls' basketball team. As a girl and young woman, she enjoyed many athletic activities. She attended Marygrove College in Detroit and was a graduate of Siena Heights College in Adrian, Michigan. She was an elementary school teacher in Livonia, Michigan, until her marriage on November 28, 1942, to Robert W. Cahill, Sr., who was serving at the time in the U.S. Army Air Corps, and was stationed near Fresno, California. She had four children: Robert W., Jr., Patricia LaFond, Jennifer Shannon and Timothy. Mrs. Cahill returned to teaching later in life. She taught at Our lady of Sorrows in Farmington, at St. Michael's in Southfield, and for several years until her retirement at the Bagley Elementary School in Detroit. Her husband, Robert, Sr., owned a well-known camera repair business in Detroit. He died in July of 1974.

Rosanna Cahill was a resident of Detroit until 1959, and then a long-time resident of Farmington Hills until suffering a stroke in December, 1995. She was a member for many years of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Farmington Hills, and was actively involved in a number of charitable organizations. She experienced declining health over the past 10 years, and died Wednesday, September 13 at age 92 from continued complications of this stroke. In addition to her children, she is survived by four sisters, thirteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Deceased Spouse: the late Robert Cahill, deceased July, 1974
Surviving Daughters: Patricia LaFond (David) and Jennifer Shannon (James)
Surviving Sons: Robert (Sally) and Timothy (Debra)
Grandchildren: Heather, Patricia, Sarah, Michelle, Amy, Courtney, Kate, Kelly, Cara, Tamra, Timothy, Jr., Joel and Christopher
Great-grandchildren: 8
Surviving Sisters: Donna Gillis, Anita Karpen, Sr. Maris Stella and Betty Carrier

Visitation: Friday, September 22, 2006, from 2-8 PM at A. J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, 2600 Crooks Road, Troy, MI (between Maple and Big Beaver Roads), with an evening Scripture Service at 7 PM

Funeral Mass: Saturday, September 23, 2006 10:00 AM at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 4580 Adams Road, Troy, with Reverend Edward A. Belczak officiating. Prayers will be recited at the funeral home Saturday at 9:15 AM, followed by a procession to church.

Interment: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield, Michigan

Memorial Tributes may be made to:
Lourdes Nursing Home, 2300 Watkins Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48328  
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  Joseph Ephraim Beaufait (1884 - 1969)
  Matilda Couchez Beaufait (1884 - 1977)
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
Oakland County
Michigan, USA
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Record added: Sep 28, 2006
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Rosanna Katherine <i>Beaufait</i> Cahill
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Rosanna Katherine <i>Beaufait</i> Cahill
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So sorry for the loss of your loved one. I hope these verses at John 5:28,29 brings you comfort. Jehovah God will resurrect our loved ones to live, not in the heavens, but on a peaceful paradise earth. (Psalm 37:29)
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