Patricia M. Cahill, 88: Dietitian served as Public Health Service officer

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CAPE ELIZABETH — Patricia M. Cahill, 88, of Rocky Hill Road, died Aug. 29 at Seaside Nursing Home.

Cahill was born May 24, 1926, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of William and Marie Achen Waring. She grew up in Dubuque, where she graduated from St. Joseph Academy and Clarke College, majoring in food and nutrition.

She went on to become a dietitian and interned at the U.S. Public Health Hospital on Staten Island, New York. During the Korean War she was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, and later worked as a hospital dietitian in Boston. For many years she was a member of the American Dietetic Association.

She married Walter P. Cahill Jr. in 1952 and then worked as a homemaker, dedicated to raising her two sons. The family moved to Cape Elizabeth in 1965.

Cahill was a communicant of St. Bartholomew Parish and active in the church’s Women’s Club. She enjoyed collecting antiques and browsing garage sales, and was well-known for the blueberry cake and chocolate chip cookies she made.

She was predeceased by her husband in 2002, her brother, James Waring, and a sister, Joanne Martin.

Cahill is survived by her two sons, Michael and wife, Jane, of South Portland, and Walter and wife, Jennifer, of Portland, Oregon; five grandchildren, Rebecca Terry, of Needham, Massachusetts, Katherine Palman and husband, John, of South Portland, Samuel Cahill, of Boston, Timothy Cahill, of San Francisco, and Connor Cahill, of Seattle; and three great-grandchildren, Jack Taylor, and Maggie and Ben Terry. She also leaves a sister, Kay Faley, of Placentia, California, as well as many nieces and nephews.

At the family’s request, funeral and burial at Riverside Cemetery in Cape Elizabeth will be private, under the direction of Hobbs Funeral Home.

The family would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to the staff at Seaside Nursing Home for the care extended during the last three years.

Donations in Cahill’s memory may be made to the South Portland Food Cupboard, 130 Thadeus St., South Portland, ME 04106.

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