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Mary Janice Cahill

October 28, 1936 — February 9, 2023

Mary Janice (Rush) Cahill, 86, of Dakota City, Nebraska, passed peacefully on February 9th, 2023, in Sioux City, Iowa. A funeral mass will be held Thursday, February 16th at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in South Sioux City, NE.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at Mohr & Becker-Hunt Funeral Home.  Burial will be at St. Michael’s Cemetery.  Online condolences may be made to www.meyerbroschapels.com.

She was born in Omaha, Nebraska to James and Catherine (Pearl Breslin) Rush.  After her mother’s passing, Mary was raised by her Aunt Margaret Beller in Sioux City with her five cousins who were like siblings to her. After graduating from Heelan in 1955, she worked as a telephone operator, PBX operator, Dakota County election clerk, and an office secretary. She volunteered her time as a Girl Scout leader and a council chairperson, a parish council member of St. Michael’s Church, and an assistant 4-H leader.

In 1956, she married James Cahill at St. Michael’s Church in Sioux City, IA. Mary was a beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was known for sharing her gifts of baking, quilting, cooking, and gardening with her family. She enjoyed helping her children in their pursuits throughout life, and assisting her grandchildren with many school and 4-H projects. Mary had an extreme soft spot for babies, making her an amazing great-grandmother. She could often be found playing games and reading books with the youngest in her family.

She is survived by her three daughters and their spouses. Cheryll and Scott Malcom, Margaret (Peggy) and Dennis Stolze, and Tammy Cahill-Lane all of Dakota City. Six grandchildren: Tessa Adams, Kally Malcom-Bjorklund, Austin Stolze, Brandon Stolze, Tyler Lane, and Danielle Lane. She has nine great grandchildren: Caelan Adams, Camden Adams, Amelia Adams, Kaedyn Willis, Kyler Lane, Tyson Lane, Easton Lane, James Bjorklund, and Matthew Bjorklund. Her cousins: Thomas Beller, Midge Bollmeyer, Judy Dennett, and Charles Beller.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James, her parents, her aunt, Margaret Beller, and her cousin Joseph Beller.

Mary was a loving and devoted wife, a woman of great faith and kindness, and a phenomenal mother and grandmother. She will be deeply missed by all her loved ones.


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