Bette Cahill, 95, of La Crosse passed away on Saturday August 6th 2016, at Benedictine Manor in La Crosse.
She was born on July 11, 1921, in La Crosse to George and Mary E. (Dickson) Wright. In 1930, her father died and she went to live with her Grandmother Dickson on a small farm in Rudolph, Wisconsin. There she formed a lasting bond with her older cousin Bill Stout The family did not have very much but Bill always found a way to place a candy bar in her lunch every Friday.
Early in World War II she met James Cahill at an Army dance at Fort McCoy. The relationship blossomed and they were married on September 8, 1948, after he returned from the European Theater. He preceded her in death on March 30, 1992.
Bette worked at St Francis School of Nursing for 43 years and thoroughly enjoyed being with the students. She retired in 1983, to enjoy her retirement with her husband Jim.
Bette was a long time member of both the Cathedral and Holy Trinity Parishes and a supporter of Aquinas High School, her alma mater. She enjoyed playing cards with her close friends, cheering at Aquinas sporting events, knitting for family, and fishing with her husband Jim.
She is survived by a sister Mary Alice Kerrigan (Scott) of Corrales, New Mexico and two sons, Michael (Judy) of Morrison, Colorado and James Thomas (Ann); and 5 grandchildren Katherine, Cassandra, Gavin, Haley and MacKenzie.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM Friday August 26, 2016, at Holy Trinity Church 1333 So. 13th St. La Crosse, Wis. Rev. Rick Roberts will officiate with burial to be held in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, La Crosse, Wis. Family and friends may visit from 9:00 AM until the time of Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Friday
The family would like to express their profound gratitude to the staff of Benedictine Manor for enabling our mother to maintain her dignity and independence during the last 12 and one half years of her life. We are truly grateful to you.