Isabel Schaefer Cahill


Isabel Schaefer Cahill, 93, of Vero Beach, Fla., and Martha’s Vineyard died peacefully at her home in Indian River Estates, Vero Beach, on August 13. She was born on Oct. 10, 1922, in Boston, the only daughter of Mary and George J. Schaefer. Her two brothers, George and Gerard, predeceased her. She also lived in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Loudonville, N.Y., and New Canaan, Conn.

She was a graduate of the Ursuline School in New Rochelle, N.Y., and Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY.

Known for her devotion to husband and family, she took a leadership role in her community, children’s schools and sporting activities. She loved playing golf at Waccabuc Country Club in Waccabuc, N.Y., was a charter member of Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, and was an active member of Bent Pine Golf Club, Vero Beach, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 58 years, John J. Cahill, her high school sweetheart and the love of her life. She is survived by five children, Susan Gebhardt of Seattle, Wash., Geraldine Ordway (Christopher) of Houston, Texas, Julia Cahill of New York, N.Y., John Cahill of Vineyard Haven, and Elizabeth Cahill Ruksznis (David) of New Canaan, Conn. Also surviving are eight adoring grandchildren, Ursula Gebhardt Mann, Leo Gebhardt, Christopher Ordway, Katharine Ordway Reishman, Stephen Ordway, John Ordway, Isabel Ruksznis, and Grace Ruksznis, and 10 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on Thursday, August 18, at Indian River Estates in Vero Beach.

In lieu of flowers, please direct gifts to the Farm Neck Foundation, P.O. Box 1656, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557. An online guestbook is available at