Regina A. Cahill

Regina A. Cahill, nee Grobe, age 65, of Elmhurst, former Health teacher and gymnastics coach at Fenton High School, founding board member Ronald McDonald House at Loyola Hospital, former President Fenwick Mother’s Club; beloved wife of John; loving mother of Michael, Patrick, (fianceé Erin Plecha), Connor and Daniel; loving sister of Richard (Peggy), Loanne, Mark (Lily) and Marianne Grobe; cherished daughter of the late John A. and the late Ethel, nee Casey, Grobe; fond aunt and great-aunt of many nieces and nephews. Visitation Monday, 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. until time of funeral 8:45 a.m. at Gibbons Funeral Home, 134 South York Road, (½ mile North of Saint Charles Road), Elmhurst. Mass of Christian Burial 9:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Interment Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Hillside. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 225 N Michigan Ave, Ste 1200, Chicago, IL 60601. For funeral information please call 630-832-0018 or





3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Gibbons Funeral Home
134 South York Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126





8:00 a.m. until 8:45 a.m.
Gibbons Funeral Home
134 South York Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126





9:30 a.m. at
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
134 Arthur Street
Elmhurst, IL





Following Mass
Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery
1400 South Wolf Road
Hillside, IL


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the

American Cancer Society, 225 N Michigan Ave, Ste 1200, Chicago, IL 60601

35 comments on “Regina A. Cahill
  1. Kirk Eledge says:

    I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss and please accept my condolences on the passing of your wife, mother, aunt, sister and friend. Reggie as we all called her, was one of the first individuals that I met on campus at what was then called Briar Cliff College. She was so full of life and her exuberance for college life was something that all of us wanted to share with her. It has been over 40 years and her big personality, that beautiful smile and especially her full belly laugh, have never left my memory. I truly feel blessed to have known her. Reggie had a soft and giving heart and I can only imagine that she was a wonderful loving and caring wife/mother. May she rest in peace

    Kirk Eledge “Class of 76”

    • Loanne Grobe says:

      Thanks Kirk for those comforting words. Regina was still that person to everyone who knew her. She was a great sister, mother, wife, aunt,and friend. She fought a long, hard battle with cancer for almost one year. She never lost her smile. She is at peace now. Loanne

  2. Don Gesicki says:

    We are broken hearted for you, the boys and all of us who will miss Regina. Love and prayers Don and Diane

  3. Josephine Bastianoni says:

    Dr. Cahill, Michael, Patrick, Daniel, and Connor, please accept my sympathy at the loss of your most loved mother, Regina. God bless and care for you in this time of sorrow and loss. Josephine Bastianoni

  4. Chuck & Nancy Wallace says:

    Our deepest condolences.
    Chuck & Nancy Wallace

  5. Janice Girando says:

    Goodbye, my sweet cousin. I will always remember so fondly holidays our families spent together growing up, and the times mother and Tootsie dragged picnic baskets and floatie toys to the beach for us when we were little. Regina was the ringleader who made everything more fun. She has gotten her heavenly wings way too soon. I will miss her.

  6. Lisa Rhiel says:

    We had the wonderful opportunity to meet Regina & John through our sons UW Madison rowing events and have fond memories we will cherish forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with John, Connor, and the entire Cahill family. She will be greatly missed.
    With Loving Memory,
    Richard & Lisa Rhiel

  7. Janet Fleming says:

    Regina was such a bright light !! We are blessed to have known her!! Hugs and prayers to all who loved her!❤️❤️

  8. Colleen scully says:

    Gone but never ever forgotten. You will be with us always my wonderful friend.You are now pain free and able to watch over your beautiful family like the mama bear you have always been.Love Colleen

  9. Kathy McGah says:

    My condolences to the Cahill and Grobe families. Regina was special- a friend to all.

  10. Alexander Michael Roth says:

    This is so sad. I’m so sorry, Cahill’s and Grobe’s.

  11. Kathy Rooker says:

    John, there are no words to express my thoughts, I am so sorry for your and the boys loss. You all are in my prayers. May Regina rest in peace. Love Kathy Rooker (Hartley)

  12. Roxanne Demanuele says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathy. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Roxanne Demanuele

  13. Cindy Schwartz says:

    So sorry for this devastating loss. May her Memory always be a blessing ❤️
    Much Love,
    Cindy Schwartz & Family

  14. Krystyna Aghai says:

    With deepest sympathy our family is keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers .

  15. Linda and Tom Dunne says:

    John, I was so sorry to hear about Reggie this morning. I have been thinking about all the laughs I had with her at Fenton, your wedding reception (Linda has always called it the best ever) and the blood drives that Reggie sponsored. We are saddened for you and your sons…its heartbreaking that she is gone and I will always remember how vibrant and funny she was. Tom Dunne

  16. Mike Negles says:

    John and Family. I just saw the notice about your loss and am saddened. Please know that we have you and your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Mike and Gretchen Negles

  17. Bob Hopkinson says:

    John, So sorry for your loss, our deepest sympathy for you and your family.
    Bob and Paula Hopkinson

  18. The Iannessa Family says:

    Dear John, Michael,Patrick,Conner and Danny. Our condolences on Regina’s passing. She is at peace and in the loving arms of our Father; this peace transcends all of our understanding. God’s speed and comfort to you all during this time.

  19. John Podlasek says:

    My deepest sympathy to the Cahill and Grobe families.

    Fenwick ’72

  20. Ken Cotuno says:

    John and family, so very saddened to hear of your loss today. While I did not know your wife and mother, I know your father and can only imagine what a fine lady she must have been. It appears Regina spent as much time helping others as you have my friend. I hope you find solace in many fond memories shared with your family and friends over these very trying days. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless you all.

    Ken and Charlene Cotuno

  21. Lisa Desideri says:

    I am deeply saddened to hear about the loss of Regina. My deep condolences to her family.

  22. Tim Koch says:

    Dear John, Michael, Patrick, Connor, Daniel and extended family,

    Truth be told, as Regina’s junior by four years, while late in grade school at Immaculate Conception, we interacted regularly with the Immaculate Conception High School students … and Regina was my first schoolboy crush!

    Not just because of her external beauty, but also because of her internal beauty, manifested by being fun, funny and remarkably kind! Anyone who observed her in those days knew she’d be the great Mom she became.

    Regina left the world better than she found it; thanks for sharing her with so many organizations and people.

    Our sincerest condolences on your profound lost, words aren’t enough because it simply sucks! Please find some comfort in knowing that Regina and all her loved ones remain in our prayers for comfort and peace.

    With love,

    The Terry (Kevil) & Tim Koch Family

  23. Lisa Desideri says:

    My sincere condolences to Regina’s family.

  24. Todd Wilkins says:

    John and family my deepest condolences as Regina will be missed and words cannot make anything better today. Heaven has just received one of the kindest persons I have ever met in Regina . Our thoughts and prayers for all you are ongoing as her peace has been granted at great sacrifice of the ones she loved and so loved her . I know she was greeted by a special Angel for sure .

    Todd and the Kids

  25. Brendan Keleher says:


    I am so sorry to hear about Regina’s untimely death. You and your family must be devastated. The randomness of life and death remains a great mystery to me because it seems to arbitrarily spawn both intense happiness and profound sadness; sometimes, simultaneously.

    Regina was a beautiful person, both inside and out, and will be greatly missed.


  26. Senate President James “Pate” Philip and Mrs. Nancy Philip says:

    Dr. Cahill, we want to extend our deepest sympathy on the loss of your wife.
    We did not know her, but you have been my cardiologist since 2004 and hope you find comfort at this very sad time, in knowing that you are not only my Doctor but I consider you a friend.
    We will keep you and your family in our prayers.
    God Bless You and Your Family!

  27. Hank Cruger says:

    My sympathies to the Cahill and Grobe Families.

  28. Fr. Gerald Riva says:

    My heartfelt condolences to Jack and the family at the passing of Regina. Know she and you are in my prayers and will be saying mass for all of you this coming Saturday. May she rest in Peace. Fr. Gerald Riva

  29. Bob Brejcha '72 says:

    My condolences to you John and your sons..

  30. Gerard and Rose Aranha says:

    Dear John, Michael, Patrick, Daniel and Connor,
    Please accept sincere and heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your beloved wife and mother, Regina. She was a great lady in every way. May happy memories sustain you at this difficult time. The Cahill and Grobe families are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Gerard and Rose Aranha

  31. Allen Zielinski says:

    John and family, I am crushed by your loss. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you or yours.
    John, you are always welcome for a break, whether La Canada, San Clemente or Eugene, OR.
    Allen Zielinski, Class of ’72

  32. Brigid says:

    Dr. Cahill and Family,
    On behalf of my sister Kathy and I, we wanted to express our sincere condolences on the loss of your Mom and Loving Wife.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Brigid Donohue
    Clearwater Florida

  33. Brian Sible says:

    Dr. Cahill and Family,

    On behalf of my parents (Tom and Sharon), my wife Cathie, and myself, we wanted to express our sincere condolences on the loss of your Loving Wife, Sister, and Mother.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Brian Sible, Class of ’79

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