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Katherine (Katie) R Cahow
(07-12-1951 - 08-21-2016)

 Katherine (Katie) R. Cahow, 65, of Elgin, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, August 21, 2016. Born in Indianapolis to Robert D. Risch (Bob) and Margaret (Margie) Risch, she graduated from Shortridge High School in 1969. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Washington University and her Master’s Degree from Indiana University in education. She was a devoted reading teacher, helping her students excel in elementary and college classrooms.

Katie and Brad were married on August 28,1982. Katie was deeply involved in her children’s lives. She volunteered at the schools her children attended and supported all of their many extracurricular activities. She loved reading, rock concerts, swimming, and traveling.

Above all, Katie was devoted to her family and friends. Katie was a fantastic mother, wife, sister and friend. She was a strong, compassionate, generous person with a fun-loving spirit. Katie was a true role model for her family and will be greatly missed by her husband Bradley E. Cahow of 34 years, son Jonathan (Jon) of Buffalo Grove, daughter Margaret (Margie) of Chicago, and brother Lawrence (Larry) Risch, of Portland, OR.

Memorial visitation will be held on Friday, August 26 from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm in Ola la IJORERE in Elgin (51 S Spring Street). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital Chicago Foundation at http://foundation.luriechildrens.org/goto/katherinecahow.
Arrangements for Laird Funeral Home 847.741.8800 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com

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