Gena L. Cahill

27 septiembre , 193215 junio , 2021

NAPLES, FL – Gena L. Cahill, 1932-2021, recently of Naples, Florida but always a Cape Codder at heart, passed away peacefully at age 88 on June 15th, 2021. She was born on September 27, 1932, in Waterbury, VT to Carmella and Giovanni Palermo, and grew up in Waterbury, VT. Mrs. Cahill attended Waterbury High School and attended undergrad at the University of Vermont and received a bachelor’s degree in Business.

She married the love of her life, Alan, in 1955, produced three incredible children, Thomas, Deborah and John, and the family grew up together on the Cape.

Gena and her husband Alan cared for countless families as a part of his medical practice and were a beloved part of the Cape Cod community.

From 1985 to 1994, Gena served as a Department of Army Civilian, culminating as the executive secretary for General Schwarzkopf during Desert Shield/ Desert Storm, 1990-1991. At some point after this, her husband Alan nicknamed her “General G” and the family would fondly use this moniker throughout her life. True to her Italian heritage, Gena loved her family and truly enjoyed preparing amazing dinners. Her beautiful smile and infectious laughter were constant companions to her family and friends.

Mrs. Cahill’s son John, daughter Deborah and her many friends and relatives will truly miss her indomitable spirit, humor, and incredibly caring disposition. The friends and staff at her residence in Moorings Park in Naples, Florida have lost their kindest and most cordial neighbor. Gena was the semi-official welcoming committee of one. She would go out of her way to make sure that any new resident that moved into her building would have someone to show them around. She would invite them to dinner with her and introduce them into Moorings Park’s social life.

Gena and Alan were members of Saint Williams Church in Naples. The family invites donations in Mrs. Cahill’s name to “Pets For Vets” (service pets for wounded war veterans) at; to the Moorings Park Give Them Wings Scholarship Fund at 866-802-4602; or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital Research Fund at

Friends and family are welcome to attend the memorial service on Tuesday September 28th at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of the Cape, 468 Stony Brook Rd, Brewster, MA 02631. A gathering following the service will be held at the Orleans Cemetery, 144 Main St, Orleans, MA 02653. Gena will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband Alan and her cherished son Thomas.

The family respectfully asks all attendees to the service and gathering to wear a face covering.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Nickerson Funeral Home, for online condolences please visit


  • Funeral Mass

    martes, 28 septiembre , 2021

  • Burial

    martes, 28 septiembre , 2021


Gena L. Cahill


Carol Nickerson

5 octubre , 2021

Jack and Deb,
I just learned of your Mom's passing today. Your parents and my husband,Tom, were close friends and maintained that friendship over many years both on the Cape and in Florida.We visited your dad and mom in Naples several times over the years. Your parents were always such gracious hosts and loved showing us around and treating us to lunch in the lovely dining room.
Tom passed away in Punta Gorda in December after battling cancer for 10 months. We interred his remains in Evergreen Cemetery, Eastham on June 5th. I am sorry I missed your mom' s service and am so sorry for your loss.
Carol Nickerson (Tom's wife)

Duncan Kuhn

3 octubre , 2021

So sorry for your mom's passing. I remember both your dad and mom well - he was my pediatrician. They were a great pair, and glad they had such full lives and a loving family.

Cynthia Blakeley

1 octubre , 2021

Gena was one of the kindest adults in our teenage world—always welcoming, always ready to offer a meal or a positive comment. She and Dr. Cahill opened their doors to our junior prom after-party, allowing us to laugh and shriek and swim throughout the night while hosting a sumptuous breakfast. Children are lucky when lovely souls grace their world, and Deborah's friends at Nauset (like John's and Tom's, I'm sure) were indeed very fortunate.

Sheryl Mendenhall Gerhardt

27 septiembre , 2021

Dear Deb and Jack,
I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I have kept in touch with her (and your Dad) over all these years through Christmas cards and letters and an occasional phone call. I have been thinking about her a lot through this crazy pandemic, hoping she would protected from it.
I have such fond memories of our cabin and skiing in Vermont. We were so lucky as children to have such awesome parents. Remember “Fleas”, that big old gray cow! Rolling down the hill at the top of the property?
Please accept my condolences on your loss. I miss my Mom and Dad every day. Soon all of those best friends will be together again…I think Bob Didsbury is the only one still on this earth. All the best to you and your families.
Sheryl (Mendenhall) Gerhardt
203 Montera Ave
Fredericksburg, VA 22406

Janice Alex

16 septiembre , 2021

To the Cahill family, I am truly so sorry for the loss of your Mother. I brought my son to your Dad when he was born in 1979 and always felt so comfortable with your parents. Being a first time Mom I think I was petrified of everything. They certainly eased my mind. My thoughts are with you.