Robert J. Mulcahey, age 90 of Janesville, died on Thursday, January 26, 2012, at his son’s home in rural Waseca.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, January 30 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church in Janesville with Fr. Peter Klein, Celebrant. Interment with military honors will follow in the St. Ann Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church in Janesville and will continue on Monday morning for one hour prior to services. Arnoldt-McRaith Funeral Home of Janesville is handling arrangements. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.
Robert James was born on May 16, 1921, in Milwaukee, WI to James and Alice (Jewison) Mulcahey. In the early 1940s Bob worked in Chicago, IL and St. Louis, MO before entering military service. As a member of the United States Marine Corps, Bob served for over three years in the South Pacific. Following his honorable discharge in 1946, Bob returned home and on June 2, 1947, was united in marriage to Lillian Mary Baumgartner at St. Columbia Catholic Church in Iona, MN. Bob and Lil farmed and raised their family east of Janesville before moving into town in 1983. Bob was a member of the Janesville American Legion #281, Waseca V.F.W. #1642, Knights of Columbus (3rd and 4th degree), Mankato’s DAV Chapter #10 and Forest James DET Marine Corps League Chapter #589, and the Sleepy Eye Chapter of the Purple Hearts Organization. Bob loved to golf, and was an active member of the Prairie Ridge Golf Club and Janesville Golf Association. He was a longtime member of St. Ann Catholic Church in Janesville. Bob and Lil enjoyed their many winters together in Texas.
Bob is survived by his wife Lillian of Janesville; by his children, Michael (Jane) Mulcahey of rural Waseca, Mary Mulcahey (Michael Menaker) of Louisville, CO, James (Irene) Mulcahey of rural Janesville, Edward (Sharon) Mulcahey of Janesville, Barbara (Alan) Kunz of Waseca, Bernadette (Dan) Zellmer of rural Janesville, Karen (Brian) Barnett of Elysian, Patricia (Dennis) Stankey of Smiths Mill, and Joann (Richard) Jacobson of Woodbury; by 29 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; by his siblings, Marie Maxwell of Rochester, Bert (Sylvia) Mulcahey of rural Janesville, Patrick Mulcahey of St. Clair Shores, MI, and Sr. Germaine Mulcahey SSND of St. Paul; by his brother-in-law Robert Lynch of Waseca and sisters-in-law Genevieve Mulcahey of Janesville; by many nieces and nephews, cousins and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Gerald and James; sister, Margaret “Peggy” (Miller) Lynch; brothers-in-law Everett Maxwell and Gerald Miller, and sister-in-law Florence Mulcahey.