Rosalind Ann Cayer
1933 – 2020
God blessed the world and our family for 86 years with the life of Rosalind A. Cayer, an incredible woman of faith, hope, and love. A beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Rosalind passed away at her home on 50 Oregon Drive, Sunday, February 2, 2020.
Rosalind was born on July 25, 1933, in Torrington, Conn. to Anthony and Rose Shakinski. She was one of two children. Her sister, Rita Jobin of Winter Park, Fla., preceded her in death in 2003.
In 1954 she married George W. Cayer in Torrington, Conn. They moved to Maine in 1967, then to Florida in 1974. Rosalind devoted her entire married life to raising their nine children. Rosalind is preceded in death by her husband George (2008) and her son Alan (2010). She is survived by her children; Steven and wife Linda of Oakland, Maine, William of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Joseph and wife Stella of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Mary Jo and husband USAF Ret. MSgt. Andre Gustave of Destin, Fla., Judy and husband Robert Henry of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Very Rev. John Cayer, Rector of Co-Cathedral of Saint Thomas More, Tallahassee, Fla., Dr. Roland and wife Annette of Celebration, Fla., USAF Ret. Lt Col Todd and wife Wendy of Tampa, Fla., and 28 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
Rosalind served the Church as part of the Legion of Mary at Saint Mary Catholic Church for more than 40 years and began the children’s Legion prayer group. Rosalind continued in her devoted Christian service by visiting the poor, the sick in nursing homes and homebound, spreading the word of Christ through her actions. She aided friends with the care of their disabled children and aging parents. Her life was and always will be a beautiful example of faithful servitude to all who knew her.
A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Fort Walton Beach with Rev. John Cayer as celebrant. A time of visitation will be Friday, Feb. 7, from 6 - 8 p.m. with a rosary at 7:30 p.m. at McLaughlin Funeral Home, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
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