Sister Mary Constance Ward, S.S.M.N.March 15, 1915 ~ December 1, 2017 (age 102)
Sister Mary Constance (Helen) Ward, born in Lyons, New York, in 1915, died on Friday, December 1, 2017 at St. Mary Center in Buffalo. Her over one hundred years of life and years as a Sister of St. Mary of Namur were marked by service to others including teaching in Kenmore (St. Paul School, Mount St. Mary, Cardinal O’Hara High School), Lockport (St. John School), Lowell, Massachusetts (Sacred Heart), and Sumter, South Carolina (St. Jude High School).
While she taught younger children and eventually chemistry to high school students, her pleasant disposition lent itself to being principal, guidance counselor, superior, and even novice mistress.
Although her bachelor’s degree from Canisius College was in science, her master’s degree from St. Bonaventure was in sacred science. This enabled her in later life to change to pastoral ministry, teaching scripture courses at St. John the Baptist and St. Joseph parishes in Lockport. Her work also took her to Florence, South Carolina, where she served as pastoral associate at St. Ann Parish.
Further, Sister M. Constance spent time at the sisters’ house of prayer at Mount Saviour Monastery in Elmira, New York as director. She enjoyed the monk’s singing of office and the spiritual library there very much.
While her gifts of gentleness and patience were essential to teaching and pastoral work, there was one place they were not in evidence. She was an avid Bill’s fan to the end. Her motto was “Go, Bills!”, and it was always said with enthusiasm. She often sported the Bills’ colors and never missed a game.
She is survived by her sisters in the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur; a niece, Constance Conley of Lockport; and a cousin, Walter Sidas of Connecticut.
Friends may call from 4-7 PM on Monday at the St. Mary Center, 241 Lafayette Avenue, Buffalo, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 7 PM Monday. Friends invited. Interment will be cared for Tuesday at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda. If desired, memorials to the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur, 241 Lafayette Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14213, are preferred.