Sister Mary Oliver Cabana, a Sister of St. Mary of Namur, an educator and parish minister, died Monday, May 20, 2019 at St. Mary Center in Buffalo. She was 90 years old.
Born Suzanne Mary Cabana on December 14, 1928 in Buffalo to the late Oliver and Edwena (nee Gannon) Cabana, she was educated at St. Mary Seminary and received her B.S. in music education at Rosary Hill College. Most of her teaching experience was with junior high school students in Kenmore and Lockport, as well as Lowell, Massachusetts. She eventually became principal at Annunciation School. Then, as ministries in the community changed, Sister Mary Oliver served as Religious Education Coordinator at Good Shepherd Church inPendleton.
August of 1983 saw Sister launching a new career when she flew to England to face unknown challenges in Britain. Among these were work with the elderly in Scotland, and parish ministry in Shrewsberg, Liverpool, and Watford, Herts. She also oversaw meal preparations in London and Lowestoft. On occasion, she even planted the vegetables which she would ultimately serve.
She quickly learned to drive on the left side on the English roadways and enjoyed seing the beauties of the British Isles.
In 2006, Sr. Mary Oliver returned to the United States where she retired. She spent her last years at St. Mary Center.
Sister is predeceased by her brothers, Oliver Cabana, Donald Cabana and Richard Cabana. She is survived by her sisters-in-law, Margaret Cabana and Dee Cabana Kettenburg; several nieces and nephews; and her sisters in the congregation of St. Mary of Namur.
Friends may call from 2-6 PM on Wednesday only at St. Mary Center, 241 Lafayette Avenue, Buffalo, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the St. Mary Center Chapel at 7 PM Wednesday. Friends invited. Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda. If desired, memorials to the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur Memorial Fund are preferred.