Ruth E. Sylvia Cabana

December 2, 1929January 18, 2011

Ruth E. (Sylvia) Cabana, age 81, of Fairhaven, died Tuesday, January 18, 2011 in St. Luke’s Hospital. She was the wife of Gerard Cabana to whom she had been married for the past 52 years.

Born in New Bedford, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Garcia) Sylvia, she had been a resident of Fairhaven since 1965.

A graduate of New Bedford High School, class of 1947, she attended Bryant College, and she received her Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from S.M.U., now UMASS Dartmouth. She was a Teacher for the Catholic School Systems. She taught at St. Joseph’s schools in New Bedford and Fairhaven, retiring in 1992. Prior to teaching, she was Secretary to Executive Vice President of Aerovox in New Bedford for ten years.

She was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church, Fairhaven, where she taught C.C.D. and was a member of the Couples Club. The parish nominated Ruth for the Marion Medal, which was presented to her by the Bishop of the Fall River diocese at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fall River. She was a volunteer at area schools helping children, and was a eucharistic minister at Our Lady’s Haven.

In addition to her husband she is survived by five children, Mark Cabana of New Bedford, Judy Lally and her husband John of Fairhaven, Joan E. Cabana of Rosamond, CA, Lisa Cabana of Seattle, WA and David A. Cabana of Fairhaven, five grandchildren, Jasmine Rivera, Brittany Cabana, Thomas, Beth and Eric Lally, and three great grandchildren, Jayden, Nevaeh, and Aaliya.

Her Funeral will be held Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 9:00 AM from the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME OF MEMORIAL TRIBUTE at FAIRLAWN, 180 Washington St. Fairhaven, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00 AM in St. Joseph’s Church, 74 Spring St. Fairhaven. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours will be Monday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Fairhaven.


  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, January 25, 2011
  • Visitation Monday, January 24, 2011

Ruth E. Sylvia Cabana

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mary st.onge

January 29, 2011

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Helene Oliveira

January 26, 2011

Ruth was a special lady to all of us. She was a wonderful co-worker, teacher of my son Jeffrey at St. Joseph's School, and friend. She will always be remembered for her kindess and concern for others. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. The Oliveira Family-- Helene, Arthur, Jeffrey and Jessica


January 25, 2011

Ruth was a very special friend of mine for a long time. She was so thoughtful and considerate to me when I needed it most. I shall never forget our good times together. She will be missed. To her family I give my deepest sympathy Priscilla daRosa (Fairhaven, MA.)

Delores Borges

January 25, 2011

My deepest sympathy to Mrs. Cabana's family. Both of my daughters were students of Mrs. Cabana @ St. Joseph School. She was such a great teacher and an inspiration, loved by so many. I will always remember her many wise words of wisdom.

Mrs. Borges (mother of Tina & Jessica)
Fairhaven, Ma

Leo Choquette

January 24, 2011

Mrs. Cabana was my 1st Grade teacher at St. Joseph's school in Fairhaven, 1981-1982. I can still remember how kind she was to all of us....I am so sorry for the loss and pain experienced by the family at this time. It is always hard to lose a loved one-not to mention a loved one so pure of spirit. It may seem insignificant, but Mrs. Cabana taught me how to write in cursive-something as important as learning how to tie my shoes. Again, to the Cabana family, please know she touched so many lives in her years as a teacher! Thank you Mrs. Cabana!

Sue Demers

January 20, 2011

My deepest sympathy to the entire Cabana/Lally Families!!

Aunt Ruthie was a loving, caring and (above all) special person who valued family, friends, education and life experiences. I will miss having the opportunity to chat with her about her many life experiences - especially about traveling! She was a true example to others and will be missed.

God Bless~