Mary Jane Cabiness

Last Updated on November 13, 2015 by cassnetwork

cabinessMary Jane Cabiness, 93, of Rochester, passed away Friday, November 13, 2015,  in Woodbridge Health Campus.

Born January 16, 1922, in Logansport, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Bertha May White Burk.

On May 21, 1939 in Young America, she was married to Bernard C. “Bernie” Cabiness. He preceded her in death August 20, 2004.

Mary Jane was a graduate of Washington Township High School. She was retired from JC Penney where she had worked as a selling supervior. She enjoyed the friendships made with her co-workers there.

There were many heroes from our nation’s “Greatest Generation.” Mary Jane and Bernie were two of them. While serving our country during WWII, Bernie suffered devastating injuries that left him as a paraplegic for the rest of his life. Upon his homecoming, Mary Jane nursed him back to health and was a loving caregiver for the next 59 years. She never allowed his disability to slow them down. Their love story is a testament to their faith and all that is good in this life.

She was a member of the Calvary Presbyterian Church. She and Bernie started wintering in Florida in the 60’s on Pompano Beach. They enjoyed their lake home on Lake Manitou. Mary Jane enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She loved to travel and had been to Europe as well as several cruises. Family dinners were very important to her. She loved being surrounded by her family and good food.

Surviving are two daughters: Sue Casalini and her husband Joe of Logansport and Jean Carr of Fontana, California; three brothers Robert “Bob” Burk, Paul Burk and Jim (Chris) Burk; three grandchildren, Curt Carr, Cathy (Kerry) Curtis and Elizabeth Casilini Loposser; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Jack and Harold Burk; one sister, Katherine Burk and one grandson, Michael Casalini.

A funeral service celebrating the life of Mary Jane Cabiness will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20th in Fisher Funeral Chapel with Rev. Chuck Compton officiating.

Interment will follow in the Mount. Hope Cemetery.

Family and friends may call from noon until the time of the service in the funeral chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Calvary Presbyterian Church Building Fund.

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