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Sister Mary Evarista Golen, teacher, psychologist

Oct. 17, 1917 – April 26, 2015

Sister Mary Evarista Golen, a longtime teacher and school psychologist, died Sunday in the Colette Hilbert Care Community in her 76th year of religious life. She was 97.

Born in Detroit, Adeline Golen entered the aspirancy of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph on Aug. 27, 1932. Sister Evarista became a postulant on Sept. 7, 1936, and professed her final vows on July 17, 1941.

Sister Evarista received a bachelor’s degree in education from Cardinal Stritch College in Milwaukee, and a master’s degree in administration from the University of Detroit.

She went on to earn a second master’s in clinical psychology at Detroit. She became certified as a school psychologist after completing additional courses at Buffalo State College.

During a 34-year career in teaching, Sister Evarista taught at Holy Trinity, Westfield, Mass.; Holy Cross, Fall River, Mass.; St. Peter, Chastang, Ala.; Corpus Christi, Buffalo; St. Josaphat, Milwaukee.; St. Hedwig, Detroit; and St. Sebastian, Dearborn, Mich. She also was principal at St. Hyacinth in Auburn.

For the next 29 years, Sister Evarista served as the school psychologist for all of the diocesan schools in Buffalo. In 2009, she joined the Hilbert Care Community.

She enjoyed needlepoint, craft work and listening to classical music.

Throughout her education career, she said her desire was to encourage a child “to hope and believe there was a good life out there, waiting for them, if they were willing to believe in themselves.”

She is survived by a niece and cousin.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Friday in Immaculate Conception Convent Chapel, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg.