Obituary: Betsy Sara Fusek, 56

Betsy Sara Fusek, age 56, of New Canaan, Conn., died peacefully at her home on Monday morning, Jan. 2, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Summit, N.J., she was the daughter of Raymond and Marcia Fein of Newton, N.J. Betsy was the wife of John R. Fusek and mother to Robert, Lauren and Pamela Fusek.

Betsy met her husband while attending Russell Sage College where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She worked as a cardiac intensive care nurse at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and, most recently, as a substitute school nurse in the local community.

Betsy devoted herself to her friends, neighbors, community and, most of all, her family. She took enormous pride in the accomplishments of her three children and enthusiastically supported any and all of their activities. The love and devotion she had for her children was inspiring to even the most supportive parent.

Betsy was an active volunteer in the schools and community. Her love of birds and nature led her to volunteer much of her time taking care of the raptors and other birds at the New Canaan Nature Center. Betsy cherished the time she spent with her family at their cabin in upstate New York and took much joy in gardening and spotting anything from chickadees to bald eagles.

In addition to her husband, children, and parents, Betsy is survived by her sister, Irene O’Connor of Hardwick N.J., her nieces Erin Seib and Sarah O’Connor, and nephews Andrew and William Van Aken. She was predeceased by her brother David Fein.

A funeral will be held on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 2 p.m., at the Congregational Church of New Canaan, 23 Park Street, New Canaan, Conn. Interment will follow in Lakeview Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday, Jan. 6, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Hoyt Funeral Home, 199 Main Street, New Canaan. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance at, for online condolences and directions visit

Betsy requested attendees wear cheerful/colorful attire.