Elizabeth was born November 21, 1942 in New York, NY, daughter of the late Rose Kelly Finn and James A. Finn; and is predeceased by her brother James Anthony II.
She is survived by her brothers Robert; John and his wife, Joan; Donald and his wife Regina; Gerald and his wife Joan, and her sister Rosemarie and her husband Chuck Clarke. Betty was a beloved Aunt to twenty-six nieces and nephews.
Elizabeth graduated from St. Barnabas Grade School and High School in Woodlawn, NY, and received a B.A. in Special Education from Manhattan College.
Her studies and career focused on childhood education; as a teacher in the Yonkers, NY school system for many years; more recently in the Plainfield, CT schools while residing in Narragansett, RI, and most recently bringing her back to New York to teach at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education at their Lincoln Center campus.
In addition, she received a Ph.D. in School Psychology from Fordham University; a Post Doctoral certificate in Neuropsychology- Fielding Graduate University; and was a member of the American Psychological Association.
Betty traveled around the world with dear friends, returning to China on several occasions with an appreciation for Eastern writing & philosophy. She loved to cook for family and friends, and was an avid fan of early & contemporary jazz and classical music. Betty embraced life with exuberance, independence and the determination to fight the good fight with Grace. Her presence affected all of those around her. She left us too quickly and will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 12:00 noon in the BI Rupert Mayer, S.J. Chapel at Fordham University, Room #221, Lowenstein Building (113 West 60th Street, New York, NY 10023).
Donations may be made in Betty’s name to:
The Leukemia Research Foundation
3520 Lake Avenue
Wilamette, Illinois 60091