Tuesday, May 28, 2024


Betsy Casella, 60

Betsy Anne Cassella of Sandy Hook, a former Westport resident, died July 23 at Regional Hospice Center for Comfort Care and Healing, Danbury. She was 60 and had battled lung cancer.

She was born in Greenwich on Aug. 24, 1955 to Grace Elizabeth “Betty” (nee Humphreys) and Roland Carl Casperson, late of Westport. She was the fourth child of what became a family of five siblings.

She lived in Westport for the first 20 years of her life.

Through her work during her teen years as a Candy Striper, serving local hospitals, she developed her lifelong interest in nursing. Sensitive, compassionate and empathetic, she set her sights on the nursing profession at an early age.

She graduated from Staples High School in 1973 and she then went on to earn a nursing degree at Norwalk Community College.

She married the love of her life Paul Cassella on Nov. 22, 1984. Together they raised their two sons Christopher and Gregory. She dedicated herself to her family first while pursuing her professional passion of providing compassionate health care and comfort to the elderly.

Over the past 30 years, she worked at many local healthcare facilities. She was in residence at Fairfield Manor, Heritage Heights and Bethel Health Care and was private care nurse to Bill Blass. Her last 15 years were spent on the nursing management staff at The Lutheran Home of Southbury until she was forced to leave for health reasons of her own.

She is survived by husband Paul; her sons Christopher and Gregory of Sandy Hook; mother in-law Loreta Cassella of Cusano Mutri, Italy; a sister, Lee Rogers and her husband Barry and their sons Eric and Brent, all of Delafield, WIisc.; brothers, Peter Casperson and step- daughter Grace of New York City and Truro, Mass.,  James Casperson and his wife Nancy and their children Anika and Hunter of Winchendon, Mass., and Robert Casperson and his wife Linda of Danbury. Counted among her dearest friends and supporters during her illness were Doreen Lominy, Linda Casperson and Chris Walmsley .

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, Aug. 19 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, 121 Main St., Danbury.

Interment will be at the Walnut Grove Cemetery, Meriden, where she will lay in rest with her mother and maternal grandparents.

Donations in Betsy’s memory may be made to Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western Connecticut, 30 Milestone Road., Danbury, CT 06810, http://www.regionalhospicect.org or to the American Cancer Society , http://www.cancer.org/donate.

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