Elizabeth Foye Obituary

Elizabeth Fetzer Foye
Elizabeth Fetzer Foye

December 14, 1922 - April 22, 2008
Born in Morristown, NJ
Resided in New London, CT


Elizabeth Fetzer Foye, beloved mother, grandmother, and wife, navy veteran, committed volunteer, and loyal friend peacefully passed away on April 22, 2008. She was 85 years old and enjoyed a rich and independent life.

Born in 1922 in Morristown, New Jersey, she graduated from Morristown High School in 1939. She continued her education at the Mountainside Hospital School of Nursing in Montclair, New Jersey and became a registered nurse in 1944. During her childhood, she loved riding horses, going to her Grandmother's farm, and developing her stellar tennis game. She was the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Davitt Fetzer and the sister of Charles K. Fetzer all of whom preceded her in death.

With the coming of World War II, she was commissioned as an Ensign in the US Navy and assigned to St. Albans Hospital in Tarrytown, New York. There, she met William Foye, a naval aviator, caring for him after his serious injury, who became her husband of 47 years.

Betty and Bill joined the New London community and had 8 children together. They vigilantly supported their children in all their activities at New London High School and in their college years and beyond. As parents, they taught their children the value of love and support of your community, loyalty to family, the value of education and hard work, and the Golden Rule. Her strong Roman Catholic faith provided guidance and support throughout the challenges of life.

Her career in nursing ( US Navy and Mitchell College), was the cornerstone of her extraordinary life dedicated to the service of others, especially those less fortunate than she. For over 60 years, she worked tirelessly for charitable organizations too numerous to list in full. Some of her more recent work was with: the New London area food pantry; Child and Family Agency; Catholic Charities; Girl Scouts (lifetime member), Lawrence and Memorial Hospital volunteers (over 25 years), Save Ocean Beach (SOB), New London Beautification, and many groups for St. Joseph Church.

Fiercely independent and a woman of many interests, Betty passionately pursued her hobbies in her "spare time". One of her greatest loves was her gardens not only at her colorful, charming cottage but also in her work with the Friends of Harkness, Save Ocean Beach ( SOB) and New London Beautification.

However, her deepest passion was for her family and friends. As a mother and grandmother, she always cared about the details of everyone's lives. She always remembered every anniversary and birthday of her children, their spouses, and her 19 grandchildren. She will be sadly missed by them all: children—Bill (Jane);

Peter (Wendy); Richard(Delia); Elizabeth Rodrick (Dave); Michael (Ann); Patty Soliozy (Stephen); Kathleen MacLennan (David); Paul(Ann) and grandchildren—Will, Hugh, Molly, Peter Barry, Jason, Erin, Bryan, Michael James, Jonathan, Liz, Haley, Henry, Sadie, Natalie, Jack, Maggie, Catherine, James, and Megan. Her love and kindness was also extended to her nieces, nephews and sister-in-laws of both the Foye and Fetzer families. Also important to Betty were her cherished friends who brought much joy and laughter to each others lives.

The family would especially like to thank the staff at L& M Rehab and Rosewood Rehab (Peabody, MA) for their professional and loving care in her last weeks of life. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in her memory be sent to:

Lawrence and Memorial Hospital Development Fund (365 Montauk Ave, New London CT 06320), St Joseph's Endowment Fund (17 Squire St., New London CT 06320) or Friends of Harkness ( PO Box 10, Waterford CT 06385) or the charity of your choice.

The funeral will assemble at 9:15 A.M. Monday at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Ave., New London, and proceed to a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Joseph Church scheduled for 10 A.M. Interment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery. Calling hours are Sunday from 5-8 P.M Please visit www.neilanfuneralhome.com for directions or to sign Mrs. Foye's on-line guest book.

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Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home
12 Ocean Avenue
New London, CT US 06320
Sunday, April 27, 2008
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
St. Joseph Church
17 Squire Street
New London, CT US 06320
Monday, April 28, 2008
10:00 AM
St. Mary Cemetery
600 Jefferson Avenue
New London, CT US 06320
Monday, April 28, 2008

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