Betsy Ann (Conlon) Balzano, PhD
86 of Rochester, NY formerly of Pawtucket, RI entered into eternal rest on November 1, 2020. She was the youngest of six children of the late Martin and Nancy (Forrest) Conlon. Betsy was a 1952 graduate of Tolman High School in Pawtucket, RI and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Science from Rhode Island College in 1956. She began her teaching career teaching high school in Rhode Island and in Florida where she continued her education by earning a Doctorate in Science Education from Florida State University. She had a remarkable career as an educator and was a Distinguished Service Professor of Education and Human Development at the College at Brockport, State University of New York for 40 years. Betsy loved teaching and traveling and had the opportunity to blend both worlds while working in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Brazil. She traveled the world exploring new places and making friends many of whom she remained in close contact with throughout her life. Betsy’ life was blessed with close relationships with wonderful friends, colleagues, students, and family. Betsy was a kind, thoughtful, and generous person who touched the lives of so many.
Betsy was predeceased by her husband Frank Balzano. She was the sister of the late Nancy Conlon, George Conlon, Sr., Helen Conlon, Marjorie Truchon, M. Arlene Eccles and the aunt of the late George Conlon, Jr. She is survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews and many treasured friends.
Burial will be private at Mount St. Mary’s Cemetery in Pawtucket Rhode Island. Due to the current health concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic, a memorial service celebrating her life will take place at a later date.
The family does welcome the extended family and friends to leave a message or share memories.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, or to a charity of your choice, would be appreciated.