Betsy Gelb Claro, 64, loving wife of Robert Claro, passed away on March 12, 2015 after a lengthy illness. Born in Scranton, PA on April 1, 1950 to Harriett Isaacs Gelb of Scranton, PA & the late Carl Gelb, Betsy is also survived by daughter Kimberly Horowitz of North Haven; son Justin White & his wife Rita Hamad of San Francisco, CA; daughter Ashley Brzezinski, her husband Tim, and their sons Noah & Elijah of Southington; and sister Cynthia Gelb & her husband Neal Smith of Atlanta, GA. Betsy had been the office manager at the Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Woodbridge for 13 years prior to her retirement. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, photography, and collecting shells on the beach. Over the years Betsy became an event planner for family and friends. Her creativity and enthusiasm helped create memorable occasions for many families. Betsy embraced life and shared her love and passion with everyone she came across; she was an inspiration. Friends are invited to join the family for a memorial service celebrating Betsy's life on Sunday, March 15th, at 6:00 PM at Trinity Evangelical Free Church, 33 Center Rd, Woodbridge. A graveside service will take place on Monday, March 16th, at 11:00 AM at Hillside Cemetery, 166 Wallingford Rd, Cheshire.

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  1. Dear Family,

    Please accept my deepest sympathy after hearing about the loss of your mother. I hope that 2 Corinthians 1 verses 3 and 4 are comforting to you and the family as it has been for me at times like this.


    Gail D.

  2. My Dearest Betsy,

    You were such a wonderful, vibrant woman of God. Your beaming smile was the warmest soothing treatment to our soul. You had a way of comforting people like no one else. Thank you for being there when Marc was sick. No doubt you two already had good chuckles … I thank the day you were born and touched the lives of so many. I think of Bob and all your children and family. How they must feel lost. We all are lost, like a ship at sea without its rudder… But we are certain of this, you are well now. Rejoicing in Heaven where your smile beams even brighter in the arms of the Lord… ‘Thank you, Dear and Faithful Servant’, you now hear…… 🌹

    Christine Deloyer-Pypaert & Family.

  3. I am very sorry for your loss. May you cherish the wonderful memories of Betsy. Sending prayers during this difficult time.

  4. I Knew sweet Betsy when we lived in Connecticut and attended Trinity. I am so saddened to hear of her passing. Gosh, she was a beautiful lady inside and out. So sorry for your loss. -Summer Simmons

  5. Justin and family..I am so sorry for you loss. Your mom was a lovely person and always had a smile on her face whenever we would see each other. May her memory always be for a blessing. Fran S. Ponchick (Andy Schwartzman’s mom)

  6. I miss her voice and her smile and my heart goes out to all those who were touched by her thoughtfulness, caring and kindness. Peace and healing to all.

  7. I was so very saddened to learn of Betsy’s passing. My sincere condolences to Betsy’s family. Although it had been many years since I had seen her, I found her to be an upbeat, outgoing and all around lovely, pleasant person to be around. I hope the family is comforted by their happy memories of her.

  8. Betsy was a wonderful lady and a dear friend to Camp Spofford. We have missed her at the annual ladies retreat over the last few years. We grieve that she is gone, but rejoice that she is with her Savior. Love and prayers to her family.

  9. My sincere condolences for your loss, I loved Betsy we became good friends when I volunteered at Trinity and I will greatly miss her she was a very dear person and meant a lot to me.

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