September 25, 2020

Born in: New Haven, CT
Resided in: Hamden, Connecticut

Charlene Herta Fusaris (née Ahlers) of Hamden passed away unexpectedly on September 25, 2020 at the age of 59.
Charlene was born on November 23, 1960 in New Haven and was raised in Hamden. She graduated from Hamden High School in 1978 and continued to reside in Hamden until her death.
She was the loving daughter of the late Albert Carl Ahlers originally of Newburgh, New York and the late Ingeborg Herta Ahlers (née Pröbstel) originally of Erlangen, Germany. Charlene is survived by her son, Ethan Oliver Fusaris and his fiancée Megan TeLinde McDavid and countless extended family and devoted friends, particularly her grandniece and goddaughter Ashley Hawley, cousin and lifelong friend Paula Pini, and best friend and sister by heart Betsy Caponera. Charlene is also survived by a community of friends made up of employees and customers at the Stop & Shop Supermarket on Amity Road in New Haven, where she worked for 42 years.
Charlene will be most remembered for her daily acts of kindness and selflessness. She always saw the good in everything and experienced joy through helping others. Charlene was incredibly genuine, accepting, free-spirited, and full of happiness. She made friends wherever she went and enjoyed connecting with loved ones over meals, movie nights, and long phone calls. She loved celebrating holidays (especially Halloween), dyeing her hair every color of the rainbow, her rescue dog Harry Potter, and being a mom.
BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden in care of arrangements. A service to celebrate her life will be held at a later date due to the pandemic. In lieu of flowers, please “treat yourself” to lunch with a loved one that would create a memory for you to look back on and smile. For those whom would find comfort in making a charitable contribution in honor of Charlene, an organization that was meaningful to her is the City of Hartford Animal Shelter, 120 Rescue Lane, Bloomfield, CT. 06002. To leave a condolence for her family please see obituary at

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  1. Ethan and Megan,
    We didn’t have the chance to know your mother, but I know She must have been someone special to have raised a great person like you. With Love, Kevin and Doug

    “May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face;
    the rains fall soft upon your fields.
    And until we meet again,

    May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
    May the road rise up to meet you
    May the wind be always at your back
    May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
    And may the hand of a friend always be near.

    May green be the grass you walk on,
    May blue be the skies above you,
    May pure be the joys that surround you,
    May true be the hearts that love you.”
    ~Traditional Irish Blessing~

  2. To my sister yes Ethan,Char was my sister I will miss you forever we had our ups and downs but we loved each other. Not be included in her death shows how evil and awful a person can be. Char love and miss you .

  3. Ethan,
    Your Mom will be forever remembered, loved, and missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and Megan.

    Michelle and Al Pini

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