Elizabeth A. Buell

Elizabeth A. Buell

06-12-1967 - 03-27-2021
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Elizabeth A. Buell (Liz), 53, of Clifton, formerly of Rutherford, passed away Saturday, March 27, 2021, after a long battle with ALS.
At a young age, Liz found that she enjoyed helping others, and she joined the Rutherford First-Aid Ambulance Corps. This led her to the career path in nursing, an accomplishment of which she was most proud. She was a 1988 graduate of Christ Hospital School of Nursing in Jersey City. She worked as a registered nurse at Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, for 15 years. Liz built a home in Pennsylvania where in her free time, she enjoyed gardening, fishing, snow tubing, and horseback riding with her nieces. Liz was a die-hard Yankee fan and loved to attend the games when she got the chance. She loved animals, and had many pets. The effects of ALS forced her early retirement from nursing. However, the ALS never diminished her tenacity or spirit. Liz became her own advocate, and persevered in remaining independent and active for years after her diagnosis. She even took on sky diving. Liz treasured every day, and despite her daily struggles and limitations she never stopped fighting. She was a compassionate soul, who was loving and caring to all.
Liz is predeceased by her parents, Robert (1986) and Joanne (2015) Buell. She is survived by her sister, Kim Smolka, and brothers Scott Buell & his wife, JoEllen, Robert Buell (retired Rutherford PD) & his wife Regina, Thomas Buell (Clifton PD) & his wife Karin, and her nieces and nephews: Robert, Joseph, Daniel, John, Lara, Alexandra, Nicole, and great grand-niece Leilani.

Family will receive friends Monday April 5th from 9:00am to Noon in the Calhoun-Mania Funeral Home, 19 Lincoln Ave., Rutherford. Prayer Service in the Funeral Home at Noon. Interment George Washington Memorial Park Cemetery, Paramus.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, April 5th, 2021 | 9:00am - 12:00pm
    Monday, April 5th, 2021 9:00am - 12:00pm
    Calhoun-Mania Funeral Home
    19 Lincoln Avenue
    RUTHERFORD, NJ 07070
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  • Interment

    George Washington Memorial Park Cemetery
    234 Paramus Road
    PARAMUS, NJ 07652
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Jack Hurley

Posted at 12:05pm
I am so sorry for your loss. I remember coaching Betsy in high school softball and also her work on the ambulance squad. Her attributes of hard work, dedication, and service were always evident. May she rest in peace.

Jack Hurley

Patricia Knyff Chillemi

Posted at 07:55am
I am so sorry for your loss. You all grew up across the street from me on Washington Avenue. In fact, I have precious memories of babysitting for you all when I was a teenager. Our dad’s worked together as part of Rutherford’s Finest. Love and prayers 💕🙏
Patricia Knyff Chillemi

Adriana Rivera & Joseph Holloway

Posted at 03:11pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Donna. Madar

Posted at 10:34am
To Liz's family
I was the ER Director at Valley for a few years when Liz worked there. I was not there when the ALS was diagnosed, but am so sorry that this debilitating disease caused the decline and eventually death of this caring nurse.
I went on to work for Valley Hospice, and while she was on hospice the first time, she discovered that I worked there and asked me to visit. I visited her as a friend, not a nurse. We had a great visit, thoughtful discussion. She shared much with me, laughed, and cried. I left there seeing her wholeness, despite her illness. Amazing that she could text with her toes!
She is in a better place, but this leaves an emptiness in your life. I pray for peace for you. May you be blessed remembering her life.


Kim Smolka Posted at 09:52am

Thank you. Liz truly was a caring, loving and courageous soul. I too was amazed and impressed with the toe texting. I'm glad you had the chance to share a memorable visit with her. God Bless.

Timothy Badger

Posted at 11:09pm
The candle that burns twice as bright burns half as long.
Liz burned bright in every life she touched.
'Till we meet at Jesus' feet!

Kim Smolka Posted at 09:46am

Thank you. I know Liz will shine a bright light wherever she goes. God Bless.

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