Betsy E. Dixon-Lang

Betsy Dixon-Lang, longtime area resident, died on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

She was the daughter of Jennie (Best) Dixon and Eugene Herbert Dixon, and was born on August 24, 1962 in Rochester. She grew up in Ontario, NY and attended Wayne Central High School, graduating in 1980. She attended SUNY at Fredonia, graduating in 1984 with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Therapy.

She worked at The Woods School in Langhorne, PA as an activities specialist and music therapist. Later, she was employed by the Erie County Home and Infirmary as a recreational/music therapist. She was also the director of Activities at the Westfield Health Care Center before being hired by the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Western New York, which later changed its name to Aspire of WNY. She worked there for 21 years, first as a case manager, then later as a supervisor of Case Management and, eventually, as supervisor of Supported Employment, helping secure mainstream employment positions for her clients throughout Western New York.

She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Dr. Donald P. Lang; two sons, Adam Fletcher and Aidan Paul Lang; as well as her beloved pet, Ace. She was predeceased by her parents and an older brother, Terry. She is also survived by sisters, Barbara (Grape) and Beverly (Fedorka); her brother, William; and nieces and nephews, including Jennifer, Randy, Tim, Richard, and Katrinka Grape, William (Kelly) Dixon and Ryan Dixon, Rachel (Hollebrand) Yonkers (Steve), Leslie, Allison, and James Fedorka; grandnieces, Adria Yonkers, Addy and Chloe Grape; and grandnephews, Max Yonkers, Callen Dixon, and Hudson Grape.

She is remembered dearly by her friends and colleagues at Aspire, including Lisa Vandevelde, Gail Saunders, Kristine Lalka, Amy Holdnack, Heather Panczykowski and Norma Jean DeAngelo, among many others.

Betsy served as a den mother for the Cub Scouts of Dunkirk for six years, also serving for four of those years as the area committee chair. She also served as division coordinator for the Northern Chautauqua Soccer Association for three years, then as president of NCSA for the past eight years. She earned a lifetime achievement award for her many years of dedication and service to NCSA, which was presented to her in November, of 2015 from the New York State West Youth Soccer Association. She was a proud member of the Jamestown Rotary Club.

The date and time for a memorial celebration of her life will be scheduled at a later time in the spring. Online condolences can be expressed at

Flowers are respectfully declined. Memorial donations may be made to the Donald P. and Betsy E. Dixon-Lang Scholarship Fund in care of the SUNY Fredonia Foundation, or to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements by David J. Dengler, Larson-Timko Funeral Home.

Obituary from the Observer

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