Betty J. Handlen, 91, died December 8, 2017 at the Groton Community Health Care. Born February 22, 1926, in Ithaca, NY, she was the daughter of the late George and Calma Tuckerman Handlen. Betty had been a resident for many years in Groton and had attended the daybreak program in Ithaca, as well as being in the Special Olympics. She enjoyed dancing, music and putting together puzzles. Betty was a very happy soul who could light up a room with her amazing smile. She is survived by several nieces and nephews and besides her parents she was predeceased by her sisters, Ana Kastenhuber and Marian Shippos and brother Jack Handlen. A memorial service will be held on Monday, December 18, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Zirbel Funeral Home, 115 Williams St., Groton. The family will receive friends 5-6:00 prior to the services. Burial in Groton Rural cemetery will take place at a later date. The family would like to thank the staff of the Groton Nursing Facility where Betty resided since 2009 for their outstanding care and love they provided to Betty. Online condolences may be left at zirbelfuner alhome.com.