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Sara Conover Butturini died peacefully on November 13, 2020 after an extended illness at her home in Pepperell, MA at the age of 62. Sara was born in Glen Ridge, NJ, a daughter of Roger and the late Barbara Conover. She is survived by her beloved husband of 32 years, Allen, her stepmother Adi, siblings Lynn, Chris, Laurie, David, and John along with numerous nieces and nephews.
We are heartbroken at the loss of our sweet Sara. Sara taught us all how to fight a devastating disease with grace and bravery. She inspired others with her warm caring heart and an infectious laugh that brightened everyone’s day. As a dear friend wrote: “A beloved, bright, dancing star in God’s loving arms, and our Selves so lucky to have been touched by her light!”
Sara spent her career in human resources, most recently with Becton, Dickinson & Co. She loved her work and many of her work colleagues became her good friends.
Sara cherished time spent with family and friends: dining out, attending live concerts, singing in the Groton Community Christmas Choir, and hosting 23 annual Butturini Cookie Swaps. Friends and family supported her year after year in her numerous 2- and 3-day 60-mile cancer fundraising walks with “Just Cause” and the “Tewksbury Girls”. As recently as 2018 she walked the 26-mile Boston Marathon route in a single day as part of a Jimmy Fund walk to raise money for Dana Farber. Her exuberant, energetic and active life included local hikes and numerous family treks in the White Mountains and Switzerland. She adored her furballs--Harry and Sally, Homer and Wilson, and her latest puppy, Sophie—and their walks in Heald Orchard and Cape Cod. And, of course, rooting for the Boston Red Sox. She will be sorely missed.
Grateful thanks to Sara’s many devoted friends and extended family who have supported her through this journey. Her heart overflowed with love and gratitude for them all.
Her family also would like to extend profound thanks to the teams at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Mass General Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital, and Nashoba Nursing Staff & Hospice. A memorial service will be planned for a later date when we are all able to celebrate her life in an outdoor setting.
A virtual memorial service was held on Sara's birthday, December 14, 2020 at 7:30 pm. The family is most grateful to Father Rick Morley for conducting this service at St. Mark's Church in Basking Ridge and making it available at https://youtu.be/paxYCwnI3eE. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Sara’s Fund at http://tinyurl.com/SaraBFund or Nashoba Conservation Trust at www.nashobatrust.org/other-ways-to-donate.html.
Sara's Fund: Immunotherapy for NET
Donations may be made online via the above link, or send checks to:
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Attn: Angelle M. Kettlewell
10 Brookline Place West
Brookline, MA 02445
Memo Line: Sara's Fund for NET
Nashoba Conservation Trust
PO Box 188, Pepperell MA 01463