Betsy (Reilly) Sutherland
Betsy Reilly was born in Newark NJ and ended up meeting her Brooklyn match, Gene Sutherland, on the boardwalk in Lake Mohawk NJ. Until Gene’s passing, they formed an unbeatable team for 60 years. Betsy and Gene Sutherland made Sparta their home and brought forth a family of eight children. As they did, they decided they needed to start a business to feed said children and in in 1964 founded Sutherland Packaging which is still a thriving company located in Andover NJ.
Betsy served as the Secretary and Treasurer at Sutherland Packaging. To fill all her spare time between helping to start a company and raising a large family, Betsy volunteered at the schools the family attended, Rev Brown on the Parent Guild and Pope John on the Booster Club. She volunteered at the Andover Nursing Home, served as a Eucharistic Minister, served on Our Lady of the Lake Welcome Committee, served on the Board of Trustees of Knoll Heights/View, served on the Zoning and Planning Board of Sparta (the first woman to serve in that position), has been involved as a member of Soroptomists International, Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council, Sussex County Arts Society, chaired the Sussex County Chapter of the Fresh Air Fund, and, in 1987, founded and for years Chaired the Board of Birth Haven on which she is still an active member. Birth Haven, a shelter home, has been one of Betsy’s biggest passions and has, over it’s 30 years, given a desperately needed helping hand to hundreds of expectant young mothers who were homeless with no where else to turn.
Also an animal lover, Betsy has always included 2 to 3 dogs at a time and the occasional cat in her household, most of them rescue or in need of a home, and has enjoyed time with her horses since she was a young girl.
Betsy holds a Bachelor of Economics and Business from the College of Saint Elizabeth and a Bachelors of Humanities from Upsala College. She is also the proud Grandmother to 15 and Great Grandmother to 8.
Betsy is a recipient of the Pope John XXIII High School Humanitarian Award, Patriot’s Path Boy Scouts Humanitarian Award, Catholic Caritas Award, and Certificates of Appreciation from the Human Services Community of Sussex County and the Andover Nursing Home. Betsy has visited Ireland many times and is VERY proud of her Irish heritage!