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Teresa K. Biss

1954 - 2014 PITTSFIELD Teresa K. Biss, 59, of 240 Plain Hill Road, Norwich, Conn., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 25, at home, surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous three year battle with leukemia. Terri was born on July 5, 1954, in Lambert, Miss., to Edna White and David Kennedy. Much of her youth was spent in the Chicago area. She graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in Schenectady, N.Y., in 1972, Adirondack Community College in 1975, and ultimately earned her Bachelor's degree from St. Joseph College of Maine. She began her career as a registered nurse at St. Clare's Hospital in Schenectady, N.Y., also worked at Berkshire Medical Center in Massachusetts, and ended her career at William Backus Hospital in Norwich. Her experiences included, OB-GYN, pediatrics, Med/Surg and IV therapy. The later years of her nursing career were in leadership positions. After her diagnosis, she continued teaching and encouraging the healthcare professionals who cared for her. She truly loved her vocation. From 1986 to 2007 she chaired the 'Create a Dream' program in the Berkshires, providing holiday gifts and meals for over one hundred needy families in her community, every year. Her efforts earned her The Service Award from the Salvation Army, the Service Before Self Award from the Rotary, and Gladys Brigham award from Berkshire Health Systems. In 1978, Terri married Eric Biss in Schenectady, N.Y., and they were blessed with two children, Derek of Arlington, Virg., and Ashley of Marlborough, Mass. In addition to them, she is survived by her Kennedy brothers, Garry and his wife, Cindy, of Schenectady, Jim and his wife, Sally, of North Carolina, Kenneth and his wife, Robyn, of Florida and Carey and his wife, Tawnya, of Massachusetts; her sister-in-law, Vicki Dillon of Michigan; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins, as well as many dear friends who provided much comfort and support during her long battle. She and her family would like to thank Dr. Renuka Dulala and Dr. Vincent Ho of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Dr. David Steensma of Brigham & Women's Hospital, for their excellent and compassionate care. Special thanks also go to the staffs at Backus Hospital and at Brigham and Women's, as well as the anonymous stem cell donor for her transplant. FUNERAL NOTICE: Calling hours will be Friday from 2 to 4 p.m., and 6 to 8 p.m., at CHURCH ALLEN FUNERAL HOME, 136 Sachem St., Norwich, CT 06360. Services will be at the funeral home Saturday at 11 a.m., with Sister Rita Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in Colchester. Those wishing to make a contribution in Terri's memory are asked to consider the Jimmy Fund or Hospice of Southeast CT through the funeral home. To leave an online condolence or share a memory, please visit www.churchandallen.com.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Feb. 27, 2014
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