Dr. Blossom Snoyer Nissman, beloved mother, grandmother, friend and educator, passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2020 in St. Petersburg, Fla. She was 92.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Ernest Dudley Snoyer and Robert Stanley Snoyer, and her sister, Faith Stella Kurtzberg.
She is survived by her children, Debbi Nissman Young (husband Mike Young) and David Nissman (wife Karen), and her grandchildren, Chris Nissman, Danielle (Nissman) Carter, Kelsey Young and Kendall Young, to whom she was their beloved "Nany." Dr. Nissman was very active in the lives of her grandchildren taking them on adventures, helping them decorate "secret rooms" and never missing a holiday celebration, school event or recital. She will also be missed by those who called her "Aunt Blossom" – her many nieces and nephews and the hundreds of campers she mentored over the years.
Dr. Nissman was born in Yonkers, N.Y. to Rose and Arthur Snoyer. She grew up in Germantown, Pa. and spent most of her adult life in Willingboro and Manahawkin, N.J. After retirement she moved to Cape Cod, Mass. to be closer to her daughter, Debbi and her family.
An accomplished career woman, ahead of her time, Dr. Nissman graduated from Temple University with a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, received her Master's in Guidance & Counseling from Trenton State College and her Doctorate of Education from Rutgers University. Blossom was a true educator holding positions including Nursery School Director, First Grade Teacher, Guidance Counselor, Learning Disability Teacher Consultant, Principal, Superintendent of Long Beach Island Schools, Professor at Georgian Court University, Rider University and Trenton State College and Executive Director of Camp Council, a camp for underprivileged girls.
Dr. Nissman was a self-starter and hard worker. She put herself through college with scholarships and by working at Sears Roebuck and Co. for two years after high school, and had many fond memories working as a chambermaid at Tamiment Resort in the Poconos in the summers where she learned to sail. She pursued her post graduate education at night while working full-time and raising a family. She was fervent in her lifelong passion for learning and teaching.
Dr. Nissman was President of many educational organizations including the N.J. Council for Exceptional Children, N.J. State Organization of Delta Kappa Gamma International Society and Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. She was asked to give educational and motivational speeches around the world and held leadership positions on many boards and professional and community organizations.
She wrote several textbooks, children's books, a weekly column called "Ask the Counselor" and had over 40 articles published in professional journals. She received countless awards throughout her life from Outstanding Senior at Temple to awards from the Red Cross for teaching swimming to special needs children to Rutgers University Outstanding Educator of N.J. Award and Georgian Court University Outstanding Professor Award.
As dedicated to her profession as she was, her family always came first. Those who knew her felt her positive energy and her deep connections to everyone she met. She went out of her way to help students and neighbors as well as stray pets and injured birds. She was generous to a fault, always inviting family, friends and sometimes even strangers to her home and treating them to dinner. Her background as a chambermaid, depending on tips for her livelihood, made her an incredibily generous tipper and she delighted in paying people's tolls if they were in a car behind her.
Dr. Nissman enjoyed going to the beach year-round, traveling, swimming, clamming, painting, photography, growing tomatoes, animals and nature. She had many recipes enjoyed by friends and family including her famous chicken with stuffing and clams casino. Blossom loved driving her convertible and would often make the six-hour trip to see her grandchildren, top down, puppies on her lap – and if it was cold, earmuffs on!
As an expression of sympathy, the family requests donations be sent to the Dr. Blossom Nissman Convocation Scholarship Fund at Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society, 3707 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268 or online at give.kdp.org/blossom
. Kappa Delta Pi, founded in 1911, is an honor society and professional association that recognizes and celebrates outstanding educators.