Teresa K Biss

July 5, 1954February 25, 2014

NORWICH – Teresa K. Biss, 59, of 240 Plain Hill Road, Norwich, CT passed away Tuesday, February 25 at home, surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous nearly three year battle with leukemia.

Terri was born on July 5, 1954 in Lambert MS 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 NY 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 NY, 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 NY and they were blessed with two children; Derek of Arlington VA and Ashley of Marlborough MA. In addition to them she is survived by her Kennedy brothers Garry (Cindy) of Schenectady, Jim (Sally) of North Carolina, Kenneth (Robyn) of Florida and Carey (Tawnya) of Massachusetts. She is also survived by 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 Doctors Renuka Dulala, Vincent Ho of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and 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.

Calling hours will be Friday from 2pm-4pm and 6pm-8pm at Church & Allen Funeral Home, 136 Sachem St., Norwich, CT 06360. Services will be at the funeral home Saturday at 11am 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.

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  • Calling Hours / Visitation Friday, February 28, 2014
  • Calling Hours / Visitation Friday, February 28, 2014
  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 1, 2014
  • Interment Saturday, March 1, 2014

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Jeanette Morales

March 11, 2014

I am sorry for your loss. Prayers and thoughts to the family. She will be missed by many.

March 7, 2014

So sorry to hear of the passing of Teresa Bliss. Spent many basketball games at St. Joseph H.S. with them.
RIP The Moore family

nancy davis

March 5, 2014

To: The Biss Family...So sorry to hear of Terri's passing. We knew her from working at BMC for many years. She was also one of the kindest, caring, compassionate and fair supervisers there ever was at that facility-always treating her employees with dignity & respect-the place has never been the same since she left years ago. She always was willing to listen and had great advice to give in return. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all...Russ & Nancy Davis/sons

Pauline Former ED Tech/student nurse/RN at Backus

March 5, 2014

I am sorry for your loss!! My interactions with Mrs Biss was always very pleasant. She was kind, courteous, helpful, and encouraging. Her strength through her battle with Cancer displays only one of many great aspects about her character. My thoughts are with her loved ones and friends!!! RIP Ms Biss!!

Mary (Haughey) O/Brien

March 3, 2014

To Eric and family, Want to let you know how sorry it was to hear of your' loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and family. Meribah sends condolences from FLA as well. Be strong.

Bill Kelson

March 3, 2014

I am sorry to hear about Terri's passing. You and your family will be in our prayers.

Bill and Debbie

Susan R.

March 2, 2014

I worked with Teri on A3, she was a wonderful person and a great boss. We will miss her here at Backus, I am glad I was able to reconnect with her in my new department before she left us. She will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to your family.

Tabby French

March 2, 2014

To The Biss family you are UN our hearts and prayers where do you start yes I know when she found Eric she was a happy chick and she loved you with all her heart and then her excitement of having her on child yes it wad a son and healthy baby. she was living on high cotton and then baby number two made her a perfect family aunt Jean its s girl s miny me she was so thankful for everything but she was a wonderful person and had a great career and a wonderful family but she never stoped wanting everyone to have a perfect life she always put someone before het self and that us what makes her a great hero and a wonderful legacy and if I keep in my heart and learn from her is how great it is to love and show love your wife and mother is the perfect example of love T T love us forever and ever men sister ho rest high on your mountain you are in ur sweet place See ya soon and I know you are with my mommy Ser ya ll when it comes time

Tabby French

March 2, 2014

Kennedy brothers I know that you have lost very special person our prayers are with you and your family in the days a weeks to come But I have had. to deal with death a lot and I have found s heavenly father that is in the road a head and you know that Terry would only have it this way but I remember when the passing of your mother come years ago and she. felt like it was her responsibility to be mother figure in five boys. She has called and talk to aunt Jean about ya ll and when she would come to visit the stories that she could tell some crying and laughing but she always talk about how would she every find s man to take her and five boy's on and yes the yes she started talking to mom about Erik she had found him she was a lot more then your sister and it takes. time to mourn so just beleve and know Tuesday she wad healed and you have two great women in your life setting at the feet if Jesus. to power your cases do always know she lives within each of you and if you need s listen ear I am her Tabby 7313004011love ya forever The Kennedy Boys

Tabby French

March 2, 2014

To the Kenndey. and Biss. Family our thoughts and prayers are with you during this trying time but as you go through this just think about what a time she was having. and. when she reached heaven you know she wad having a great time and she will be there when we step across you know she and her mom are having great time talking about there boys and there wonderful daughrerlaws and grandchildren you know they had a lot to catch up on. if they could keep. nanny quit. and I know my mommy aunt Jean was. there what a great family reunion but just remember she is with us she lives. with invoke hearts I will miss you and am glad to call you my cousin. Tabby and family God bless you all