Loved her family, Catholic faith and traveling
She was born November 3, 1960 in Saginaw, Michigan and was raised in Reese, Michigan until moving to Caro, Michigan during her junior year of high school.
While perhaps most renowned for her beauty and brains, Teri was also athletic, excelling in both basketball and track and field, where she set the high jump record at her high school. She went on to graduate from Michigan State University (“MSU”) in 1983.
After graduating, Teri worked as a manager at both Jacobson’s department store and Saks Fifth Avenue in Ann Arbor, Michigan. While living in Ann Arbor, she met the love of her life, Jonathan. They were married on June 17, 1989. After marrying, Teri became the business manager at Jonathan’s medical practice and later served on the board of the Boston North Cancer Association.
Her passions in life were her family, her Catholic faith, traveling, and making new friends. For Teri, there were no strangers in the world, only friends she had not yet met. She loved her dogs, first Tassy and Cassie, and more recently, Ranger and Shiloh. She was a pack leader of the Cub Scouts in Lynnfield, and was proud to see her three sons all achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.
Teri’s life was characterized by an unparalleled grace and courage as she faced the many challenges of cancer. She will be remembered by all who met her for her strong faith and unconditional love for her family and friends. With her infectious laugh, boundless compassion and radiant smile, she instantly charmed all those who had the pleasure to know her. She consistently cared more about others than herself.
Teri is survived by her husband, Jonathan; three sons, Michael of Boston; Joshua of Amherst and Andrew of San Francisco, California; her older sister Victoria Kamm of Essexville, Michigan; her brother Bruce (Kathi) Dunn of Grand Ledge, Michigan; numerous nephews and nieces, Richard (Stephanie) Kamm of Grand Haven, Michigan; Danielle (Jesse) Carter of Grandville, Michigan; Shawn Kamm of Romulus, Michigan; Nicole (Ryan) Shannon of Grand Ledge, Michigan and A.J. Dunn of Austin, Texas; aunt Marina (Robert) Beasley of Davidsonville, Maryland; and uncle John “Jack“ Dunn of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bruce and Gloria Dunn.
Visitation will take place at Solimine Funeral Home, 426 Broadway (Rt 129), Lynn, on Friday, Aug. 20, 2021 from 3-7 p.m. Her funeral will be held at Our Lady of Assumption Church in Lynnfield on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery, Lynnfield. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Boston North Cancer Association, PO Box 3153, Peabody, MA 01960 (www.bostonnorthcancer.org) in Teri’s name to fund college scholarships for high school students who have been impacted by cancer.
Teri and her family would like to extend their sincerest thanks to the numerous medical professionals who helped her during her near decade-and-a-half long battle with cancer, especially in the last nine months, including Dr. Kenneth McWha, Dr. Eric Libby, Dr. Hany Takla, Dr. Michael Fehm, Dr. David Alessandro, Dr. Glenn Dixon and Erik Marinko, PA, all from Winchester Hospital; Dr Kimberly Perez and her oncology team from Dana Farber and Dr. Roger Jenkins and the liver surgery team, Dr. Keith Stewart and the oncology team, Dr. Sebastian Flacke and the interventional radiology team and Dr. Jessica Lynch and the palliative care team for their compassion and wisdom, all from Lahey Hospital.
In addition, special thanks to the many, many compassionate nurses, nurses’ assistants, and aides at the hospitals who have cared for her, and gave her and her family additional years of joy and happiness.
Special thanks to Barbara Buggy, Carolyn Lacata, and the many aides from Comfort Keepers who cared for her in her final months at home.
Heartfelt thanks to Father Tony Luongo from Ave Maria Parish in Lynnfield, who visited her in the hospital, and the many chaplains at Lahey Hospital who were always there to see her, especially Father Arthur McKay, whose wit and compassion lightened hard moments.
Last, but certainly not least, special thanks to her countless friends and family who have shown support from all over the country with prayers, food, flowers, dog walks and visits to share stories and fond memories.
Teri will continue to live on in the hearts and memories of those who knew and loved her.