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Miss Teresa Anne Burdick

January 13, 2021

Miss Teresa Anne BurdickMiss Teresa Anne Burdick (TC), age 57, passed away January 13, 2021. She is the fourth child of Charles F. and Virginia R. (Puccia) Burdick of Watertown. Growing up, she started out attending the Association of Retarded Children on Gaffney Drive, actually helping to cut the ribbon of the new building, along with Senator Barclay at the time, In 1966. She later attended Starbuck School, Wiley School and received her Individual Education Program diploma from Watertown High School in 1984. She and her classmates were one of the first children with special needs to be "mainstreamed" into the public school system.

TC had a great love of life. She loved God, her family and friends and her smile lifted you whenever she was around. She had a strong devotion to Saint Theresa of the Flowers. She loved attending her Special Religious Education Program taught by the Sisters of St. Joseph. She would talk and talk about how they shared the joy and love of Jesus to all who listened. The program offered day trips, holiday programs and celebrated Mass, all while learning of the love Jesus. TC was a regular at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse, here in Watertown, volunteering in the kitchen for years and was affectionately known as the "Potato Lady" by the Sisters and Staff! She was taught to play the violin by Sister Norma and played at various programs that were held to include playing before Bishop Terry.

TC is survived by her parents, Charlie and Virginia, her siblings, Mary Anne and husband Leon Vaughn III, Charles (Chipper) and wife Susan Burdick, and JoAnne and husband Dennis Patrick, who, for the past 6-plus years, devoted their time, energy and great love caring for TC. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, JoAnne and Denny.

Though TC never married, she is also survived by "her kids" her nieces and nephews: Bethany Taylor, Maria (John) Terry, Dennis (Nikki) Patrick, Kenneth C. Hamel, Matthew (Jodi) Burdick, Katie (Michael) DeMarse, Sarah (Kyle) Waite, Andrea (Randy) LaVancha and Leon (Heather) Vaughn IV. Her kids remember Aunt TC being there to play with them on the floor when they were little; riding bikes around the neighborhood; playing outdoor games; throwing a mean baseball; shooting hoops, and Christmas Eve presents from her. As her kids grew up, Aunt TC would tell each one of that that "you are my favorite, but don’t tell anyone!" She left them with indelible, loving memories, and their children, 15 great-nieces and nephews: Madison, Chase, Haley, Aiden, Mason, Peyton, Anthony, Emmalin, Katelyn, Braydon, Abigail, Morghan, Karleigh, Alexander and Lily, were able to experience some of these same memories with Aunt TC as well. TC is also survived by her Uncle Thomas (Barbara) Puccia and two additional aunts; Theresa Puccia and Juliette Puccia. She is also survived by her numerous cousins of the Puccia, Clement, Pangallo, Prevost and Castro families.

TC lived on Bellew Avenue her whole life. This neighborhood of loving and caring neighbors watched over her whenever she was outside over the years. Many thanks to: the Busler family, Carbone family, Derrigo families, Felice family, Marra families, and Schweinsburg family.

The family would like to especially thank Teresa’s care providers; Tabitha, Cheryl, Dorinda, and Millie who helped the family keep TC home while providing quality care to her. It would not have been possible without you.

Lastly, the family would like to thank Guilfoyle Ambulance Staff, Samaritan Emergency Room doctors, nurses and technicians, the Pavilion 4th floor Nurses and Aides, and the COVID unit nurses and doctors for their amazing care provided to TC. You were so patient, kind, and caring to her. You are so appreciated!

Due to COVID-19, there will be no calling hours but people may post condolences on at www.cummingsfuneral.com and arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Services, Inc., Watertown.


#27 Ann Jenner 2021-01-24 20:03
I just wanted to say, what a wonderful person I had the opportunity to meet and touch my life. I remember her love for life and people. Her deep strong faith. That smile is unforgettable. When I did my happy dance for her, she would smile and just shake her head. There are people in our lives that we will never forget, that have touched us in more ways than we could have ever imagined. I have been blessed with TC in my life. She will so be missed but the wonderful memories she has left behind with me do help in these difficult times. I hope her wonderful memories she leaves behind help you as well. With all my love and sympathy. Ann
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#26 The Yott Family 2021-01-19 08:45
So sorry to hear the passing of TC. We will miss her smile at special religious ed. Sending our love and prayers to the Burdick Family.
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#25 Marie Scicchitano 2021-01-17 10:13
to the family,
Let us share your grief, The Burdicks & Puccias will always be a part of us. Please know that our prayers are with you at this time. And as the years go by, the tears will turn to joy, knowing she was a special person to all that knew her. Know that she is smiling at you now.
Marie & Frank Scicchitano
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#24 James & Karen 2021-01-17 09:00
We are now grieving the loss of first cousin TC. When she was first born family members and friends questioned why this disabled child had to occur in such a nice family. With education and maturity the whole neighborhood learned to love cherish and protect TC. She will be missed and never forgotten. We love all of you.
Jimmy and Karen
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#23 Julie Derrigo 2021-01-16 17:46
To the entire Burdick/Puccia family
There wasn’t one person in the entire flats better than TC! She was so special to all who came in contact with her not because of her disability, it was because she was just like the rest of us. The difference was she had a bigger heart than any of us! She always made you feel like no matter what was going on in your life TC made it better. I will miss my friend of 57 years. Thank you for mentioning the families who looked out for TC we will always look out for TC.
Love to you Charlie Virginia & family
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#22 Mona & Dave Swain 2021-01-16 15:29
Sending healing prayers to the all Burdick family. I worked with Mary Ann many years ago and remember her talking about her wonderful sister. May Our Dear Lord keep her in his loving care now. We send our deepest sympathy to all.
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#21 Williams Family 2021-01-16 12:02
To all of the Burdick family, Stephanie cried when I told her about TC passing. TC was her "buddy" in religion class. She missed her. Stephanie knows that TC "graduated" to heaven where she is playing her violin for God. She must be so happy! God bless all of you.
Stephanie, Barb, & Wayne Williams
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#20 Fr. Maximilian, OSB 2021-01-16 10:19
I relied heavily on TC's prayers. She prayed faithfully every day for the intentions of many people. She had a long list of intentions that she would pray for every day. On her list was Newark Abbey. Before TC started praying for us, we were not getting new vocations. Once she started praying for us, young vocations started coming, and we are now a thriving religious community. I am so grateful to the Lord for sending us such a beautiful prayer angel. She now has her wings in heaven, and I know that she will be making intercession for us before the Lord in heaven. She will certainly be getting a lot of prayer intentions from me.
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#19 Linda Brown 2021-01-16 10:13
Dear Charlie and Virginia and family
One of the many joys of working for Dr. Roache was the wonderful relationships I built along the way. You and TC are one of those relationships that you mever forget . Your love for her was always evident and she herself was proof of that love. What an amazing And very special young lady whose light will always shine. I am so sorry for your loss. Please find comfort in knowing she is now resting peacefully in God’s arms . Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers . God Bless You.
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#18 Heidi Smith 2021-01-16 07:39
I feel so blessed to have met TC even for a short while she truly captured my heart - many blessings to the family and especially Mom and Dad for all the positivity, love and devotion you showed your dear daughter.
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