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Teresa was born and raised in Troy; daughter of John F. Cody and Alice M. McClean Kelley. She had seven siblings: Jack Cody, Betty O'Connor, Dorothy Collins, William Cody, Mildred Rounds, Daniel Cody and Alice Wager (all predeceased).
Teresa raised two uniquely wonderful children, Thomas Kelley (Nancy) and Kim Todd (Russell), with her belated husband Arnold Kelley of 32 years. She was an endless source of strength for her family. Teresa (Nany) is cherished beyond words by her two grandchildren, Shannon Kinnear (Kris) and Samantha Kelley (fiancé Chris Saddlemire), and beloved by her surviving canine kids.
Teresa attended St. Augustine's School and Catholic Central High School, dancing up a storm at every chance while keeping up her studies. She retired from the telephone company (NYNEX/Verizon), making lifelong friends during her tenure. Teresa also wore many important hats behind-the-scenes at her son's Troy business, Tom's Furniture. She stayed active in numerous social clubs throughout her retirement, including the Pioneers of America and the Spiegletown Elders, where she continued to grow her friendships.
Teresa savored and infused laughter into every moment spent with her family and friends no matter the place - be it vacations to Cape Cod or Hampton Beach, trips to visit family in California and Florida, or gambling excursions to Atlantic City and the Races. Teresa also found great contentment in her own company, reading and enjoying her sunny backyard sanctuary. Most of all, she valued being a refuge for friends and family to come to and rejuvenate.
The family would like to sincerely thank the staff and the residents at Eddy Village Green House 1 for their compassionate care of Teresa; you truly made it a happy home.
Funeral service will be Monday August 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm at McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home, corner of 109th Street and Third Avenue, Lansingburgh. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Calling hours will be held from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, 3 Oakland Avenue, Menands, NY 12204 in memory of Teresa Kelley.
Please visit Teresa's everlasting book of memories at www.mcloughlinmason.com.
Tuesday, August 11th, 2015, 11:00am - 1:00pm, McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home
Monday, August 10th, 2015, 1:00pm, McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home
TERESA WAS A VERY DEAR FRIEND TO MY MOM SHARON ROCKENSTIRE & MYSELF & HUSBAND RON. I ENJOYED MANY YEARS WITH HER AND WAS GLAD WE HAD TIME SINCE MOM DIED TO SEE EACH OTHER. MAY THE ROAD RISE TO MEET YOU DEAR FRIEND & I HOPE YOU, MOM, & THE OTHERS ARE TOGETHER UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN. RIP WITH LOVE & PRAYERS ALWAYS.......
MARY ANN CHESKY Aug 9 2015 12:00 AM
So sorry to read of Teresa's passing. I remember Teresa as my childhood playmate in the back yard at 498 Fourth Street in South Troy. Remembering all the Cody family. -- Milly was the back yard director of activities. Slicing potatoes thin to make fries, playing house and games. Remembering Summer, Father Jack, home from work, black face, washing up in back yard after day at the Coke Plant. Remembering my mom's awful sadness at the death of Cody Mom. Mrs. Cody had told my mom she had a bad feeling about the delivery. And later knowing how the extended family gathered in the children and made new life for all. You were blessed to have her as Mom. My prayers are with you. --- Tom (Tommy) Halpin -- Essex Junction, VT
Tommy Halpin Aug 9 2015 12:00 AM
Dearest Tom, Nancy, Shannon and Kris, Sammy and Chris, and Kim and Russell, Walter and I send our heartfelt sympathy along with love, hope, faith and prayers. "Nana" will surely be missed, however, her joyful, loving and giving spirit and her unending smiles will forever remain in our hearts and souls. We mourn her loss as she has been a significant figure throughout our seemingly lifetime of friendship. We have truly been blessed by her love and joy of family and friends throughout the years. She was at the head of the timeline of life for us, as represented by Sammy as an infant and Shannon as the girl across the street getting on the kindergarten bus with our son. As we celebrated together so many joys, laughter, trials and life events, Nana was always there. An unending source of love and support. May you feel her love, kindness and joyful spirit, and see her abundant smiles as a reminder of strength during joyous celebrations as well as times of grief and sorrows. We love you all so very much, Barbara and Walt
Barbara and Walter Schlesier Jr Aug 9 2015 12:00 AM
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