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Shelley Ruth Semp Fiss
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Birth: Apr. 27, 1950
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Dec. 20, 2000
San Jose
Santa Clara County
California, USA

One Very Warm wonderful Person. She was a beloved, Wife Mother, Mother-In-Law, and Teacher. Wife of Steven Fiss. Mother of Adam and David. Shelley worked 28 years of her life educating young people. She was a fighter. Shelley fought Breast Cancer for 13 years, and finally lost. In February 2000, even though she knew she had little time to live, planned the wedding of her son Adam to the lovely Teresa Everett. Shelley glowed the night of February 27, 2000. She was the mother of the groom, and was so proud. The next months became worse and worse. Her last major event was watching Adam graduated Law School in early December. She died just before Christmas, her last words were to her daughter-in-law, she said "You're my Best Friend," and passed shortly after at the young age of 50. In 2003 Shelley's first grandchild was born, a boy named Lance. He was named Lance because Shelley admired Lance Armstrong for surviving cancer. You can see Shelley every time the adorble boy smiles. Also in 2003 Steve Fiss re-married.

The Los Altos crier did a wonderful story on Shelley on January 3, 2001:
Shelley Fiss, a teacher in the Los Altos schools for 28 years, succumbed to her recurring cancer Dec. 21. Mrs. Fiss began teaching kindergarten at Springer in 1972. Over the next 28 years, interspersed only with leaves of absence for the births of her sons, and, in recent years, her battle with cancer, she moved to Loyola where she taught wherever the need was greatest: second, third, sixth-grades. "Shelley was a sound master teacher, technically sound. She was always willing to share her talents with young teachers in the district, with other teachers in her school," said Dick Liewer, Assistant Superintent for Instruction. Liewer worked with Mrs. Fiss throughout her career. He said the district relied on her talents to conduct productive in-service teacher training. "Mrs. Fiss had the unique ability not only to teach reading effectively but to transfer that technique to others. Even after she was forced to take a leave of absence because of her illness, she continued to care ... she was always there, thinking of people. When we needed her, she came back to help at Oak," said Liewer. "She was a wonderful person." Those who knew Mrs. Fiss joined in the praise for her work and even more for the person. "She was a wonderful person," said Megan French. "She could not only teach academics but teach kids how to be wonderful people and she taught it by example." Mrs. Fiss is survived by her husband, Steve, also an educator; and sons, David and Adam. Mrs. Fiss' family have requested that donations be made to the Bay Area Breast Cancer Network, 261-1425. 
Beth David Memorial Garden
San Jose
Santa Clara County
California, USA
Plot: Tier 500, Grave 1 *Grave Un-Marked*
Created by: The Perplexed Historian
Record added: Jun 24, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11231052
Shelley Ruth <i>Semp</i> Fiss
Added by: The Perplexed Historian
Shelley Ruth <i>Semp</i> Fiss
Added by: The Perplexed Historian
Shelley Ruth <i>Semp</i> Fiss
Added by: The Perplexed Historian
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Rest in peace.
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 Added: Dec. 3, 2010
Rest in peace.
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