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Kathleen Bissell

Kathleen D. Bissell (Di Cioccio) MD

Sunday February 14, 1937 - Sunday September 20, 2020
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Obituary

In Loving Memory of Kathleen D. Bissell, M.D., Vanguard of Women's Rights

Kathleen D. Bissell, M.D., 83, lifelong resident of Nutley, passed away Sunday, September 20, 2020. Dr. Bissell, a first generation Italian-American, enjoyed her childhood roller skating outdoors and reading comics at her family's corner store, Mecha's, on Bloomfield Ave near Harrison St. She was an editor of the Nutley High School newspaper and a member of the Night Owls social group graduating in 1955 having received the first UNICO National Academic Scholarship. Uncommon for Italian-American women of the time, Dr. Bissell attended college out-of-state at The University of Rochester graduating in 1959 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. Having been accepted to many medical programs, she chose to attend Seton Hall Medical School to return closer to family. Dr. Bissell graduated SHMS in 1963 with her degree in Medicine, completing her residency in 1967 and becoming Board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1970.

Dr. Bissell's career spanned nearly 30 years. She became the first female OB-GYN to operate a medical practice in Nutley. She was granted admitting privileges at Clara Maas Memorial Hospital in Belleville, NJ, now Clara Maas Medical Center, a part of Barnabas Health Medical Group and Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, NJ. Dr. Bissell later became Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Clara Maas. Loved by her patients for her caring and straightforward counsel, rarely could she venture out in public without being engaged with updates and photos of children she delivered. Halloween was a favorite holiday handing out candy bars to patients' children.

Dr. Bissell was civic minded volunteering for The Nutley-Belleville Columbus Day Parade Committee becoming Italian American Woman of the Year in 2005 and was an active member of the Nutley Township Board of Adjustment for many years. She enjoyed opera, routinely attended performances at Lincoln Center and was a member of several womens' rights organizations,

Dr. Bissell and her husband, Gerald, were married for over 57 years. During their retirement, they enjoyed traveling to Europe. Splitting their time between Florida and New Jersey, Dr. Bissell, an avid vegetable gardener, each year would start her heirloom seeds in FL transporting them to NJ for planting. When not in her garden, Dr. Bissell would often be found rooting for her grandchildren at one of their ball games.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Gerald N. Bissell; her children, James D. Bissell and Dominique M. Bissell; 2 grandchildren, Helyna and Gerald; sister, Frances Capalbo; and nieces, Karen Lombardi and Lynn Fanelli.


The funeral will be Saturday September 26th at 8:30am from the S.W. Brown & Son Funeral Home, (www.swbrownandson.com), 267 Centre St., Nutley.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Church in Nutley at 9:30am.

The interment will follow at Glendale Cemetery in Bloomfield.

Visitors will be received at the funeral home on Friday September 25th from 4-8pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Special Young Adults, 83 Franklin Avenue Nutley, NJ would be appreciated.

Please keep in mind of all social distancing rules. In order to enter the premises, you must have and wear a mask. Only 55 people are allowed within the premises at any given time, so please be mindful of your time spent paying your respects so that others will be able to do so as well.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, September 25th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Friday, September 25th, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    S.W. Brown & Son Funeral Home
    Address
    267 Centre Street
    NUTLEY, NJ 07110
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  • Service

    Saturday, September 26th, 2020 | 9:30am
    When
    Saturday, September 26th, 2020 9:30am
    Location
    Holy Family Church
    Address
    28 Brookline Avenue
    NUTLEY, NJ 07110
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  • Interment

    Location
    Glendale Cemetery
    Address
    28 Hoover Avenue
    BLOOMFIELD, NJ 07003
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David & Susan Del Polito

Posted at 09:47pm
Dr. Bissell was my wife’s OBGYN and we owe her so much for her skill and guidance to young parents.
She delivered our 4 children and she also taught us many life lessons. We will miss you but we will also pray for you too. Thank you for your dedication and your loving demeanor towards your patients. A life time of giving to the women of our community.
JM

Jeanne Masone

Posted at 10:25am
Dear Gerald,
I am so very sorry to hear of Kathy passing away. If I had known of it, me and family would have attended the services.
May she Rest In Peace. Kathy was always a bright outlook to my day !
Delivering my precious cargo back in 1971, my son Joseph.
I will never forget her warm smile !
Cousin Jeanne Masone ❤️❤️❤️
MS

Michael Slattery Sr

Posted at 10:10am
To Gerald Bissell
Although I didn’t recognize the name, I was reading Kathleen’s obituary as I found her life fascinating and inspiring. When I got to the part listing survivors, my eyes popped when I saw husband Gerald. My mind flashed back over 50 years, and I remembered your wife was a doctor! You may not remember me, but I was a management trainee at Wakefern in 1966 and you were assigned to be my mentor. I remember you as being kind, calm, and encouraging to me, and I was always grateful for that.
I had a wonderful seven years at Wakefern, eventually becoming Director of Grocery Purchasing. Later I started a food brokerage business which is now being run by my son. Thank you for all you did for me.
Please accept our condolences on the passing of your wife. She was a remarkable woman. >Mike Slattery
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Elissa Madson

Posted at 04:35pm
I worked for Dr Bissell in the years before her retirement. She was very good to me and my family.
She was one of the most compassionate women
I have ever known. And her skills as a physician we're unsurpassed.
My sincere condolences to all the family.
Rest in peace. You we're much loved.♥️
Elissa Madson
KD

Karen DeVivo

Posted at 02:47am
I worked for Dr. Bissell many years ago ....she delivered both my sons she was definitely a straightforward person .....she was always very nice to me I will miss her I have many fond memories of her!!
Karen DeVivo
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