Schuller dies after heart complications |

Schuller dies after heart complications


Terry Dean Schuller of Breckenridge died Oct. 5 of cardiovascular complications. He was 53.Schuller had been participating in a new study at the University of Wisconsin Hospital. The study was designed to prevent, screen for and treat vascular disease in renal transplant recipients and those waiting for kidney transplants.Schuller was born June 24, 1951 in St. Louis, Mo. He was diagnosed with juvenile onset diabetes at age 14.He attended Northern Michigan University and graduated in 1981 with a degree in speech broadcasting and minors in music education, art and design and filmmaking.Blindness prevented him from using them, so he sought a career in massage therapy. When his kidneys began to fail, he was put on the renal transplant list in Madison, Wisc. In 1986, Helen Chrisanne Mullineux of Ironwood, Mich., offered him a kidney – at the time among the first between a non-related, living donor and recipient.The two later moved to Colorado and worked in Vail, Glenwood Springs, and eventually Breckenridge, where they opened Advance Massage Therapy on Ridge Street.Health complications forced Schuller to return to Michigan for treatment.He is survived by Mullineux; parents Edward and Billie Schuller, sister Anna Marie Genovese; brothers Gary and Michael; nephew Cory Genovese; his guide dog, Copper; aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.They remember him as a generous, compassionate and kind person who loved the outdoors, music festivals and spending time with friends. Schuller encouraged all who knew him to become a blood, organ and tissue donor.He also asked that, in remembrance of him, to throw a stone into a river.- Daily News staff report

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