Robishaw, 68, of Riverside PA passed away suddenly on Friday, May 15, 2020
at Geisinger Medical Center Danville PA. She was born June 7, 1951 in
Midland Michigan the daughter of Eva Angus Robishaw of Danville PA and the
late Elmer Robishaw
from Midland High School in Midland MI. She received her Bachelor of Arts
Degree from Central Michigan University and her Master’s degree in
Librarianship from Emory University.
In her extensive
library career, she worked as a cataloger for the Georgia Institute of
Technology, a reference librarian for Southern Methodist University, and
prior to her retirement, as Director of the Health Sciences Libraries for
the Geisinger Health System. There, she managed three libraries for
Geisinger and provided reference services to thousands of employees
including 1200 physicians. She loved all of her library jobs because she was
constantly challenged to learn new things. When not working, she was often
found patronizing local libraries and reading lots of books.
included politics and organ donation. As a young mother, she was diagnosed
with cardiomyopathy. In 1989, she received a heart transplant and a second
chance at life. In subsequent years, she became a vocal advocate for organ
donation and her car featured a bumper sticker with the quote “Don’t take
your organs to heaven, HEAVEN knows we need them here”. With her death, she
completed the cycle of organ donation.
Her hobbies were
many and varied. Early on, she coached her son’s soccer and baseball teams,
welcomed international visitors to the community, and engaged in basket
making, gardening and scrapbooking. Later on, she enjoyed the outdoors,
trekking through Europe, attending Andre Rieu concerts, and conversing and
reading mysteries in German. Most recently, she loved spending time with her
dog, Lucky, and tracing the family genealogy back to the 11th
In addition to her
mother, she is survived by her beloved son: Evan Wilson, Elkridge, MD; two
brothers; Richard Robishaw of Phoenix AZ and Douglas Robishaw of Boise ID
and two sisters; Becky Robishaw of Danville PA and Janet Robishaw of Boca
Raton FL. Many dear nieces and nephews also survive her.
With the passing
of the coronavirus restrictions, her son will host a “Celebration of Life”
for Susan later in the summer for family, friends, and colleagues.
The family will
provide flowers. Memorial Contributions may be made to a charitable
foundation that will be set up at a later date.
under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 42 West Mahoning Street,
Danville, PA 17821.
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