Susan R. Robertson, 55
Susan R. Robertson, who was born Sept. 27, 1955, passed away Nov. 21, 2010.
She was the beloved wife of Steven; mother of Katie (Hans) Schiefelbein, Grant (Jessica), Peter and Tori Robertson; and grandmother of Sorin and Norah Schiefelbein. She is further survived by family and beloved friends.
Susan passed away at the age of 55 as a result of pancreatic cancer. Her passing happened unimaginably fast and with little warning. We mourn her absence from our lives but we have peace knowing that she is in the arms of her dear Lord.
Susan lived an uncommon life. She sought neither limelight nor praise as she touched peopleís lives with love, wisdom and laughter. Her calling card seemed to be her smile. It attracted people to her. They felt safe to share their hearts with this woman who would always keep their confidences. She didnít always wait for people to come to her; if prompted she would reach out. Her cards and letters, phone calls, e-mails or visits touched hundreds of lives. Somehow she knew when people were hurting.
One woman wrote, "I was alone for the first time in my life on Christmas day. I heard a knock at my door only to find Susan there telling me to get my coat on so we could take a Christmas walk together. Here I was on the loneliest day of my life and there came someone who cared about me. You will never know what that little walk meant to me." Stories like this were told over and over again to her family throughout her illness and since she has passed.
She did the little things. She worked behind the scenes. She had great impact on her world. She lived an uncommon life.
Her motivation was always her love for Jesus Christ. He made the difference in her. She had firsthand experience with his love for her and she wanted to pass that on to others. She took time each day to read and study her Bible. Godís word was the source of her wisdom. She prayed daily for each of her family members by name. On each day of the week she designated time to pray for certain important things in her life: her church, ministries she supported, her neighborhood, many families, individuals, and for the leaders of our country. Through prayer she saw people through Godís lens. She reached out with compassion and care.
Her daughter, Katie Schiefelbein started a blog, ilovesuerobertson.blogspot.com, that chronicled the last weeks of Susanís life. This blog touched so many lives as the family shared their hearts and deepest feelings. After each posting people would share what Susan meant to them and words of encouragement. Literally thousands of people were on the Web site daily. The raw emotions of watching their dear one suffer and yet trust in a loving God was on display every day.
Susan Robertson will be missed by many. She truly lived an uncommon life.
Memorials may be made in Sue Robertsonís name to Alliance Bible Church for Womenís Ministries Scholarships for Leadership Development.
Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory of Cedarburg is assisting the family.