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Sheri Wynne Sussman

November 27, 1956September 11, 2020

Sheri Wynne Sussman was born on November 27, 1956 and passed away on September 11, 2020 and is under the care of Walter B. Cooke Funeral Home.

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Sheri Wynne Sussman

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mindy chen

September 23, 2020

Sheri and I were pretty opposite in personality and work styles, but I like to think that's what made us a good team at Springer. She was funny, dramatic, always ready with an eye popping anecdote or a sympathetic ear; to the cluster of AEs outside her door, she was a bright pop of color in our day, accented with her distinctive chuckle and jingling bangles. No matter what was happening, I knew her door was always open, and she would always have a moment to spare to listen to whatever was on your mind.

Sheri was a genuine friend. Her simple decency and warmth for those around her was inspiring, and what I will miss about her most. My sincerest condolences to her loved ones and family.

Elizabeth Nieginski

September 21, 2020

I was very saddened to learn of Sheri's passing. She was a wealth of knowledge who taught me a great deal about the nursing gerontology market and introduced me to many luminaries in the field, some of whom became noteworthy Springer authors. She was well-respected and loved by the Gerontological Society of America, and will be deeply missed by this prestigious organization. And on a personal note, Sheri was an incredible friend and support to me when my Dad was diagnosed with advanced stage Alzheimer's, to which he eventually succumbed. Sheri was my rock during that time and I will always be indebted to her for her grace, knowledge, and exceptional kindness. May you rest in peace, Sheri.

Stephanie Penceal

September 20, 2020

To Andrea and Sheri's family,

I will always cherish the many, many years of workout mornings and seeing Sheri at the Harlem Y. She always made time to "check in and check on". I will miss her rushing out of the locker room amd telling me to to "stay safe and well". My favorite memories are of dancing with her at the Hamiltons' annual summer rooftop party.
Sheri was witty, wise and compassionate. I am grateful that I knew her and wish you all confort in your memories.

Stephanie Penceal

Jim Kent

September 20, 2020

Sheri always made a space for you.
You mattered and she was present.
Her sharp brain and quick wit made the smallest of interactions potent. I vividly remember her gait. She would almost lope. Her significant height allowed her to peer over the cubby walls at Springer as she strolled through the office. Ostensibly her mission was work related but just as often she was seeking out contact. She loved people and brought an electricity to any conversation she joined. My fondest memory of Sheri was at the dinner for Ursula's book. I had been gone for many years but we took right up as if it were yesterday. I had forgotten her warmth and her smile but instantly upon seeing her it all came rushing back. What a powerhouse!
May her passing be a blessing.

patti armet

September 19, 2020

My condolences to Sheri's family! Sheri was simply one of a kind!

I worked with her at Springer and loved her enthusiasm and spirit!

Will miss you Sheri and rest in peace.

Patti Armet

Rose Mary Piscitelli

September 17, 2020

I will always cherish my many fond memories of Sheri at Springer Publishing Company. She was a wonderful woman with great spirit and style and will be sorely missed. My deepest sympathy to Andrea and the other members of Sheri’s family.

matt fenton

September 17, 2020

Terribly saddened to hear. Sheri referred to me as her work brother…I think it was a compliment. In the early 2000s, as joint "VP"s we shepherded Springer, under and then above Ursula, through transition. I remember Sheri (riding her earlier tenure) sneaking ahead of me in the Christmas line to snag a bra one year and boxers another (US intended those for a young male employee and was disappointed!). I remember her entire dinner of one wilted lettuce leaf and a pinkish slice of tomato, when US insisted we eat traditionally in Frankfurt. And mostly I remember her as a kind and great friend in tough times with excellent mentoring regarding authors. Her editorial skills were so great that during a near complete company transition, when an advisor was hired to justify letting Sheri go, he insisted she should be kept and those wanting the transition must go. I so wish this transition could also have been stopped.
Love to Andrea and all.

Ruth Chasek

September 17, 2020

Sheri, my Springer sister! What happened ? We were born the same year and almost on the same day — about a week apart. We lived through many funny, productive, and strange years at Springer — her editing gerontology books, me editing nursing books. Nothing fazed Sheri — always cool — not an Ursula tantrum, not designing a new office space, not traveling all over the country to meet authors. Sheri was always warm and always mysterious. I will never know her fully but I had no doubt that she was 100% behind me when needed. I am very shocked and sad to hear this news. Much love to Andrea and all my Springer friends.

Ellen Carter

September 17, 2020

Reading through these messages brought Sheri's quirky beauty and power so vividly into my thought, while also telling me many things I never knew about her. I remember her, from our time working at Springer Publishing together, as a private person who nevertheless expressed expansive, generous energy. I sensed a sadness that she didn't care to burden me with, beneath a fearless love for the world. May her memory be a blessing.

Valerie Gillett

September 16, 2020

I am so saddened by Sheri’s passing, even though I haven’t seen her for years. I was part of the Springer Publishing team in the 70s and 80s. Vivid memories with and about her:
I can still hear her distinctive, low, hearty laugh, remember that she ran 5 miles before work, and had thighs of steel!, that she drummed with her Hells Kitchen neighbor guys at night, was an intense director of a small one act play group I was in at Theater for the New City, that she stayed up all night once waiting to bash the head of a big rat in her apt with frying pan (fearless!). Able to handle Ursula Springer, so competent, quick-witted at her job. Big heart. Devoted. And fun. I miss her! Wish I had stayed in touch with you Sheri. Hope you are at peace, fellow Sadge. My condolences to family and dear ones.

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