WOOSTER – Fae Audrey Nippert Robinson, 93, passed away on April 10, 2014 at West View Manor, Wooster, from heart disease.
Always bright, cheery and upbeat, Fae was active in many volunteer activities in Wooster, where she moved with her husband Charles and four children in 1962. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church for more than fifty years and was also a member of the Wooster chapter of PEO. She greatly enjoyed the chance to help people by volunteering at Wooster Community Hospital and other local charities. After her own children began leaving home, Fae worked as a secretary during tax season for the Don I. Cole Investment Company, and later as a secretary for the United Methodist Church in Wooster for 10 years, earning many accolades from colleagues for her dedicated work.
Fae was born on February 20, 1921 to Harry and Olive Nippert, and she grew up on a farm in Switzer County in the hills near Clarington in southern Ohio. Her childhood was filled with hard physical work helping her parents make cheese and take care of the animals and fields, but along with that came a great deal of love, laughter and a strong sense of community. The daughter of a teacher, Fae attended a one-room schoolhouse growing up, and she instilled a love of education in all her children and grandchildren, making learning fun and exciting.
She graduated from Salem High School in Clarington in 1938, but had to miss graduation ceremonies due to a near-fatal episode of pneumonia. She then moved to Washington, D.C. to live with her aunt and uncle while working for the Railroad Retirement Board during World War II, and she counted her time in the nation s capital among her favorite experiences. When the agency relocated out of the city, Fae decided to return to Ohio, and began work as a secretary at the Ohio Edison plant in Dilles Bottom where she was an executive secretary responsible for calculating payroll, well-respected for her excellent skills, strong work ethic and pleasant demeanor.
A blind date arranged by a cousin resulted in her happy 60-year marriage beginning on March 15, 1952 with Charles Robinson, who died last year. They first set up housekeeping in Shadyside, Ohio, moving to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and finally Wooster, Ohio with their growing family.
Fae had a strong creative streak and expressed it in many ways. She played piano and organ from an early age, becoming a church organist as a teenager. She enjoyed singing and playing piano duets with her husband Charles. Fae was an excellent cook and could easily turn out a feast for a large crowd on short notice. She was also a remarkable seamstress who sewed clothing for all her children from designs she drew herself on the backs of newspapers. She and Charles also designed several additions to their home, and she greatly enjoyed collaborating with builders to create new living spaces. Fae deeply loved all children and had a special connection with animals, and had a way of making everyone feel special and appreciated.
Fae loved traveling with Charles to Europe, including the homeland of her ancestors in Switzerland who founded the Isaly Dairy Company, and on car and train trips around the United States with the family. An avid player of any kind of game or puzzle who always let her grandchildren win, Fae was also a big Cleveland Indians fan and could provide player histories and baseball statistics on a variety of other teams as well. She amazed everyone with her enthusiasm for learning new technologies well into her 90s, using Facebook and Skype daily on her iPad as a way to keep up with distant friends and family scattered all over the world. Recognized by everyone as a talented storyteller, Fae captivated her children, grandchildren, friends and family with a seemingly endless bag of tales from her life experiences. She loved to read all kinds of books, especially historical autobiographies.
Fae loved most of all spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, her large extended family and many friends. We greatly miss Fae, her gentle manner, kind heart and easy laugh despite enduring several physical ailments, but at the same time we admire and celebrate her many personal accomplishments and the liveliness, warmth and joy she spread to all she met.
Survivors include her children, Carolyn Robinson and Jane Mesure of Wooster, Charles M. Robinson (Marina) of Merlo, Argentina, and Nancy (Floyd) Robinson-Berry of Austin, Texas; grandchildren Collin Robinson, Tania Robinson and Paloma Robinson of Merlo, Argentina and Karla Robinson of Berea, Kentucky; Jay Plant of Washington, D.C., Gary Plant of Jackson Hole, Wyoming and their father, Mike Plant of Wooster; and Wesley Berry of San Marcos, Texas; three great-grandchildren, Amadi Velasquez-Robinson, Lenka Velasquez-Robinson, and Aynara Gonzales-Robinson of Merlo, Argentina; sister-in-law Ruth Robinson of Wooster; as well as twenty nieces and nephews and their families. Fae was preceded in death by her husband Charles and her siblings, Eleanor Groves, Boyd Nippert and Elaine Hathaway.
Memorial services will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Wooster on Saturday, April 19, 2013 at 1pm. Family will receive friends at a reception in Bruch Hall following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church or a charity of your choice in Fae s honor.
McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com.
First Presbyterian Church, 621 College Ave., Wooster, OH 44691 or to a charity of the donor’s choice
First Presbyterian Church, 621 College Avenue, Wooster at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, 2014
Family will receive friends following the service in Bruch Hall