Goshen’s loss is heaven’s gain

Bill and Lisa Scheuermann, one of Goshen's happiest couples, share a moment during happier times. Lisa is survived by her husband, Bill, children Shannon Gambuti-Stansfield, Chuck Gambuti, and son-in-law Wayne Stansfield.

By Wendy Bynum-Wade
Heaven gained a new angel Sunday afternoon when Goshen native Lisa Hehn Scheuermann lost her valiant battle against cancer. Known throughout the region as a first-responder extraordinaire, Lisa’s adult life could be summed up in a few words: selfless, tireless and dedicate. Of course, there were hundreds of other adjectives in the dozens and dozens of condolence posts on Facebook since news of Lisa’s passing traveled quickly throughout the Hudson Valley. Lisa was a dispatcher for the New Windsor Police Department for 18+ years. She spent three decades going out at all hours of the day and night to meet people at their darkest moments. Whether it was a call for a kid who fell out of a tree and got a few broken bones as a reward, or if it was to calm the relatives when their loved ones had already succumbed to a fatal heart attack or stroke before the ambulance had even arrived. Lisa was at her best when she could reassure someone and keep a chaotic situation calm. She freely shared her extensive knowledge of life-saving techniques in the class room training new EMS recruits or with members of GOVAC getting on-the-job training. Her smile was contagious; her demeanor kept bad situations from becoming catastrophic. Her loss will be felt by the New Windsor Police Department, the Goshen Fire Department, Goshen Volunteer Ambulance Corp (GOVAC), the Orange County Emergency Services Division of Emergency Medical Services and just about every individual she has ever crossed paths with.
Those close to the family have already scheduled a fundraiser in Lisa’s name at Kelly Jean’s Restaurant in Goshen on Sunday June 24 from 12 noon – 3pm. $20 at the door will get you appetizers and raffles. Cash bar will be available and there will be donation jars and other opportunities to give back to an entire family that has devoted themselves to helping in our community. Entertainment is also included.
Heaven may have gotten a new angel this week, but Lisa’s been practicing for more than three decades. She has truly been “an angel among us.” A complete profile on Lisa’s life and her amazing family can been read in next week’s paper.
Editor's note: Please see Lisa Scheuermann's obituary on page 23.