Robin Schoener of Oak Bluffs died Feb.3 after a long and valiant fight with appendix cancer. She was 67.

Robin grew up in western New York, and after living in several other countries including Egypt, Belgium and Brazil, she settled in Boston.

She came to Martha’s Vineyard in 2016 to take care of her friend Bob Jacobs in his last days. After his death, she decided to retire to the Vineyard permanently because of the loving friends and community that she took comfort in. She joined the Island Community Chorus and the Vineyard gleaning program.

She also enjoyed being a member of the Bend in the Road Book Club. Robin loved getting to know the Island and with her close group of friends she enjoyed many outings to all the Island events before she became ill. She was talented on many levels including weaving, needle point and singing.

She also loved connecting with people of all ages. Making new friends while shopping at the grocery store or taking a walk on her block was as important as the errand itself. She had a quick and easy humor that kept her and those around her laughing, even when her health was clearly on the decline.

A lifelong student of languages, she spoke five languages fluently. She held a bachelor’s degree in education from Fredonia State University, an M.B.A. from the Simmons School of Management, and in 2016 she earned a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Harvard University Extension School.

In her last days she was lovingly cared for Susan Nugent of Hospice and her caretaker Lilly Easter.

She was the daughter of the late Fred and Jean Schoener. In addition to her brother Rick Schoener, sister Melissa Mitchell, and cousin Wendy Schoener, she is survived by her close group of friends Jan Campbell, Margaret Curtain,

Maryann Heller, Fran Newton, Hilda Spann and Kathi Pogoda, and her honorary granddaughter, Hunter Creanga, daughter of Adriana Ghidu and Cosmo Creanga.

Interrment was in the Oak Bluffs cemetery.

Donations can be made to VNA Hospice (