Susan Henggeler, a longtime Albertsons Library staff member, passed away on March 18 at age 65. She was employed at Boise State for nearly 48 years, possibly making her the longest continuous employee of the university in all its iterations.
Henggeler first began working at the library at Boise Junior College in September 1968. She graduated from Boise State College – the university changed its name in 1969 – with a degree in English secondary education on Sept. 6, 1972. The very next day, Susan was interviewed by head librarian Ruth McBirney and started work as a permanent employee at the campus library, where she continued to be employed until the time of her death.
“The people are what made me stay,” Henggeler once said. “It’s always been the people.”
She was a passionate Bronco fan who held season tickets to football and men and women’s basketball games (she attended volleyball and gymnastics matches, as well). “Susan had two favorite seasons, football and basketball,” one co-worker remembered.
“Susan was the personification of the Bronco spirit,” another co-worker added. “As a dedicated Boise State enthusiast, Susan was famous in the library for her enduring support of all things Bronco. Susan was not a fair weather Bronco fan and proudly supported Boise State University men and women’s athletics in good times, and not so good times, since the era of Tony Knap and the Big Sky Conference.”
“As I was replacing Susan’s PC a week before she passed, she mentioned that I needed to be sure the picture taken from the big Fiesta Bowl victory was transferred from her old computer, because it always brought her such great memories,” said another co-worker.
Henggeler was an animal lover with a special fondness for cats. As befitting her job, she was an avid reader who rarely went anywhere without a book – especially mysteries and thrillers. Some of her favorite authors were James Patterson, Jonathan Kellerman, Patricia Cornwall and Debbie Macomber. Friends also remember her as an active member of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, a woman who helped with dinners at St. Vincent de Paul and would volunteer to visit the sick on Sundays.
Here are a few more words of admiration Henggeler’s co-workers had for her:
“Susan had a big heart. She always seemed to be concerned about others.”
“The things I admired most about Susan were her service heart and caring nature. Susan was a key member of the library’s Holiday Sharing committee for over 25 years, contributing gifts, time and money to help families in need. She was very involved with her church and in her circle of acquaintances, friends and family, Susan was well known as a person who reached out to those in need. In times of trouble or sadness, she instinctively knew the best way to help and was there to offer assistance.
“Susan’s unwavering faith was inspiring to me. Susan focused on the long view and had a great perspective. All of her actions were defined by a tribute to the human condition and I admired her for being so honorable, passionate, kind, supportive and loving. I will miss her.”
“Susan was an awesome friend, co-worker and person. She was the first to offer help to anyone in need of a hand and she was a good listener when people just wanted to talk. She had a huge heart.”
“For me personally: Susan was always the person who asked about others, who remembered each family member and their lives.”
She will be missed on campus.