Shannon Bickauskas

Shannon Bickauskas, 35, passed away Monday night in the Geisinger Community Medical Center after an illness.

Born June 9, 1986 in Scranton, she was the daughter of Margaret Arscott Woody and her husband Thomas of Taylor and the late Robert J. Bickauskas who passed away in 2020.   She was a 2004 honors graduate of West Scranton High School where she was voted “Class Sweetheart” by her classmates.   Shannon went on to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Marywood University, where she was a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society.   She was a member of the Embury United Methodist Church and prior to her illness she was the curriculum coordinator at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.

Shannon was a kind and gentle person who loved Disney.  She will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to have known her. 

The family would like to offer their sincerest thanks and gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff of the Intensive Care Unit at the Geisinger Community Medical Center for the kind and compassionate care they afforded to Shannon while she was in their care. 

Also surviving are her maternal grandmother Betty Arscott of Scranton; uncles Dr. James Arscott and his wife Dr. Karen of Waverly, Darryl Bickauskas and his wife Johnine of Jefferson Twp, Vincent and Scott Bickauskas both of Scranton;  step brother Thomas Woody of Taylor; step sisters Melissa Rafalko and her husband Billy of Tennessee and Angela Maldonato and her husband Matt of Allentown;  cousins Maureen Ross-MacCormack and her husband Fraser of Clarks Green and Kayla and Kase Bickauskas of  Jefferson Twp.  

She was also preceded in death by her maternal grandfather Edward Arscott;  paternal grandparents Vincent and Ann Jeremiah Bickauskas.

The family asks all attending the viewing and funeral to please wear masks.  

 Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10am in the Embury United Methodist Church 942 S. Main Ave. Scranton with Rev. Jeffrey Levy, officiating.Friends may call Friday from 4-8pm in the Vanston and James Funeral Home 1401 Ash St. Scranton and Saturday morning from 9am until the time of the service at the church.

Interment, Abington Hills Cemetery.


  1. Joy

    My heartfelt condolences on the loss of Shannon. For years, I had the honor of closely teaching with her. Her personality and contributions will be greatly missed.

  2. Barbara Kobesky

    Margaret, Tom, Aunt Betty, Arscott, Woody, and Bickauskas Families, I am so, so sorry. Shannon had the most beautiful smile and giggle and the gentlest disposition that I’ve ever seen in a person. She was what the world needs more of. I don’t know why God took her so soon, but I think he needed another angel in Heaven and took the best. We all love her and will miss her so much. Our prayers are with you now. May God and beautiful memories get you through this. Sincerely, Barbara Kobesky and Family❤️🙏🏻

  3. Debra Burnett

    Margaret, words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. Prayers and blessings to you and your family.

    Debbie Burnett

  4. Charlotte Courtright Franco

    I had the honor and pleasure of being one of Shannon’s elementary school teachers. I never met a sweeter person in my life. I am just heartbroken to learn of her passing. My deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers for her family. She remains a bright spot in my heart and memory.

  5. GCSoM student M4

    I was very sad to learn about the passing of Shannon. She proctored some of my exams and she was truly sweet and made me feel comfortable, which I truly appreciated during the stressful time of taking an exam. Although I did not know her well, I am fortunate I had these brief encounters with her.

  6. Allen Bevan

    Words cannot express how terribly sorry I am about Shannon. May God’s Grace and Guidance comfort you in the days and weeks to come.

  7. Mercadez King

    I still can’t believe this. My heart hurts so bad but I know your in peace now. I miss you so much Shannon. I’ll forever cherish our memories.

  8. The Edmondson family

    Margaret, Tom, Betty & family,
    We are so very sorry to hear of your beautiful Shannon’s passing. Your faith, the love of God, family & friends & the precious memories of Shannon will help to guide you through the days & years ahead. She is always with you. Keeping you in our utmost thoughts & prayers. God bless you all.
    The Edmondson family

  9. Suzy Decker

    Dear Jim and Betty and family iam so sorry in the loss of such a wonderful young woman as Shannon.She had so much to give to everyone. May God uphold all of you in the palm of his hands and give you his everlasting peace and love God Bless you all

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