Sharon Kay Beu

February 13, 1947 - February 16, 2021

Sharon Kay Beu


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Sharon Kay Beu, 74, of Poplar Grove, IL passed away Tuesday morning, February 16, 2021 following an automobile accident.  Sharon was born February 13, 1947 in Elgin, IL, the daughter of Morice E. and Kathleen M. (Welch) Beu.  Sharon attended Immanuel Lutheran School where she was in the very first 1st grade class; she graduated from Belvidere High School.  Sharon went on to study at Western Illinois University and Concordia University Chicago, earning her bachelor’s degree in business administration. She married her former husband, Bruce E. Genz, on December 16, 1967 in Belvidere.  Over the years, Sharon worked in the banking industry, owned an insurance agency; devoted 18 years serving as a church administrator, and was currently working with Belvidere Cemetery Association and John Morrissey Accountants.  Sharon was Baptized at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Elgin, IL and made her spiritual home at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Belvidere.  Music was an important part of Sharon’s life.  She was a member of Immanuel’s Adult Choir and served as the director of the Bell Choir for 6 years.  She was also the Children’s choir director at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Harvard, Il as well as the Children’s choir director for Kadena Air Force Base Chapel in Okinawa, Japan.  Sharon’s social interest included serving on the board of directors for the Boone County Council on Aging, Belvidere Cemetery Association Board of Trustees as Secretary/Treasurer and the Belvidere High School Class of 1965 reunion committee.   Deep down, Sharon had three meaningful joys in her life: she loved spending time with her grandchildren, visiting family and friends, and her church family.

Sharon is loved and will be missed by her children, Brian E. (Daisy) Genz of Kenosha, WI, Brady D. (Laura) Genz of Ruckersville, VA and Brett A. (Angela) Genz of Ruckersville, VA; grandchildren, Ethan, Madeline, Anna, Timothy, Morgan, Amy, Zachary and Josephine Genz; siblings, Robert Beu of Phoenix, AZ, and Jane M. (Laurence) Phillips of Albuquerque, NM; Nieces: Stephanie Curtis, Jennifer Beu, Megan Phillips Smith, Erin Phillips. Nephews: Corbin Beu, Gregory Beu, Jonathon Beu. Great-nieces: Gretta Crutchfield, Clara Julseth, Mattie Curtis. Great Nephews: Emmett Smith, Leopold Phillips. Godchildren: Martin Voiles, Julie Voiles Swimelar, Lisa Staskal DeJong, and Christopher Fischer; Special Friends:  Nancy Helsdon Schwebke, Dan and Satsuki Fischer, and Daniela Ostermayer; Classmates from BHS Class of ’65 and reunion committee, and numerous special coworkers.  Sharon is preceded in death by her parents and brother William R. Beu.

The walk-through visitation for Sharon will be held Tuesday, February 23, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1045 E. Belvidere Rd., Belvidere, IL.  In keeping with Covid-19 recommendations, facemask and social distancing will be observed; please enter door #4. The funeral service for Sharon will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at The Church.  Burial in Belvidere Cemetery.  Memorials in lieu of flowers can be given in care of Immanuel Lutheran Church 1045 E. Belvidere Rd., Belvidere, IL 61008 in Sharon’s name.  Arrangements by Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Avenue, Belvidere, IL.  To share a memory, please visit

Service Schedule

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Immanuel Lutheran Church


The walk-through visitation for Sharon will be held Tuesday, February 23, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1045 E. Belvidere Rd., Belvidere, IL.  In keeping with Covid-19 recommendations, facemask and social distancing will be observed; please enter door #4.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
2:00 pm

Immanuel Lutheran Church


The funeral service for Sharon will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at The Church.

Belvidere Cemetery

Burial in Belvidere Cemetery.

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Sharon and I (along with Lynn Brani) were roomates in Bennett Hall at W.I.U. in 1965-66. Lynn was a junior, I was a sophomore, and Sharon was a freshman. We got along well and became close. We all had birthdays in February so we celebrated all month. Sharon left WIU at the end of the year to be with Bruce. We kept in touch off and on during the years, often losing one another’s address. In September 2016 Sharon showed up at my mom’s funeral to express her sympathy! She traveled about 60 miles to reach out to me after 50 years! Following that we kept in touch with texts and phone calls every so often. Our best visit was when I took a train from Galesburg and she took a train from the Belvidere area and we met downtown. We talked about everything for 6 hours until it was time for our trains to take us to our respective homes. Mostly we talked about family, faith, and friends. I was not surprised to learn all the areas of expertise Sharon had developed over the years. She was still the same kind, caring, thoughtful, witty, cheerful roomate I knew from 50 years ago, but now she was a Mom and Grandma, which was her greatest accomplishment, as well as a business woman, volunteer, musician, traveler, and so much more. We shared how we were both selling our large homes where we had raised our families and downsizing to a condo. She moved first and assured me it was the right thing to do! I could not understand why her Christmas card was returned to me as I thought I had her correct address. Then her phone number was not in service. I did not know who to call until I used FB and read the message from Brett posted Feb 2021. How I regret not picking up the phone last January to ask how her Christmas was with her family! I know she is organizing and leading the music in heaven. I miss her. My sincere condolences to all her family.

Suzanne Chatterton 2022-01-05T23:54:22

To Brian, Brady, Brett and your families,
I worked with your mom at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church for several years, as just a member, council member and employee. We also met to have some fun outside of church on occasion. I thoroughly enjoyed her sense of humor, caring for others and integrity in the workplace. I haven’t seen her in a few years, but recently she came to mind several times in one day. It was at the end of that day that I learned she was in a terrible accident that took her life. It is strange how God works. Her wonderful memory continues to linger. She was so proud of you boys. She spoke often of you and what you were doing. And her grandchildren were such a focus of her love. She loved visiting with you all. As I recall there was a great trip to Disney World one year. I hope I am remembering that correctly. My heart goes out to you for the sudden loss of a great mom and grandmother. Know that her spirit lives in all of us she has touched in this life. God’s peace to you.

Sue Gorski 2021-02-27T12:14:50

Hi Brian, Brady and Brett. We are so saddened at the loss of your mother. I used to meet your mom for lunch occasionally when I worked at Dean’s in Rockford and always enjoyed it. It was like going home. Familiar names, old stories and catching up on the kids. She was so proud of all of you. My condolences to your wives and grandchildren who have lost a friend and grandma. I only knew Daisy and my heart breaks for you all. Sharon was loved and will be remembered always, with a smile.

Colleen and Rick Haffner 2021-02-24T19:34:15

So unbelievably saddened to hear of this tragedy last week. All of us will remember Sharon with the fondest of memories. Sending sympathies and strength to her family at this devastating time. Sharon will so be missed!

Trudy Perkins Noren 2021-02-24T14:18:52

Heartbreaking! My prayers are with her family since I know Sharon is with our Lord.
I will always remember our times together with nothing but smiles.
Rest In Peace My Friend!

Karen VanderBeke 2021-02-24T13:28:52

Such a tragedy for all the family . A beautiful soul gone way to early . Hope your memories will give some comfort . Rest In Peace beautiful lady .

Rich and Roxanne Marshallsay 2021-02-23T11:07:02

Brian, Brady & Brett,

I’m very sorry to hear about your loss. Your mom was a wonderful woman. I wish the three of you & your families all the best & will keep you all in my prayers.

Richard Drake 2021-02-22T22:03:38

So sorry to hear of Sharon’s passing. She was a special classmate. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Marilyn and Dale Rhode 2021-02-22T22:02:34

We have been blessed with Sharon’s friendship for many years resulting in wonderful memories that will always be cherished. You will be greatly missed by so many. Rest in peace faithful servant.

John & Sonia Pofelski 2021-02-22T15:45:23

It has been so many years since I last saw her. When I was told of her death I remembered her name but not her face. When I read this obit and saw her again I was flooded with intense and warm feelings. I can no longer remember the details, the family events or the many conversations and now, too late, wish for a last smile or hug. It all passes so quickly and I am very sad.

Daniel A Mengeling 2021-02-22T10:02:07

One of the musicals which Sharon and I directed together contained this song: “Heaven is a wonderful place, filled with glory and grace. I’m gonna see my Savior’s face ’cause Heaven is a wonderful place ( I wanna go there!) Sharon was a shining light here on earth and is now experiencing that glory and seeing the face of her Savior.

Mary Harm 2021-02-21T15:19:19

Genz Family, we are so very sorry for the great loss of your mom. Know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers thru this difficult time. Hoping you find peace throughout the coming days.

Bruce and Cheryl Andersen 2021-02-21T15:12:04


CALVIN TURNER 2021-02-21T13:38:30

My sincere sympathies and prayers. I was blessed to work with Sharon and call her a friend. When I began working at OSLC I had so many questions and Sharon was always willing to guide, teach, encourage and share her expertise. She was respected, intelligent, witty, confident, caring, a strong faithful independent woman who inspired others. A mother grandmother who loved deeply and was SO proud of her family. A faithful servant loved and I am blessed to have her in my life ♥️🙏

Cyndi Hlavin 2021-02-21T12:21:16

Our deepest sympathies to Sharon’s family. During our years in Rockford, Christine, Elsa, Josephine and I truly enjoyed our days of work, laughter and sharing life together. After we moved to Australia, Sharon visited us here and what a blessing it was to spend those moments reminiscing and enjoying her company. God bless you all in the midst of your grieving. I wish that we could be there with you.

Reid Matthias 2021-02-21T04:01:49

There are few people in life who make you smile every single time. Sharon was one of those people. For my years at Our Savior’s in Rockford, spending every day working with and around her was a true blessing, but our favorite time with her was when she visited us here in Australia. As we shared time and laughter together, she reminded us again how we are all so very connected even though apart. We will miss her very, very much. God bless you all as you grieve. I wish we could be there with you.

Reid Matthias 2021-02-21T03:58:34

I’m Sharons cousin from Missouri. As kids there were 3 of us cousins all the same age and I lived there at that time. We used to have so much fun when we were together. A couple years ago we connected on FB. I’ll always be glad we did, just wished her a happy birthday not long ago. I am so sorry for all of your loss. May God bless and comfort all of you at this time.

Joy Kiesling 2021-02-20T21:19:18

My heartfelt condolences to Sharon’s family. Sharon and I re-connected at the reunions of 50 years, 65th and 70th birthdays. She was as sweet, friendly and cheerful as I remembered. A remarkable life, an extraordinary woman.

Brad Palmer 2021-02-20T20:22:09

We wish to offer our most sincere condolences to Sharon’s Family. I met Sharon in 1963. We graduated from BHS in 1965. We attended Western illinois University. Thank you Sharon for all that you have done for the BHS Class of 1965. We miss you. Greg & Phyllis Lutyens

Greg Lutyens 2021-02-20T17:59:03

I’m so sorry for your loss! I knew Sharon through her allergist. She’s one of my favorite patients. I’m so thankful to have known her for the last 3 years. She brightened our day whenever she came in. Thinking of you all, and praying for your families.

Andrea 2021-02-20T17:45:31

Sharon, I miss you so much! I know we will meet again. Love you forever, Vivian

Vivian Wartenberg 2021-02-20T16:58:15

Sharon has been my friend since high school. She has held a special place in my heart and I miss her dearly. She has always been a dynamo working more than one job at a time and thriving on her social/work interactions. I last saw her right after Christmas so we could exchange a small gift. We had been texting since then and of course birthday wishes for her.
Such a truly special person. So many have broken hearts with her passing.
Rest in Peace my Friend ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Sharon Keating Borop 2021-02-20T16:46:25

Sharon was a wonderful help to Ida Public Library and our annual programs. She assisted me many times with brochures and planning. She cheerfully and passionately gave her time and I will miss working with her. Deepest sympathies from all of us.

Mindy Long 2021-02-20T14:55:29

My sincere sympathy to Sharon’s family, at this difficult time, keeping you all in my prayers.

Marcia Henneberry 2021-02-20T14:32:56

Sharon and I met when Bruce and I were stationed with the Air Force in Texas, and our relationship and love grew from that time forward. I had the honor of being a groomsman in her and Bruce’s wedding. While stationed in Japan with Bruce, Sharon befriended my future wife, Satsuki, and their friendship immediately grew strong because Sharon was such a loving person. Sharon was Satsuki’s matron of honor in our wedding. She was also our son Christopher’s god mother, and her son Brady’s middle name, Daniel, is my name. To say that there was a strong bond between us is an understatement. Satsuki and I loved her dearly and our hearts are truly broken.

While we can’t travel to the funeral service for various reasons, please know that we will watch on-line from our home in New Jersey if it is streamed. It hurts not to be there in person. We want Brian, Brady, Brett, their wives and their kids to know that there are few people on this earth that we’ve loved as much as we’ve loved Sharon. And that’s not because we’re so special. It’s because she was.

Dan Fischer 2021-02-20T11:18:33

I’m praying for the family. You lost a special person but God is taking care of her now. I knew Sharon from the Keenage Center in Belvidere and thru Immannuel. I wish I got to know her better. She was a sweet and angelic person who will be missed greatly. Enjoy Heaven Sharon.

JOYCE CREIGHTON 2021-02-20T10:28:12

Sharon is a beautiful person, inside and out. She was also a good friend who will be missed by many. Met Sharon years ago through her husband, Bruce. Though we did not get to spend a lot of time socializing with Sharon, we truly enjoyed her presence when we had the opportunity to be together. Our deepest condolences to all of her family for this tragic loss. Jesus truly got a gift when Sharon went home.

Bill & Maureen Villont 2021-02-20T09:07:57


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