Sherry Lynn Beisgen

April 21, 1947 - January 28, 2008

04/21/1947 - 01/28/2008

Past Services

Thursday January 31, 2008
7:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions

Virginia Beach

Sherry Lynn Susi Beisgen, 60, a lifelong resident of Va. Beach, passed away Jan 28, 2008 in her home, surrounded by friends and family.

She was pre-deceased by her father, Robert T. Beisgen, Sr.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her mother, Anne Beisgen, her loving children, Ted Bautista & his wife Heather, Noel Fitchett & husband Scott, two grandchildren, Andrew & Kyle; two brothers, Ray Beisgen & wife Tracy, & Robert Beisgen, Jr, beloved friends Pat Mitchell & Peggy Devereux and many close friends.

Susi will be remembered by a smile that lit up a room when she entered, she was always the life of the party, living life to the fullest, loving the beach, and hanging out with the 58th Street gang. She loved working at the City of Virginia Beach and retired from the City Clerks Office. She served as a member of the Coast Guard auxiliary group, and was a member of the Womens Sertoma by the Bay. She was a valued member of the Red Hat Club. She was always a dedicated friend, mother & daughter.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Susan G. Komen. Breast Cancer Society.

A Memorial Service will be held, Thursday, Jan 31, at 7:00 p.m. in Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road, Va. Beach, Va..

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Brenda Brittingham
8 years ago

Being Susie officemate could me quite a challenge for me at times. It was once I realized that in some ways we were quite a like âÄì we both could be both stubborn and not want to give an inch. That I relaxed and our friendship formed and grew.

She saved me from my Agenda mistakes, and I would do what work I could on her desk on treatment days. We shared a love of reading, our Mothers, and our jobs.

I admired her strength and stubbornness of not giving in to the sickness of her treatments.

IâÄôve missed her from the time I relocated to back to New Jersey and regret not staying in touch with her more. As always I will think of her often, fondly but not sadly âÄì because that just wasnâÄôt Susie. Always off going somewhere whether is was Coast Guarding for the weekend or to the Beach in S.C. or on a cruise, Susie always had fun with what she did.

Thoughts and prayers with all of Susie’s family.

I found this poem that made me think of Susie.

I Did Not Die

Do not stand at my grave and forever weep.

I am not there; I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.

I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain.

I am the gentle autumnâÄôs rain.

When you awaken in the morningâÄôs hush

I am the swift uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and forever cry.

I am not there. I did not die.

Mary Fry

Darcy Potter
8 years ago

Dear Family,

Susi was an employee of mine at the Pavilion Convention Center and the Va. Beach Amphitheater. She was an usher/ticket taker and always greeted our guests with a smile and provided any informaion they needed. She was loved by all that worked with her in the Convention Center as well as the theater. She was a great asset to the City of Va. Beach, and we were blessed to have her as part of our team.

Love and prayers,

Darcy Potter

VBCC Events Coordinator

Mabel Washington, CMC
8 years ago

Dear Ms. Beisgen:

I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of your daughter, Susi. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you cope with her loss and your feelings of grief.

I met Susi many years ago and was captivated by her infectious laughter, her friendly overture and her genuine candor. She was a true inspiration to all that knew and loved her.

Her passion for her work was truly remarkable. She was a dedicated, committed and hard worker to the end. Not only has the City of Virginia Beach lost a gem, we have lost a friend. Susi may have been a Virginia Beach employee, but she was also a fine and upstanding member of the Virginia Municipal Clerks Association.

The “Clerks” worked side-by-side with Susi in our quest to receive our certification. We always knew how Susi felt about a certain subject, and I, for one, respected her for that.

There will be a void felt in every workshop, and a silence heard by many in every meeting.

Recalling the many conversations that she and I shared, and knowing of her strong faith, there is no doubt in my mind that she is fine. And now, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope.”

With deepest sympathy,

Mabel V. Washington, CMC

City Clerk, City of Newport News


First Vice President, Virginia Municipal Clerks Association

Faith C.
8 years ago

Dearest Noel,

I don’t know how to tell you how very sorry I am that your Mom had to go. I’ve been where you are and know the feelings you are experiencing. Please know you are in my prayers and thoughts and if I can do anything for you just call.

Remember the good times with her – 58th Street, the Neptune Festival and ECSC. She was a beautiful woman who could do and did do anything she put her mind to. You have that spirit in you. Know that she will always be with you.

Lisa Buchanan
8 years ago

I am so blessed to have known Susi through Sertoma by the Bay. Yep, the life of the party and always ready with a smile.

God Bless to the family as I truly feel your pain. What is helping me is to relive the happy times and fabulous memories and knowing that I am a better person for knowing her.

Peace be with you, Lisa b

Janis Daudt
8 years ago

I am very sorry to hear of SusiâÄôs passing. She has been a Member of IIMC since October 7, 1999. She has been a Committee Member on IIMCâÄôs Membership Committee for five years throughout her years with IIMC.

She will be missed by IIMC!

Janis Daudt

Director of Member Services

International Institute of Municipal Clerks

Ray Beisgen
8 years ago

I called her “Little Iodine” pronounced “ideen”. I called her Susie Q. She called me much worse. When we were kids I loved to pull her hair. I blamed her for knocking over a large fish aquarium our mother treasured. She hit a guy over the head with her purse once at the beach one evening because he and I were fighting. I never saw her beauty on the outside until I recently browsed thru her picture albums. She could have been a model. She had the greatest smile of anyone I have ever seen. Her smile was real, no faking, very real. No one was more photogenic than Susie. No one could have been a better sister or a better friend. I knew and did see the beauty inside. There wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for you if you were in need. She was always glad to see me when I visited, always had a good joke, usually one that couldn’t be told in public. She had a memory and mind like a steel trap, even during the last two weeks of her life. She remembered movies I couldn’t recall, actors, events and of course she never forgot how I used to pull her hair and somehow knocked over that aquarium. Sometime within the last two weeks she contradicted me on some particular point, I can’t remember which one, and I would have bet my house that she was wrong. I didn’t argue of course but when I thought about it later, my memory finally came back and I realized she was right. She did that all the time. She could remember events that happened when we were teenagers that I just couldn’t. Even as teens we had a great time, Susie and two of her closest friends. Those friends know who I’m talking about. I suppose I didn’t know her as well as I thought I did. If I did, I would have had much more fun during my lifetime hanging with her. I’m sure that when Susie entered Heavens gates, her smile made Heaven a little brighter and if the angels party, she is the life. Susie, I love you as much as a brother can and I have faith that you know that. You’ll be sorely missed.

joan moyer denson
8 years ago

I met sherry in 1959,in Ingleside,when we were both 12 or 13.we were in the elementry school at the same time.she was my best friend for 2 yrs.

This past christmas I thought about her,because in 1959 i saw the christmas tree in her house with angel hair all spun around it.I had never seen that before.

We had fun,talking about,riding bikes,dance classes and all.She had 2 older brothers and so did I.We lost touch,but my memories are still there,forever.

Beverly O. Hooks
8 years ago

I miss Susi so very much. She was a valiant and strong lady. She loved life to its very fullest. Susi was an inspiration to all.

Love you, Bev

Mina Barberis
8 years ago

I only knew Susi for three years, which is not nearly long enough. I could see the first day I met her that she was extremely bright, an independent thinker, enthusiastic, and dedicated to her career, the City of Virginia Beach, and her family.

She has deeply touched everyone at the office, and her level of commitment to public service and the City Council is admirable and a goal for which my colleagues and I aspire. She was a well-loved member of the Virginia Municipal Clerks Association and served as a key member of the Membership Committee for the International Institute of Municipal Clerks for many years. It was a privilege to work with such an outstanding person.

Susi taught me so much both professionally and personally. Her all-out war against cancer has been inspirational and heart wrenching. Although I only had brief glimpse of her beauty and energy, I am a better person because she walked into my life. I pray that SusiâÄôs memory will be eternal in the hearts of those who knew and loved her, including me.

Heather Bautista
8 years ago

I was hoping to say this at the service yesterday, but my nerves got the better of me and I regret that I chickened out… I wanted to express how thankful I am. Susi always treated me as if I was one of her own. Those of you who know Ted and I know that we dated a LONG time before getting married. Susi used to get a little impatient. Every time Ted and I would visit, her and Nana would pull me to the side and say “Now honey, you know in these times you don’t have to wait for Teddi…you just ask him” They were always rooting for me. They said that little speech to me for years. Finally, about ten years later, wedding plans were in the works. I came over to visit Susi and Nana and tell them the great news. They were so excited – they both grabbed me on either side and started hugging me and jumping up and down – this lasted for about a good five to ten minutes. Susi and Nana know how to make somebody feel special. It was wonderful moments like these that make realize that not only was I lucky to be marrying Susi’s amazing son, but that I was truly blessed to be marrying into such a wonderful, loving and gracious family. Susi – thank you so much for your undeniable kindness and generosity. You will be so deeply missed. Love, Heather

Bob Beisgen
8 years ago

I wish that reincarnation were a reality because I would like to come back with an attitude toward life exactly like my sister’s. She was the incarnation of someone who got every bit out of life that one could. I might have been a few years older than Susi, but she lived several lifetimes to my one. Every word, every action bespoke a life truly lived – and through her joie de vivre she allowed all of us to share in that joy.

Sharon Cassler
8 years ago

IâÄôve had the privilege of working with Susi on the IIMC Membership Committee for two years and appreciated all of her efforts on our committee. She will be missed by all of us.

Sharon K. Cassler, MMC

Clerk of Council

Sarah Deal Jenkins
8 years ago

It was my privilege to have spent the last few years getting to know Susi. She knew my dad, who passed away a few years ago at the young age of 59. Unbeknownst to me, Susi lived within one block of my dad and me and we shared the same block of the beach. Susi worked with my aunt when she was in her twenties. It just serves as a reminder of how small the world really is and how lucky I am to have known Susi.

William K. Pettway & Family
8 years ago

Many of our most cherished memories of Susi were during family gatherings. As her only surviving uncle, she made time spent more pleasant and enjoyable. Her smile, witty sense of humor, festive outlook, and congenial demeanor was the highlight of many visits, Christmas parties, and numerous family occasions.

A lifelong beach enthusiast, dedicated mother, and caring daughter, she was dearly loved by those with whom she encountered throughout her life. Susi was a friend to many; however, she was also a blessing to those in need.

She will be remembered by her loved ones as a shining light who enjoyed life, cared for others, and was dedicated to her family and to Virginia Beach. Her life was a gift from God and her attributes of grace, joy, and conviviality serve as a lasting memory to us all.

Chris Shalby
8 years ago

On behalf of IIMC staff, please accept our sincerest condolences on SusieâÄôs passing.

Chris Shalby

Executive Director

International Institute of Municipal Clerks

Gina Gechter
8 years ago

On behalf of the Smigiel and Gechter families, please accept our deepest sympathies on Susie’s passing. Our memories of our life on 58th Street always include Susie and her zest for life. After we moved, her smiling face was always a welcome site at the Gechter Christmas parties. Again, our condolences. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Gina and Rick Gechter

Stan Smigiel

Donna & Robbie Claud
8 years ago

Please know all of you are in our thoughts and prayers…we’ve all had so many good times together through the years,and have alot of good memories…she was such a good person and touched many people in a special way.We will all miss her….

Pam Setliff
8 years ago

She was Lynn in school. She was the one with the biggest smile and the craziest ideas. I was one of the girls that made up the 4 Musketeers…but over time we have grown apart. You know just Christmas cards w/short notes. I didn’t get one this year….guess I know why now. But my heart is full of precious memories…she was the only one who would run away with me when I got mad at my folks. We left with $5 and 3/4 tank of gas. We only made it to Shore Dr and we came home the next day but Lynn was right there!!! I remember the limo ride to the Peppermint Club with an unknown band..we thought we were hot stuff. Long days at PA and really short days when we skipped to go shopping. But the four of us were always there for each other. I will always have her in my heart and just wish I’d known so I could have helped her with her journey. She is in God’s hands now and He will have to try to keep up with her.

My thoughts and prayers are with her Mom, her childen and grandchildren and brothers.

I’m sure you know we all loved her very much.

Ed Weeden
8 years ago

She’s in a better place now. It was always a pleasure to see her smiling face.

Chick & Pam Ford
8 years ago

Sushi –

We remember …

The day we met you.

Your endless jokes.

When you moved to 58th St.

Your “Norfolk Nehi’s” on the beach.

Your fabulous bikini body, tan and diamonds!

Dressing up in costume for Halloween.

Noel being our designated driver “Leon” Noel spelled backwards.

How proud you were of Noel,Ted,Drew and Kyle.

Your love of traveling with your Mom and your numerous pets.

We promise we will always remember – You, Us, Our Friendship.

Love, Chick & Pam

Pat & Peggy
8 years ago

Susi Peg & I have been friends since we wre 11 years old. We have wonderful memories of Aragona Rec. Center, pree-teen & teen dances, High School & most especially the Peppermint Beach Club. The cruise to Bermuda was our latest get-together. WE laid in the sun,drank our brewskis, relived our past & decided we wouldn’t have changed anything . We didn’t know how we did it but we had the best Children & family anyone could ever have. We knew we were “kindred spirits” & truly sisters. Susi lived her life to the fullest & always had a great time. Her smile lit up the room , She will be with us always & we are better because she was our friend

Doug Smith
8 years ago

Suzie Lynn- what a fun girl. I will miss her. She was a true beach bunny and a good friend to me. I will remember her and the great times we had always.

Very respectfully and with great sadness,

Pam Gilbert
8 years ago

Those wonderful summer day memories at 58th St. will always include Susi – without her they are not the same. One of my best birthday presents was a surprise visit by Susi – just to go to a mexican resturant! I will miss her laughter – her smile still shines in the faces of her children and her grandsons.