Shwuyi Leu, 59, died on July 23, 2021 at her home in Oak Park, following a brief illness. She was born in Taipei, Taiwan on Feb. 4, 1962, the second daughter of the late Mau-Chi Leu and Mei-Yu Lee Leu, of Taiwan. 

After graduating from Tamkang University in 1980 with a degree in English language and literature, she worked for several years in the business sector in Taiwan. She then came to the United States to study and subsequently received her M.A., M.Ed., and Ph.D. degrees in Education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She had a lifelong interest in reading and her curiosity about things unfamiliar brought her from East to West and sustained her ongoing learning in many areas. In addition to her academic pursuits she had a deep interest in botany and was an avid gardener. She adored Shakespeare.

She taught reading and literacy development at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Department of Education at Saint Xavier University and later at North Central College. She was a respected teacher for many enthusiastic students to whom she taught the Chinese language, the English language, and reading.

Dr. Leu is survived by her husband, Ralph R. Kazer; three sisters; one brother; and her three stepchildren, Auben, Lena, and Max, and by two step-grandchildren, James and Lily.

Donations in her honor can be made to the Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Foundation at Northwestern.

Funeral services will be held privately.

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