Obituaries detail

Jessica Lynn Herman (Beier)
Mar 05,1964---Aug 03,2017

Jessica Lynn Herman (Beier), 53, of KCMO, passed away peacefully at KC Hospice House on Thursday, August 3. Jessica was born March 5, 1964, in Grand Forks, ND. She was the loving daughter of Raymond Leroy Herman, who preceded her in death, and Lola Rae (Tangen) Herman. She is survived by her husband, David Beier, her mother; her loving daughters Mary Thompson and Elizabeth Van Erem (Dustin); grandchildren Ava, Ian and Zoe; sisters Erin Herman, Chrisan Theobald (Joe), and their children Rachel and Zach; brother Jim Herman (SuAnn) and their children Abbie and Christian.


Growing up in Minnesota, Jessie was a natural athlete, participating in multiple school sports including tennis, volleyball and softball. She particularly excelled in gymnastics representing her high school in Sherburn, MN. at the state competition. Her second passion as a youth was animals, and she was active in her 4H Club showing horses at regional fairs. To Jessie, life wasn’t complete without her kitty cats!


Born to teach, Jessica received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Dakota and completed her Masters degree in Education at KU. She was a forerunner in the recent push to get students, particularly girls, interested in a career in Science, teaching high school at St. Teresa’s Academy for 17 years. Under her leadership as Science Chair even Physics was mastered!


Jessie continued to share her love of Science and learning by joining the sales team at CPO Science/ Frey Scientific where her specialty was teaching teachers to use more modernized methods of instruction. She was so good at this that she was National Salesperson of the Year in 2015, four years after having been diagnosed with breast cancer!


However, Jessica’s first priority was always family entertaining with a” Minnesota nice” smile that lit up a room and a creative approach to cooking! Ava always joined in with ‘the baking of the pies for Thanksgiving. This past year, Zoe even joined in with the fun. Christmas was not complete until duets had been played on the piano with her talented Mother and daughters. In all areas of her life she put others first taking the time to make each of her grandchildren their own personal quilt. One of her joys with them was the crafts that were always available…often with a little science involved!


She and David led extremely busy lives, both separately and together. She kept this organized with a constant supply of sticky-note reminders…another use of her organized and brilliant mind!


Jessica spent her last days with family and friends receiving excellent care at the KC Hospice (12000 Wornall Rd.) Her life as a devoted wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend evidenced by the love surrounding her at the end.


A house was not a home without a welcoming candle burning and it made their home a very soothing place to be. Let’s light a candle in memory of our sweet Jessica!


In lieu of flowers, Jessica suggested a donation to Wayside Waifs or Kansas Ciy Hospice House. Love always.



David Aug 05 ,2017

Loving Husband ,Kansas City ,Missouri

I will always love you. You were taken from us too soon.

Todd Naas Aug 05 ,2017

Classmate from high school ,Ashland ,Wisconsin

I'm very sorry to hear about Jessie's passing, but know she's at peace. I have many fond memories of some fun times we shared. You are all in my prayers. God bless.

Patricia Aug 05 ,2017

Babysitter to grandkids ,Op ,Kansas

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.

Laurie Sherman Aug 05 ,2017

Friend ,Truman ,Minnesota

Thoughts & prayers are with you! Keep the memories alive. I have many memories of Jessie growing up in Sherburn. Her abilities as a gymnast were amazing and she was fun to watch perform. Hugs to all her family!

Erica Marino Aug 05 ,2017

Friend of family ,Austin ,Texas

My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jessica. I only met her once or twice but she was very loving, kind, and had a welcoming heart. She had a very beautiful relationship with her daughters and played a huge part in how wonderful they turned out. I love you so much Mary, Liz, and family!

Aimee Schroeder Aug 05 ,2017

Friend/coworker ,Spring Branch ,Texas

What an honor it was to know Jessie. She always had an amazing smile on her face and a very sweet spirit. She was one of those people that always made you feel good and someone you always wanted to be with. She will be so missed. Your family is in my prayers.

Thomas Madayt Aug 06 ,2017

I am so sorry to hear about Jessie's passing. She was a great friend and classmate. I am so glad I was able to get to know her. My heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to all of your families. It is never easy to lose a loved one. Take care. Tom,Beth, Katelyn and Emily Maday

Sue Nagy Aug 06 ,2017

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

I will miss your welcoming smile, friendship, and wisdom. Your kindness will be in my thoughts and you are missed, already. Prayers of comfort are offered to her family.

Pat Gibbons Aug 06 ,2017

colleague and friend ,University City ,Missouri

Taken much too soon, as David has already said, Jessie had so much to give.

Faith and Dick Wilson Aug 06 ,2017

Friends, Teaching Colleague ,Overland ,Kansas

Jessie -- we will miss you badly --superb teacher, colleague, creative workshop mentor --- but above all we will miss your smile, laugh and disposition. Dick teased you unmercifully, but you always knew when to cut him down. Rest in peace Jess, you put up one of the great fights ever against the odds.

Mary Jo Coughlin Aug 06 ,2017

Parent of two Jessie's students ,Kansas City ,Missouri

David and all of Jessie's family, Our love and condolences are with you--Jessie was a bright light at STA when she taught our daughters physics. I hope she would be happy to know one is now a doctor! May her light shine on our in all her friends, family and students. The Coughlin Family

Kenneth Wesson Aug 06 ,2017

Friend and colleague ,San Jose ,California

So sorry to hear of Jessie’s passing. She was always such a delight to see and visit with at the regional and national science conferences. Her bright eyes and big smile will surely be missed by all of us in the future.

Evelyn Lones Aug 07 ,2017

Friend/ Co-worker ,Nashua ,New Hampshire

It was a pleasure and honor to work with Jessie. You always new when she was smiling even if you were talking to her on the phone. She was such an amazing woman. My condolences to her family and friends.

Somer Benton Aug 07 ,2017

Friend of the family ,Kansas City ,Missouri

We are better people because of the love and laughter she spread about. She will live on through that love and with memories she has blessed many with.

Merita Haxhia Aug 07 ,2017

Colleague ,St. Louis ,Missouri

I had a great time working with Jessie for CPO training workshops. She was such a loving a caring person. My thoughts and prayers to her family and friend!

Carrie Launius Aug 07 ,2017

Friend ,St, Louis ,Missouri

I met Jessie many years ago as I was a customer. We would meet for lunch near work or dinner in a city where the conference was being held. At some time Jessie was not just a vendor but became my friend. Even after I retired we would get together every time she was in town. We would have very deep conversations about her illness and we were both sure she would beat it. My heart breaks for her entire family and David. She spoke of her family and loved each of you deeply. I have no words to say except she will be one heck of an Angel watching over you. She lived every day sharing herself and her beautiful spirit. She will be dearly missed my many.

Ellen Aug 07 ,2017

Friend & Colleague ,Keller ,Texas

David, I was so saddened to hear about Jessie's passing. She was an exceptional person and my life is richer in having known her. May God's blessings be on you and your sweet family. Fondly, Ellen

Sally Dudley Aug 07 ,2017

Friend ,Waxahachie ,Texas

Love, prayers and comfort to David and all of Jessie's family. We worked together many years at CPO and I will miss her sweet nature and loving smile.

Lisa ( Roben) Simonson Aug 07 ,2017

High school classmate ,Olathe ,Kansas

I'm so sad to hear of Jessie's passing. I think back to the times in high school with gymnastics & cheerleading. Jessie always had a bright smile & everyone loved her. Many prayers go out to her family as they walk this difficult journey. God bless you Jessie & I'm very glad to have known you. ❤️ Lisa

Bodie Marx Aug 07 ,2017

professional colleague ,Saint Louis ,Missouri

I will always remember Jessie for her true grit and determination in approaching her work and career advancement. She never stepped back from challenges and gave everything that she had to make sure that her customers were treated as she wished to be treated. Over the past few years of challenges that she always viewed as bumps not serious obstacles, Jessie did not miss a beat. Her example of never giving up and always giving her best inspired me and many others. We will all miss this special person but never forget how she inspired us all.

Colleen Aug 07 ,2017

Student ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Ms. Thompson as we knew her then was a brilliant teacher, a very gentle soul, and such fun in the classroom! She used to jump up on a chair in celebration when someone grasped a particularly difficult subject or method. She will be remembered fondly by me and I'm sure all the STA student community.

Don Studer Aug 08 ,2017

Friend ,Ham Lake ,Minnesota

Thoughts and prayers for Jessie and her family. I will always have great memories of the old Sherburn times. She touched so many people's lives and we are all better because we knew her! Words can't say enough...Thank you Jessie.....

Denise Rueschhoff Aug 09 ,2017

Friend ,Leawood ,Kansas

Jessie, you were one of the most positive, radiant personalities I have ever witnessed. You brought a wonderful energy and inspired those around you. May your memory be eternal.

Jessica Aug 09 ,2017

Work Teammate ,ABQ ,New Mexico

Jesse inspired me with her positive attitude and never quit spirit. I'm honored that I had the short opportunity to get to know this beautiful soul and will think of you (Jesse) when I'm pushing my daughters to pursue Science Education. Godspeed and blessings to the family.

Star Rodriguez Aug 09 ,2017

School Specialty Colleague ,Mission ,Texas

I had the pleasure of meeting Jessica last year at our National Sales meeting. How lucky was I. You have my family's deepest condolences and our loving prayers.

Chip Carter Aug 09 ,2017

Co-Worker (School Specialty) ,Georgia

My sincere condolences to Jessie's family. Jessie was the model for courage, strength, and determination against adversity. Her dignity and grace was both inspiring and infectious. I am thankful to have known her, and pray especially for those that knew her best and loved her the most.

Nancy (Johnson) Archer Aug 09 ,2017

Elementary classmate of Emmons, MN ,Kasson ,Minnesota

I have many beautiful memories from our elementary school days in Emmons, MN. I always remember Jessie having so much energy in everything she did in and out of school. She will be missed by many, but she holds a special place in all our hearts.

Vickie Caven Keitjajm Aug 10 ,2017

Class of 1982, friend ,Fairmont ,Minnesota

My heart just breaks for Jessica's Family and extended family I send my prayers and for God's peace to just overflow you all that you have the memories to hang onto I praise God that Jessica's in Heaven where all of us desire to besomeday and those who love the Lord do it's beautiful there I had the privilege of dying in 2011 and got to see my deceased husband Daniel as he came up to me laughing and smiling telling me to go back I had work to do and now I'm in college but I thank and praise God that I got to see him I know that Jessica is with Ray and and with all those who have gone before her but most importantly she is with the Lord and she's very very happy there they don't have any sad memories or know any sad things they get to see weddings and they get to see babies be born they just don't have anything negative or bad so with a heavy heart I asked God to carry you all in his hands and help you to mourn her loss but not to linger in it to celebrate her life everyday God bless you all

Joe Yorio Aug 12 ,2017

Friend ( CEO at School Specialty) ,Mason ,Ohio

To David and family. Please accept Cindy's and My deepest condolences. Jessie was a wonderful lady and outstanding team member. We both enjoyed our time spent with the two of you in Mexico on the CEO trip. Jessie will be missed by many and never forgotten. We will always keep her in our heart and prayers. May she rest in eternal peace. Sincerely, Joe and Cindy Yorio