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

Todd Naas Aug 05 ,2017

Classmate from high school ,Ashland ,Wisconsin

Patricia Aug 05 ,2017

Babysitter to grandkids ,Op ,Kansas

Laurie Sherman Aug 05 ,2017

Friend ,Truman ,Minnesota

Erica Marino Aug 05 ,2017

Friend of family ,Austin ,Texas

Aimee Schroeder Aug 05 ,2017

Friend/coworker ,Spring Branch ,Texas

Thomas Madayt Aug 06 ,2017

Sue Nagy Aug 06 ,2017

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Pat Gibbons Aug 06 ,2017

colleague and friend ,University City ,Missouri

Faith and Dick Wilson Aug 06 ,2017

Friends, Teaching Colleague ,Overland ,Kansas

Mary Jo Coughlin Aug 06 ,2017

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

Kenneth Wesson Aug 06 ,2017

Friend and colleague ,San Jose ,California

Evelyn Lones Aug 07 ,2017

Friend/ Co-worker ,Nashua ,New Hampshire

Somer Benton Aug 07 ,2017

Friend of the family ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Merita Haxhia Aug 07 ,2017

Colleague ,St. Louis ,Missouri

Carrie Launius Aug 07 ,2017

Friend ,St, Louis ,Missouri

Ellen Aug 07 ,2017

Friend & Colleague ,Keller ,Texas

Sally Dudley Aug 07 ,2017

Friend ,Waxahachie ,Texas

Lisa ( Roben) Simonson Aug 07 ,2017

High school classmate ,Olathe ,Kansas

Bodie Marx Aug 07 ,2017

professional colleague ,Saint Louis ,Missouri

Colleen Aug 07 ,2017

Student ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Don Studer Aug 08 ,2017

Friend ,Ham Lake ,Minnesota

Denise Rueschhoff Aug 09 ,2017

Friend ,Leawood ,Kansas

Jessica Aug 09 ,2017

Work Teammate ,ABQ ,New Mexico

Star Rodriguez Aug 09 ,2017

School Specialty Colleague ,Mission ,Texas

Chip Carter Aug 09 ,2017

Co-Worker (School Specialty) ,Georgia

Nancy (Johnson) Archer Aug 09 ,2017

Elementary classmate of Emmons, MN ,Kasson ,Minnesota

Vickie Caven Keitjajm Aug 10 ,2017

Class of 1982, friend ,Fairmont ,Minnesota

Joe Yorio Aug 12 ,2017

Friend ( CEO at School Specialty) ,Mason ,Ohio