Jessica L. "Jessie" Drey

August 8, 2008

Jessica L. Drey, 39, of Lancaster, died peacefully Friday morning at her home after a nine-month struggle with brain cancer.

Born in Pottsville, she is survived by her partner, Timothy J. Roschel, Lancaster; her mother, Kay and her husband, Pete Moyer, Schuylkill Haven; a sister, Tricia and her husband, Tony Kelly, Schuylkill Haven; a stepbrother, Bruce Moyer, New Philadelphia; maternal grandparents, Arlan and Patricia Sunday, Auburn; two nieces, Kayla and Raysa; and a nephew, Axton, all of Schuylkill Haven.

Jessie came to Lancaster to become a nurse, training at LGH and receiving her bachelor's degree in nursing from Millersville University. For the last 12 years, Jessie was privileged to serve her patients and their families as an RN for Hospice of Lancaster County. In a bittersweet turn, Jessie benefited from the very Hospice services she so deeply espoused.

She loved to travel, to cook, and especially enjoyed the time she spent with her nieces and nephew, the true joys of her life. Some of her favorite places included Stone Harbor and New York City. She would like her family and friends to remember her as a caring and fun-loving person. In fact, she would be honored if her many friends would toast her memory with a cold, refreshing mojito.

Jessie also served as a Democratic committee person, dedicating many hours volunteering her time and enthusiasm. Shortly before her diagnosis, she was appointed to the Lancaster City Human Relations Commission.

Relatives and friends are invited to a Life Celebration Memorial Service at 5:30 p.m. Thursday from Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home Inc., 25 E. Main St., Schuylkill Haven. Friends may gather at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in Jessie's name to The Carter Center, 453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307 or Hospice of Lancaster County, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Published by Republican & Herald on Aug. 11, 2008.
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I haven't seen Jess for many years, but one of the things I will never forget about her was her smile. No matter how you were feeling, once you saw it, it made your day that much brighter. My heart goes out to her family and those that were close to her and please take solace in the fact that the world is a better place because of the difference she made in alot of lives. She truly will be missed.
Kerry Kerschner
August 16, 2008
Kay and Tricia,
I am truly sorry for Jessie's passing. She is in a better place now and will be at peace. She will look over her family and make them safe. Remember the good times and bury the bad. I hope the best for your families. With love Jeff Maley.
Jeff Maley
August 15, 2008
My deepest sympathy to Jessie's family. She was a wonderful ,caring person. I will always remember her great smile and the great times we had as cheerleaders. She will truly be missed.
Julie (Lenhart) Mikos
August 14, 2008
Kay & Family,
My sincere condolences go out to you at this time. I can't imagine what a tragic time you all are going through right now. I'm sure all of you will have wonderful fond memories of Jessie in some way that won't ever be forgotten. At this time as you all grieve your sorrow each day from here on in pray that God will give you all the strength to help you at this difficult time in your life. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
Roxanne Hoffman
August 14, 2008
I am deeply saddened to learn that Jessie has passed. I remember her attacking whatever she had to do with great passion. It's no surprise to me that she enjoyed so much success in her short life. She also had a great dedication and devotion to her family and friends. She may have been small but she truly was mighty. I'm certain she was very important to many and valued by many.

My sincere sympathy to all who are mourning Jessie's loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Sally Bair
August 14, 2008
Jessie was a very kind and caring person. She gave so much to so many and was taken too soon. I feel so fortunate to have had her for a friend. Jessie meant alot to me and I will miss her very much. All of your family will be in my prayers.
Gaylene Ebling
August 13, 2008
Kay and Family,
I was so sorry to hear of your loss,you are in my thoughts and prayers.I have not seen Jessie since we graduated, but we had a nice conversation on the phone while planning the last reunion.I have great memories of our midget cheerleading days and our trip to Italy, I will hold them close to me.Rest in Peace Jessie.
Beverly (Walters) Cook
August 13, 2008
The loss of someone so close is difficult to bear. We share your grief.
August 12, 2008
Kay and Family,

I am so sorry about Jessie passing. I had lost touch with her a couple of years after graduation, which I now regret. I will always remember the good times that we had together. She was a great person and I thought about her quite often. She will be missed.
Tina Yesenosky Shaner
August 12, 2008
Kay and family,
I can't begin to find the words to tell you how sorry we are for your loss. I will never forget how whenever you speak of Jess your love and admiration come shining through. She is a daughter to be proud of. Cherish your memories and know we are thinking of you and praying for you.
Barb & Ross Schuler
August 12, 2008
Kay and Trisha,
I am so sorry for your loss. Although, I have not seen Jessie since our graduation from high school, I have nothing but great memories of her. She was always a fighter through school, so I am sure she fought all the way to the end. I am sadden to see someone with so much life and compassion leave so soon. My prayers and thoughts are with you during this time.
Kathy Towne (Russell)
August 12, 2008
Kay, Pete, Tim and Family,
I know you have had a long hard nine months and nothing will be the same again but know that Jessie did things her way. She knew what was coming and tried to make things easy for everyone. She was such a caring person and made friends wherever she went. She is in a good place now and will watch over everyone again. We will keep everyone in our prayers. We will have that drink in your memory just like at the Dover Race.
All our love,
June & Ed Satterwhite
August 12, 2008
Dear Kay, Tricia and family,

Though Jessie and I went our separate ways after high school, I was shocked and saddened to hear of her passing. I have alot of great memories of us all through high school. She was a good friend. We lost Michelle too soon and now our class has lost another before her time. May your memories give you comfort. Rest in peace Jessie. Respectfully, Jill Oakley Svenson
Jill Svenson
August 11, 2008
Kay and Trisha,
I wanted to let you both know how much Jessie meant to me! She was an amazing friend, compassionate nurse and wonderful person! I loved her smile and her laugh! I miss her already! I was blessed having her a part of my life!
Stacy Zemencik
Stacy Zemencik
August 11, 2008
My deepest Sympathy goes out to Jessie's Family & everyone who knew & loved her. I had the privilege of knowing Jessie for the past 24 years. Jessie & I were Friends, Cheerleaders & we grew up in the same neighborhood. I will certainly cherish all the fond memories I have of the time we spent together. She will be missed.
Missy (Miller) Steigerwalt
August 11, 2008
I had the honor of attending nursing school with Jessie. She was an incredibly vibrant girl. I remember her as a true spitfire! My heart broke a bit more today, knowing another healing heart and hand has left our world to be with the great healer. I am so sorry to all her family and dear friends for the loss you are grieving. She finished what she was sent here to do. May we all be as brave and honorable in this life that we may some day see her again in the next. God bless you all and may he ease your sorrow.
Julianne (Heim) Reiner
August 11, 2008
Jessie, we hope that all your family and friends heartache and pain might be lessened a little by the knowledge that there are so many of us sharing the loss. Your beautiful eyes, your smile and great laugh were a joy to behold. We were all privileged to witness the way your presence lit up a room. In your life you were giving, in your struggle you were courageous. Even in your passing, through your message to Gran, you comforted us all by letting us know you’re OK. Your caring nature, compassion and sense of justice and fair play will be missed by us all. We know you loved to model your new attire and it is heartwarming to envision this new angel modeling her new wings with that great big smile.
Aunt Deb and Uncle Mike
August 11, 2008
Kay & family,

I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of Jessie. You have my deepest condolences. She was my friend all through high school. I wish I would have gotten to see her more often over the years. My heart goes out to your family at this time.

Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love,
the things you are, the things you never want to lose.
Jas Dehl
August 11, 2008
Kay, Tricia and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Jessie's passing. While it hurts the loved ones that are left behind to grieve for her, she is at peace now. I hope that you find comfort in the many memories that you share but also in knowing that she fought a hard battle and her suffering is finally over. Her pain is gone. She will watch over you and you will all see her again someday.
My deepest sympathies are with you all now,
Heather Pugh
August 11, 2008
Kay and Family,

I am just so saddened and shocked to hear about jessie. I am very sorry about your loss. I have so many great memories of Jessie and I will never forget her. We all lost a wonderful woman who was a great daughter, companion, granddaughter,sister,niece,aunt,and friend. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all and I will always be here for you.
Rick Vaccaro
August 11, 2008
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2008

Jim & Kathy Peifley
August 11, 2008
Kay and Pete,we are so sorry to hear about Jessie.You are in our prayers and in our thoughts.Hold on to your memories,ask God for strength to see you through this,and eventually everything will be ok.It will never be the same,but it will get better.
Mike & Lucky Romberger
August 11, 2008
Raysa said it well... I love you to the moon and back! I am so proud of your brave fight. I love and miss you so much. Sleep sweet Jessie!
Amy Kokitus
August 11, 2008
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