Jessica (Jess) was born in 1969 and graduated in 1990 (her favorite saying). Her love for family, friends, and life was extraordinary. She was born with Down's Syndrome and lived life fully as our special daughter, sister, and friend. She had a wonderful sense of humor, a smile a mile long, and a special bond and love for anyone privileged to be close to her. Those around her cared for her, protected her, and loved her unconditionally. Her young life was inseparable from mom and dad, enjoying camp life at Honnedaga, skiing, swimming, traveling, listening to music, and on very rare occasions, playing the piano (hah), and her many routines (bottles, leash's, fly swatters, etc. - she knows what we mean and is laughing!). Jess loved her sports in Special Olympics and was a champion bowler, swimmer, softball thrower, track and field runner, and later, Bocce player. (All Special Olympics athletes are champions BTW, but Jessica particularly like going for the Gold!)
Jess particularly liked movies and classic rock music. Among her favorites were Moonstruck, The Goonies, Back to the Future, and really any 1980-1990's classic rock like Billy Joel. She really enjoyed sound tracks from movies and when music played at the end, the house rocked with the music turned up high and dancing to the very last note (it's interesting that dad would yell at the boys for playing music past 1 on the volume dial, yet Jessica was allowed any volume, any time!! - Yes, Jessica was a tad spoiled!). Her favorite music (beyond Love Shack) would become her theme band; Bon Jovi (Living on a Prayer and "Cowboy".) Just ask Jim B. if you don't believe us!
Jess had many, many special friends & families in her life including the Curthoys', the Nesel's and the Bathrick's, but also, Nancy ("my tutor"), Margaret ("my social worker"), Julie & Scott (not to be separated), and her best Ohio buddy, Kate. Her Special Olympics friends are too many to mention but she loved you all. She also had a very nice "Irish Boy" as her sweetheart for many years; John Boland, who she adored his pictures and dancing with.
Jess lost her long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease today but she came to us a gift from God and we're sending her back as an angel. She is together with Dad and her new job is to look after the rest of us. Jessica is predeceased in death by her father on the same day, Dr. William H. Jameison, her maternal grandparents, Joe & Rosalie Vinci, and paternal grandparents, Gerald & Frances Jameison. She is survived by her mother, Marie, siblings; Gerald (Shari), Robert (Kris) and Bill (Alexandria), and nephews; Alex, Nicholas, and Andrew.
Friends may call at the Dapson Chestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck, on Tuesday, March 7, from 11 am to 12 pm. Funeral service will follow at 12 pm. Private interment will be held at the Rhinebeck Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider volunteering your time or a donation in Jessica's name to Knox County Ohio Special Olympics, 3683 Morgan Center Road, Utica OH 43080.
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