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“We want to let you know we are thinking of you and your family! Words cannot express how sorry we are for your loss! You are in our thoughts and...Read More »
1 of 100+ | Posted by: Rich, Sue and James Morris - Galt, IL

“I did not know Jess personally, I did watch a community of people rally around such a inspiring girl and it made my heart very happy! It was my...Read More »
2 of 100+ | Posted by: Renee Tabor - Sterling, IL

“It was amazing to be able to be a part of Jessica's life. She was my role model and inspiration. I loved babysitting for Dominique and Khloe because...Read More »
3 of 100+ | Posted by: Linsey Brown - Rock Falls, IL

“I think of your families daily, I pray for you all. I hope that you all find comfort in the wonderful memories of Jess to get your thru the tough...Read More »
4 of 100+ | Posted by: Chris and Julie Brady - Roscoe, IL

“Sherry and Jim,Jessica was a beautiful, amazing young woman. Her story is so inspirational it made it all the way over here to our local Omaha news....Read More »
5 of 100+ | Posted by: Kenjala & Will Johnson - Omaha, NE

“My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I remember Jess as such a happy, sweet girl who was kind and wonderful to everyone. She touched the...Read More »
6 of 100+ | Posted by: Pam Hagan - Tampico, IL

“Jamie I have been thinking of you and your family at this most difficult time. Your sister is a very beautiful person inside & out and loved by many....Read More »
7 of 100+ | Posted by: Denise Sawickis - Kewanee, IL

“You touched so many people's lives. You are an absolutely amazing and beautiful person. You will forever be in the every day thoughts of so many...Read More »
8 of 100+ | Posted by: Kimberly Butzen - Sterling, IL

“Always in my prayers ”
9 of 100+ | Posted by: Kathryn Joanne Smith - Texas City, TX

“Such a great loss! ”
10 of 100+ | Posted by: Tim, Lisa, Kyle & Emily Tegeler

“You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Jessica was a wonderful person and could make anyone smile. She will be greatly missed,but never forgotten....Read More »
11 of 100+ | Posted by: Sabrina Sonneneberg - IL - Friend

“I saw a clip on the news about Jessica's passing and the wonderful outpouring of the community to all of you. She must have been a special person to...Read More »
12 of 100+ | Posted by: Jean Combites - Orion, IL

“I have been following your story for 3 years. You have an amazing family that were beside you, behind you, and right there with you. You in the...Read More »
13 of 100+ | Posted by: AmyKimmel - Rock Falls, IL

“I met Jess while working at the Sterling Rock Falls Child Care. We worked plenty of Saturdays together! I will never forget the times that she would...Read More »
14 of 100+ | Posted by: Tiffany Mussche - PRINCETON, IL

“Jesse's spirit will never leave you! If I had one wish, I would wish this all to go away. While miles have seperated us over the years your family...Read More »
15 of 100+ | Posted by: Karla Irwin Sullivan - Birmingham, AL

“Prayers to the family ”
16 of 100+ | Posted by: Chris hanna - Sterling, IL

“I didn't know Jess personally. I went to high school with Jim & Sherry. I am so sorry for your loss. May our heavenly Father carry all of you through...Read More »
17 of 100+ | Posted by: Veronica Raymond - Rock Falls, IL

“Our deepest sympathies go out to the Coleman and Strader families!! Jessica's strength, determination, courage, and fight have been an inspiration to...Read More »
18 of 100+ | Posted by: Nathan & Angie Stralow and Family - IL

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family, God Bless Team Jess ”
19 of 100+ | Posted by: Lewis & Tina Bradley

“I will never forgot the laughs we shared at sauk together. I have never met anyone in my life who smiled as much as you did. You truly are a...Read More »
20 of 100+ | Posted by: Anisha Criss - chicago, IL

“So very sorry for your loss of a wonderful mother and teacher she will be missed and my prayers are with your family. ”
21 of 100+ | Posted by: Chris stanton

“Jim & Sherry, Thinking of your family at this difficult time, no words can soothe your pain away, you have my deepest sympathy. Sending prayers your...Read More »
22 of 100+ | Posted by: Randy Nehrkorn - Charlotte, NC

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die It hurt to even think of the pain you are going so sorry Jessica was taken from you. We...Read More »
23 of 100+ | Posted by: Rick & Genie Underhile - Tampico, IL

“Im really sorry for ur loose..i didnt know her..i found out from the news..she was a very pretty girl who got her life cut short by More »
24 of 100+ | Posted by: Jimmy booth - Rock falls, IL

“R.I.P Jess!! You will always be loved my your family and Friends!! ”
25 of 100+ | Posted by: Jasmynne

“jess was always a wonderful person to talk to , be around with, or just watch, her smile would just melt your heart. she was a wonderful teacher to...Read More »
26 of 100+ | Posted by: jamie - sterling, IL - friend

“Thinking of your family at this difficult time, no words can soothe your pain away, you have our deepest sympathy. Sending prayers your way for all...Read More »
27 of 100+ | Posted by: Jerry & Wilma McPherson - IL

“I didn't have the privilege of knowing Jess personally but have heard about and followed her struggle and witnessed her beautiful spirit thru a...Read More »
28 of 100+ | Posted by: Whitni Hey - Dixon, IL

“I did not know Jess personally but have followed her story and have prayed for her and her family during this journey ~ I call it a journey because...Read More »
29 of 100+ | Posted by: Cathy Roux - Dixon, IL

“RIP Jess ”
30 of 100+ | Posted by: Alexandria - IA

“I had the great privilege of working with Jess at the daycare and it was because of Jess that I went back to school. She always had a smile and a...Read More »
31 of 100+ | Posted by: Heather Waninger - Rock Falls, IL

“Deepest sympathys to your family. Although I did not know Jessica personally, through my work as the elementary principal in Morrison, I heard many...Read More »
32 of 100+ | Posted by: Joe Robbins

“I met Jess about ten years ago, while we were both attending Sauk. One day I had to bring in my then two year old daughter, Jess fell in love with...Read More »
33 of 100+ | Posted by: Crystal Latigo - Sterling, IL

“I never had the privilege of meeting Jess. I only knew about her because of my daughter, Heather W., who spoke so highly of her. I was able to be...Read More »
34 of 100+ | Posted by: Debbie Kuehl - Sterling, IL

“My thoughts and prayers go out ot all of Jess's friends and family at this difficult time. She has been so brave and she fought so hard and always...Read More »
35 of 100+ | Posted by: Julie - Rock Falls, IL

“Jared and will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Jess has been such an inspiration to everyone. May God Bless each and...Read More »
36 of 100+ | Posted by: Kathy L Jones - Dixon, IL

“Our deepest sympathies to the Strader and Coleman families! Jess was a beautiful soul with an infectious smile! May the comfort of God help you...Read More »
37 of 100+ | Posted by: Shari Pruett - Waverly, IA

“Sincerest sympathy to the family. Jess was a beautiul girl who has been an inspiration to everyone. I hope the family finds comfort knwing how many...Read More »
38 of 100+ | Posted by: Jill Ringenberg

“I did not know Jessica, but have been following her story and what a beautiful amazing woman she was, My heart goes out to her husband and children...Read More »
39 of 100+ | Posted by: Pam Yingling - Milledgeville, IL

“I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't know Jessica, but i met her daughter, Khloe, & her grandparents while working at the library one Wednesday...Read More »
40 of 100+ | Posted by: Darlene Eckland - Morrison, IL

“I remember Jessica's infectious smile, her love for the children she worked with and her incredible fighting spirit. She will be sorely missed by...Read More »
41 of 100+ | Posted by: Debi Kerns - Sterling, IL

“I didn't know Jess but I went to school with her. She was always smiling and such a pretty girl! My prayers and love go out to all of her family and...Read More »
42 of 100+ | Posted by: Erica - New site, MS

“John 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Comforter to help you and be with you forever. We are truly sorry for your loss....Read More »
43 of 100+ | Posted by: Julie Arreola - Sterling, IL

“Jess had such a contagious smile, big heart and a passion for life that will live on forever. Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Jess is a...Read More »
44 of 100+ | Posted by: Dana Taylor & Michele Richmond

“We're so sorry to hear about Jessica passing. I cried for all she left behind. She was a angel to all that met her. And now she's a angel in...Read More »
45 of 100+ | Posted by: Kathy and Dale Jones - TX

“Jim and Sherry, Our hearts just broke when we read about your daughter's passing. We only remember her as a young girl. Our thoughts and prayers...Read More »
46 of 100+ | Posted by: Madelyn and Lee Heintzelman - IL

“So sorry to hear about Jessica's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with Jared, the children, and the entire family. I didn't know her well, but...Read More »
47 of 100+ | Posted by: Erin Ruhnow - Moline, IL

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
48 of 100+ | Posted by: Bruce and Lisa Zaagman

“Forever in the hearts that loved her... Jess will never be forgotten... Rest in Peace Jessica... ”
49 of 100+ | Posted by: Jennifer & Meghan Morales - IL

“Jess, you are so beautiful and strong. The greatest inspiration. My heart and prayers go to your family and little ones. You suffering is now over...Read More »
50 of 100+ | Posted by: Lindsey Young Dothard - IL

“I did not know Jess, but I knew of her struggle and admired her fighting spirit and her passion for her family, career, and life. The prayer chain...Read More »
51 of 100+ | Posted by: Trish Joyce - Sterling, IL

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this difficult time. ”
52 of 100+ | Posted by: Kyle & Angela Rowland - Manlius, IL

“Prayers for you and your family, although I am not sure if I ever met Jesse or not I have always known of her fight against this from my daughter...Read More »
53 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna Willhite - Sterling, IL

“my heart goes out to her family and friends in this trying jessica and i didnt know her personally but heard her story amongest the...Read More »
54 of 100+ | Posted by: Mary Lilly-Koester - dixon, IL

“God bless you all in your time of grief. she was my grandson teacher. he loved her and thought she was "very pretty". he is a very emotional little...Read More »
55 of 100+ | Posted by: susan - rock falls, IL

“Thoughts & Prayers & condolences are with Jared & also with their children & Jessica's family & friends. Lord Bless & Comfort her loved ones in their...Read More »
56 of 100+ | Posted by: Mike & Lisa Sparapani - IL

“thoughts and prayers to the family. ”
57 of 100+ | Posted by: polhill family - sterling, IL

“My thoughts and prayers are with all Jess's family. May you have some peace with the memory of her smile! Sending love at a difficult time. So sorry. ”
58 of 100+ | Posted by: Jane Casanova - Moline, IL

“Our thoughts are with the whole family during this difficult time. ”
59 of 100+ | Posted by: Brian & Kandi Scott - Lyndon, IL

“Rest in peace beautiful lady ”
60 of 100+ | Posted by: Claudia Shanahan - Sterling, IL

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Words can not express the heart felt sympathy we feel for your family. God Bless each of you. Paula and...Read More »
61 of 100+ | Posted by: Paula Chavez - Rock Falls, IL

“I don't understand it, but she is an example of an amazing and beautiful woman of pure strength and love.. I have been through so much, but nothing...Read More »
62 of 100+ | Posted by: Tedi Ridle

“I did not know Jess to well she sure made an impact on my and my family's lives she will always be in our hearts as her husband n children will be in...Read More »
63 of 100+ | Posted by: Susan Blanford - Sheffield, IL

“My fondest memory of Jess is the day she held my little girls hand and led her into her new class. Having the opportunity to have Jess in our lives...Read More »
64 of 100+ | Posted by: Jessica Douglass - Sterling, IL

“I didn't know Jess very well and I just wanted to say that she was such an inspiration and a hero for fighting this horrible disease...cancer may...Read More »
65 of 100+ | Posted by: Heather Armstrong Reed - Chadwick, IL

“So sorry for your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with this family. RIP Jess. ”
66 of 100+ | Posted by: Diane Brocht - Sterling, IL

“My deepest sympathy to all of you. Your family is the most courageous, loving and inspirational family I have ever met. Every time I stopped to talk...Read More »
67 of 100+ | Posted by: pam scanlan - lyndon, IL - friend

“Thoughts and prayers to your family and children during this difficult time. Jessica's strength and spirit will continue to live on in our schools...Read More »
68 of 100+ | Posted by: Anji Garza and Family - Sterling, IL

“My sincerest condolences to the famupiky and friends of this beautiful young woman who touched so many in our community. ”
69 of 100+ | Posted by: Tim & Jen Boonstra & Family

“I never met Jess But my daughter attended school with Jamie RIP Jess ”
70 of 100+ | Posted by: Trudy Eads - Brooklyn, IA

“Jess was an amazing girl. I've known her since we were both young adults hanging out in Clinton and I just loved talking with her. She always was so...Read More »
71 of 100+ | Posted by: Stephanie Crowe - Rock falls, IL

“I do not know jess or her family but my heart breaks as she was young and this disease keepa taking to many lives... I would like her family and...Read More »
72 of 100+ | Posted by: Amanda Zellers - brookfield, IL

“My heart goes out to your family and you will continue to stay in my prayers to give you strength through this difficult time. ”
73 of 100+ | Posted by: Heather Planthaber - Sherrard, IL

“May you rest in peace Jess and would ya give my friends up there big hugs from me <3 ”
74 of 100+ | Posted by: YVONNE HESSER - Dixon, IL

“Our prayers are with you & your family in this most difficult time. She lite up a lot of peoples lives with her smile and huge heart. She will...Read More »
75 of 100+ | Posted by: Shauna & Sherm Smith - DIXON, IL

“I only had the pleasure of meeting Jess a few times, but she was strong and brave with an amazing smile. God bless her family and rest in peace Jess. ”
76 of 100+ | Posted by: Armstrong Family

“I did not have the pleasure of knowing Jessica, But my heart still weeps for you and your families loss R.I.P. Jess..Prayers to the family ”
77 of 100+ | Posted by: Priscilla Russell

“I did not know Jessica, but just thinking of her strength and bravery bring me to tears. On all accounts she seems to have been a lovely women as she...Read More »
78 of 100+ | Posted by: Megan Carter - sterling, IL

“prayers to all family ”
79 of 100+ | Posted by: marilyn letcher - ster, IL

“my god bless u n ur prayers are with u all. ”
80 of 100+ | Posted by: angie davis - rockfalls, IL

“as many others, I did not kbow Ms. Strader personally, but my heart goes out to the family and dear friends. Knowing that God does not make any...Read More »
81 of 100+ | Posted by: p. chattic - freeport, IL

“You will be missed Jess. The family and friends you left here are in our prayers ”
82 of 100+ | Posted by: Lucas Kara and Bella bush - IL

“May Jess's love of life live on through her family. I will miss Jess dearly, but hold on to the memories that we made together while at Ashford. ...Read More »
83 of 100+ | Posted by: Mindy Hayden - Savanna, IL

“I was truly honored to call Jess my friend. My thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to all her family and all the rest of "Team Jess" ”
84 of 100+ | Posted by: Rich Kicksey - Tampico, IL

“Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. Prayers from my family to...Read More »
85 of 100+ | Posted by: Jodi Farral

“With deepest sympathy, our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this sad time. Cherish the memories you have, heaven got another angel.Fp ”
86 of 100+ | Posted by: Al & Diane Rude - Sterling, IL

“Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family ”
87 of 100+ | Posted by: The Perry Family - Sterling, IL

“May God be you and your family in your time of need and may he wrap his arms around you and hold you too carry you during this. My prayers are with...Read More »
88 of 100+ | Posted by: Lisa Long - Rock Falls, IL

“RIP Jess...All are in my prayers..such a sad day for all...God Bless you all! ”
89 of 100+ | Posted by: Lisa Hamstra - Prophetstown, IL

“Would like to say how Deeply sorry I am for your loss.Prayng for you n your Beautiful Family,Didnt Know your lovely wife but heard amazing stories!!! ”
90 of 100+ | Posted by: Dora Lifka - Rockfalls, IL

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Jared ”
91 of 100+ | Posted by: Kathy & Craig Klinefelter - IL

“We love you all! Thinking and praying for you all! ”
92 of 100+ | Posted by: The Wetzell Family- Keith, Alisha, Evan, Bryce, and Madilynn - IL

“I am so sorry for your loss. Words cannot express the heartfelt feelings for your family . God bless you all . God needed another angel in heaven and...Read More »
93 of 100+ | Posted by: Jerri Cantrell - Sterling, IL

“We have known Jess her whole life. Watched her grow up and become such a wonderful woman. She was a angel that God sent to earth. Now, from heaven,...Read More »
94 of 100+ | Posted by: Mike & Debbi Orlowski - Sterling, IL

“I'm so very sorry for your loss. Thinking of your family Prayers!! ”
95 of 100+ | Posted by: Lisa Shull - Sterling, IL

“god haves a new Angle ”
96 of 100+ | Posted by: marvin smith - rockfalls, IL

97 of 100+ | Posted by: Connie and Martin Stern and Family - IL

“Sherry, Jim, Jamie, and Jared, I feel so sad that you now have to rely on memories of Jess instead of making new ones. But what memories you have...Read More »
98 of 100+ | Posted by: Deb Cooper - Arlington, IL

“Rest in Peace Jessica your family in my prayer ”
99 of 100+ | Posted by: sean yarbrough key - sterling, IL

“I did not ever get to meet Jessica, but have several people who worked with her that I know. I send my love & deepest sympathy to Jared & children &...Read More »
100 of 100+ | Posted by: Lisa Law-Sparapani - Rock Falls, IL

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STERLING- Jessica Lynn Strader, age 29, died Sunday, February 17, 2013 at home.

Jessica was born on March 29, 1983, the daughter of James and Sherry (Bright) Coleman, in Sterling, IL. She married Jared R. Strader on June 13, 2009 in Sterling. She graduated from Prophetstown High School in 2001. She then went on to complete her undergrad through Ashford University in Clinton, IA, and finished up with her master's degree at National Louis University in Chicago. Jessica was passionate about her career as an elementary special education teacher at Jefferson School, and was very involved in the Unit 5 school district. Jess loved spending time with her family and friends, and she truly cherished each moment with them.

Survivors include her husband, Jared; one son, Dominique; one daughter, Khloe; her parents, James and Sherry of Tampico; one sister, Jamie (Rob) McIntire of Tampico and her maternal grandparents, Joe (Linda) Bright.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Suzette and A.J. Coleman Jr.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 3:00-7:00 PM at Abiding Word Church in Sterling, IL. The funeral service will be Friday at 10:00 AM at the church with Reverend Scott Porter officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling. Arrangements completed by the McDonald Funeral Homes.

In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established.

Jess would like to thank everyone for the love and support. Team Jess will live on, and remember to live and love life!