Jessica Leigh Metzger

September 27, 1978 - June 17, 2021
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Jessica Leigh Metzger, age 42, of New Philadelphia finished her final race Thursday, June 17, 2021, following a more than two-year journey with breast cancer.

Born in Dover, Ohio on September 27, 1978. Jessica is a daughter of Debra A. Metzger of New Philadelphia and Bruce Metzger of Bolivar.

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Jessica Leigh Metzger, age 42, of New Philadelphia finished her final race Thursday, June 17, 2021, following a more than two-year journey with breast cancer.

Born in Dover, Ohio on September 27, 1978. Jessica is a daughter of Debra A. Metzger of New Philadelphia and Bruce Metzger of Bolivar.

Jessica was a graduate of Tuscarawas Central Catholic High School at New Philadelphia. She obtained her Bachelor of Communication from the University of Central Florida and later obtained her teaching certification in Primary and Middle Grades English from Seminole State College.

Jess was a warrior in every sense of the word. An avid runner, kindergarten teacher, daughter, sister and beloved friend, Jess was diagnosed with breast cancer two days before her 40th Birthday. Her blog writings share a great deal about her personal journey and serve as an inspiration to anyone who has ever experienced a valley in their lifetime. She “chose love not fear” and learned that self-love along the way was the best medicine to get her through her own race with cancer. In fact, Jess set her own pace in her race. In August of 2019 after going through her treatments, Jess signed up to run a half-marathon, DONNA (Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer) and ran that race as a Survivor of Breast Cancer. She used her diagnosis as an opportunity to radiate, and be a light to others. It helped her to discover a new grown confidence in herself and bring about a much clearer perspective on life in general.

She had a great love for a good cup of coffee and outings with those she loved, watching football, tutoring and baking; but also enjoyed the relaxing moments while watching Dexter, The Office, The Crown and Friends. It was John Mayer, David Gray, Kenny Chesney and Dave Mathews who got her through the highs and lows of this race we all call life. Jess’ diagnosis wasn’t about being alone but getting through the battle. She surrounded herself with friends and family and challenged herself to climb each hill, walk those valleys, and allowed herself to get roughed up along the way. She was an avid supporter of not only the DONNA but also the Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital Run for Home.

Her beautiful soul will long be remembered by her parents, her sister, Stephanie Metzger; her brother, CJ (Erika) Metzger of New Philadelphia, her niece and nephew, Elanor and Ethan Metzger; her “Florida Parents” James and Christine Long; her aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends.

Jessica was preceded in death by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Warner, Mrs. Rita Metzger, Mr. Harry Metzger.

The family will greet guests on Monday, June 21, 2021, from 6 – 8 PM in the Geib Funeral Center at Dover and a Christian Wake service will be conducted at 7:50 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by her uncle, Fr. William A. Metzger on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at 11 AM in Sacred Heart Catholic Church at New Philadelphia with burial to follow in Calvary Cemetery at New Philadelphia.

Memorial contributions in Jessica’s name may be directed to the Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital Run for Home, 213 Lloyd Street, Dover, Ohio 44622, Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Avenue SW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663 or to the Donna Foundation, 11762 Marco Beach Drive, Suite 6 Jacksonville, Florida 32224.


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Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Monday, June 21, 2021

Time: 6:00 pm

End Time: 8:00 pm

Geib Funeral Center at Dover


5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

Service Information

Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Time: 11:00 am

End Time: 12:00 pm

Sacred Heart Catholic Church


139 3rd Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Cemetery Information

Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Calvary Cemetery - New Philadelphia


Delaware Drive, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Donation Information

Community Hospice

716 Commercial Ave. SW
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
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Donna Foundation

11762 Marco Beach Drive, Suite 6
Jacksonville, Florida 32224

Cleveland Clinic - Union Hospital Run for Home

213 Lloyd Street
Dover, Ohio 44622

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Born: September 27, 1978
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Laurel Zimmer posted on 7/12/21

I'm so very sorry to learn of Jessica's passing. I worked with her at Secrest Elementary School. She was a wonderful person and teacher. The world has lost an outstanding individual.


Colleen Raleigh posted on 6/27/21

My condolences and sympathy to all of Jessica’s Family and friends. She was a beautiful and special person, teacher and friend. Jessica’s light of GOD burns on through all the many children she taught at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School.


Colleen Raleigh posted on 6/27/21

Sending my love and Gods blessing condolences and sympathy to Jessica’s family and friends. I taught1st grade as Jessica taught Kindergarten at SEASCS. Jessica was a beautiful, tender hearted, kind and loving person, teacher and friend. She touched many lives in her teaching career at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School Palm Coast FL. The best and most beautiful thing about being a teacher is you touch lives forever and Jessica did just that each day! The children and families will always carry Jessica with them as part of their lives and in their minds, and hearts. Everyone remembers their K and 1st grade teachers. She will never be forgotten! All those children who lived with her daily throughout the years in school and adored her will always have a piece of Jessica with them. She was kind, gentle, loving, supportive and happy and all those qualities she gave as part of her will always be carried as part of her students lives. She truly lives on each day through them. Always know that Jessica’s impact as a teacher is still here and will always be here carrying on life after life. Jessica is truly still out there everyday in so many lives and in so many wonderful ways through those children she taught. All those precious, wonderful teaching moments, especially about GOD and his loving arms, fun and laughter in PreK, Kindergarten and First will always remain in the children she taught. She had so much courage and strength through her illness. She is the light of GODS hope, courage and strength he wants us to be. I am very proud to have known her and will keep her close to my heart in my prayers each day especially with the children I teach. She is a special teachers angel of God, with no more pain and safe in his arms.


Angelica Marino posted on 6/26/21

My deepest sympathies to all of you. Warm thoughts and prayers.


Stacey Kreigh posted on 6/22/21

Jess you will forever be in my heart. I will miss you dearly thank you for always being a wonderful person and most of all my friend.


Leslie Kendle posted on 6/22/21

With deepest sympathy. God bless you and may Jessica Rest In Peace. Leslie Alexander Kendle


April Pittis posted on 6/22/21

A beautiful person inside and out.


Terri Harper posted on 6/22/21

Even while Jessica's body may have grown weaker, her inner strength grew stronger through these last few years. I feel blessed to have known her. What an inspiration! I know it's hard to not have her here now, but she truly is with God. My prayers are with your family as you navigate through this loss.


Jen (Mroczkowski) Kern posted on 6/21/21

My deepest condolences. Many prayers for your family at this terribly sad time.


Nicole Beans posted on 6/21/21

I'm so sorry for your loss!!! I can't believe this happened at such a young age!!! Sending prayers and hugs your way!!! I'm so sorry I can't be at the funeral and calling hours


David Stone posted on 6/21/21

You didn’t know me, nor I you, Jessica, but I’m a lifelong runner who read your wonderful obituary. It was quite beautiful. And fitting after losing my wife in 2020 to an auto immune lung disorder. My heart goes out to your family.


Beccie Booth posted on 6/20/21

Please accept my sincere condolences. I am deeply sorry for your loss.


Tina DeVecka posted on 6/20/21

Prayers for your family. So sorry. She was taken away to young. With sympathy, Tina (Davis) DeVecka


Marsha and Rod McGregor posted on 6/20/21

Our hearts are breaking but we know she lived with great love and strength that will continue to inspire others. May her memory be a blessing and a comfort. Much love, Marsha and Rod McGregor


Gary Compton posted on 6/20/21

Our prayers go with Jessica and your family. The Comptons


Joan and Gary Caviness posted on 6/20/21

Bruce and Debbie, please accept our deepest condolences for the loss of your daughter, Jessica. Although we didn't know her personally, she certainly displayed a very positive and courageous spirit in dealing with her illness. May you both find peace and comfort in the days ahead.


Brenda Jenkins posted on 6/20/21

Jessica was such a lovely person, inside and out. She will be missed. I pray your memories bring you comfort and in time smiles and joy.


Dan and Marcia Vaughan posted on 6/20/21

Bruce, Debbie and Family, Please accept our condolences on the passing of Jessica. We are so sorry for your loss but hope that your many wonderful memories help sustain you in this time.


Rachael posted on 6/20/21

I knew her through our mutual friend Stephanie Bachman and wow what a amazing woman she was the short time that I got to know her I learned that she was a selfless caring wonderful person I am very blessed to have known her. I will keep her always in my thoughts and her family in my prayers God bless you Jessica I’m glad that you were finally now without pain and you are with the Lord.


Kristen (Schreiner) Kaltenstein posted on 6/20/21

Metzger Family: I’m so so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and may Jess finally be at peace. It sounds like she was a truly amazing person.


Bill & Linda Hildebrand posted on 6/20/21

Our deepest sympathy to the Metzger family. We are so sorry for your loss. May your many memories be a blessing.


Cindy Stoughton posted on 6/20/21

My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find comfort and peace in your memories and love of family and friends.


Rae Showen posted on 6/20/21

I met Jess a few times through her friend Holly, and her inner light captivated me immediately. I’m so deeply sorry and pray that warm memories and the love of family and friends bring you comfort and peace. ???? Rae Showen


Patricia Figuly posted on 6/19/21

Young and spirited, God really needed her. Sorry for your loss and God watch over the family.


Katherine ellwood posted on 6/19/21

Deb and family, Your loss is felt by so many, but we will remember Jess and her vibrant smile and bravery. Her faith and love of her family were a bright light and shining example for others. May memories of her beautiful spirit sustain you.


Carol and Rick Monte posted on 6/19/21

Debbie and family, so very sorry to hear of Jessica's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Sandy Gallentine posted on 6/19/21

Debbie, There are no words that I can possibly say to express my sadness for your family and Jessica’s friends. She was truly a radiant person and now is being showered with love from Our Lord! Denny and I will be praying for you for many months. With caring condolences, Sandy and Denny Gallentine


Michelle & Lyle Tope posted on 6/19/21

Our hearts go out to all. What a beautiful spirit.


Maurya Shaw posted on 6/19/21

So deeply sorry for your loss. Thoughts and comforting prayers are with you and family.


Carolyn Fulton posted on 6/19/21

She will be remembered by our family as a kind person, and a wonderful teacher to our daughter. So glad to have known her. God bless


Wendy posted on 6/19/21

Our deepest sympathies from the Neading Family-Rick, Wendy, Greg, Rikki and Ella


CONNIE & DWAIN COLVIN posted on 6/19/21

Jessica was a lovely lady. She always had a smile. It was a pleasure to know her. Prayers to her family. God Bless....


Debbie Casto posted on 6/19/21

Dear Debbie, Bruce and Family. I am so, so sorry to hear about Jessica. It was a long, hard battle and it it so incredibly hard for your family. Believe me, I truly understand. God bless her and your family at this difficult time. Debbie Casto


Jody Ditcher posted on 6/19/21

What a beautiful person Jessica was. I am so sorry for your loss!


Carol and Emily Consiglio posted on 6/19/21

Words cannot express how sorry we are for the loss of Jessica. We loved her very much. She is now among the angels and not in pain. We love you Jessica and will miss you.


Lynn (Swaldo) Carper posted on 6/19/21

Deb and family, My deepest sympathies on your loss. Jessica was a beautiful person and now a beautiful angel with no more pain.


Susan Gomez posted on 6/19/21

Thoughts and prayers for the family of this truly amazing young warrior. As a survivor, I admired her positive mental attitude through her journey. She was so brave, so confident and I was so heart broken to learn of her passing. She can rest in the arms of our Loving Father in Heaven….relieved of pain and suffering.


Jennifer posted on 6/19/21

Deepest sympathies for the family. Sounds like she was incredibly brave and a lovely person to know.


Sara and Brent Lehigh posted on 6/19/21

Sympathy, Prayers and Love to all. So sorry for your loss


Missy Prince posted on 6/19/21

I'm sorry for ur loss


Chad & NIchole Zesiger-Merkel posted on 6/19/21

I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


Lindsay Adam posted on 6/19/21

Deb, Bruce, CJ and Steph. I am so very sorry for your loss. Jess was such a great person. My condolences and you are all in my thoughts and prayers.


Sue McAbier posted on 6/19/21

Sorry CJ for your loss!!


Ryan Selden posted on 6/19/21

My thoughts and prayers are with the family.


Karen (Beitzel) Welch posted on 6/19/21

So sorry for your loss. Keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.