Remembering Jessica Shure

Jessica Shure — a Staples Players star in productions like “Guys and Dolls,” “Mame,” “The Mystery of  Edwin Drood” and “The Sound of Music” — died on Wednesday of a brain aneurysm.

The 2001 graduate is remembered by Players directors David Roth and Kerry Long for her “exceptional soprano voice, quirky sense of humor and devotion to musical theatre.” Here she is as Deirdre Peregrine/Rosa Bud in “Drood”:

As a senior, she performed a memorable spring concert solo with Alice Lipson’s choir.

She headed to Northwestern University and pursued acting after Staples, then changed careers and focused on food. She became a valued pastry chef at Bill Taibe’s Whelk and Kawa Ni. (Click here for a profile of her there.)

Jessica Shure (Photo courtesy of

Friends are invited to stop by the Shure house today (Saturday, December 30), from 1 to 6 p.m.

Her sister Caitlin and brother Dan suggest that contributions in her name can be made to a local animal shelter or the American Civil Liberties Union,

(Hat tip: Jim Honeycutt)

9 responses to “Remembering Jessica Shure

  1. She was a. Great person always had a nice heart

  2. Don L. Bergmann

    I did not know Jessica Shure and also do not know her family. Nevertheless, I take this occasion to thank Dan Woog for making many of us aware of this death. All ages are important, whether the very young or the very old. There is something especially poignant though about the passing of a younger person, apparently full of life and promise, both realized and still forthcoming, that strikes a tender chord in most of us. I wish Jessica’s family and friends well. Again, Dan, thanks for all you do as well.
    Don Bergmann

  3. What an amazingly gifted young woman….gone from this earth far too soon.
    She graced us with her incredible voice, her laughter and her warmth. I am heartbroken and send my sincere condolences to Jessica’s family and friends. I will always hear your “Moonfall” ….your gift to all of us.🎶❤️

  4. I remember seeing her on stage at Staples and being just floored by her talent. Condolences to all who knew this amazing young woman.

  5. This is heartbreaking. She was such an awesome person and friend. My deepest best wishes go out to everyone who had the luck to know Jessica.

    A sad day….

  6. What a lovely woman – always graced and welcomed everyone to those two Fine Saugatuck restaurants. I am so sorry to read this; and add my condolences to her family and friends. A “Picture is Worth a Thousand Words” — her photo is beautiful, captivating and honest. These words have been sung by over 20 artists and on 100 albums. What a loss in our community; she was obviously very talented and special.

  7. Lori Winthrop Dockser

    I had the pleasure of catering events with her many times, she was incredible, fun, passionate about what she did. It is a terrible loss, life taken to soon. My condolences to her family

  8. Sean Holland

    I went to school with Jessica, and I remember her as so sweet and outgoing. This is a terrible loss.

  9. Jessie miss you. I will always remember our fun times together. I will remember you all through out my life. The smith levines send warm regards and kisses.

    Debra smith your adopted auntj and