Jeremy M. Werkheiser

Born January 14, 1997

Jeremy M. Werkheiser, age 18, of Bear, DE, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, December 13, 2015.

Jeremy was born in Newark, DE on January 14, 1997, and was a son of Steven C. Werkheiser and the late Sheryl J. (Rubright) Werkheiser. He was a 12th grade student at the John G. Leach School in New Castle.

Jeremy was an avid sports fan, enjoyed watching his favorite shows on PBS Kids Sprout and adored a good action flick. He was a proud Special Olympics of Delaware athlete. Jeremy loved vacationing with his family in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and at Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, PA. He brought smiles to the faces of everyone he met, was always happy and was loved by all. Jeremy will be very dearly missed by his family and friends.

Jeremy was preceded in death by his mother, Sheryl; paternal grandfather, Harry Rubright; and aunt, Carol Husfelt. He is survived by his father, Steven of Bear; siblings, Justin T. and Stephanie R. Werkheiser, both of Bear; maternal grandmother, Anna M. Rubright of Wilmington; paternal grandparents, Bill and Grace Werkheiser of Middletown; his aunt and uncle; and extended family members.

The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to the staff of the John G. Leach School and his past doctors and staff of A.I. duPont Hospital for Children for the loving, compassionate and exceptional care provided to Jeremy.

A funeral service will be held at 2 pm on Friday afternoon, December 18, 2015 at the chapel of Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 1 pm until 2 pm. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jeremy’s memory may be made to Special Olympics Delaware, 619 S. College Ave, Newark, DE 19716.


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9 Condolences for Jeremy M. Werkheiser

  • “Jer Bear”

    Words can not express how beyond deeply saddened I am. I am at a complete loss for words. We had formed a bond like no other and for that I am truly grateful. Your bright enlightening smile and contagious laugh will be missed by all. I will forever cherish our memories. Sending hearts and prayers to the Werkheiser family.
    Jeannette Drejka

  • What a handsome photo this is, but it does not measure up to the beauty of his heart. Jeremy affected my life in such a positive way. As a teacher, I was not suppose to have favorites but certain students touched my heart and taught me more than I could ever have taught them. Jeremy was that student. He taught me to see the strength of the human spirit. He challenged me to see that not being able to speak doesn’t mean you have nothing to say. Jeremy had PLENTY to say. His brilliance was in his ability to size up any person and draw them into his world. Best of all was his tremendous sense of humor ( which I have always felt was the supreme intelligence). He showed anger, determination, humility and most importantly held a true zest for life. I feel so fortunate to have known him and will keep him forever in my heart.
    I am praying for the family as you grieve, and hope you find peace in the wonderful human being you shaped and shared with the world to make it a much better place. Thank you!

  • Dear Steve and family,

    I am so very sad to hear this news. I loved taking care of Jeremy at Nurses ‘N Kids and I will always remember his happy, smiling face. My thoughts are with you all.

    With sympathy,
    Gretchen Emery

  • Dear Steve and Family, I would like to express how sorry I am for your loss. I had the privilege of transporting Jeremy back and forth to the Leach school on Bus 101 last year and the beginning of this school year. Jeremy was a pleasure to be with. He often would say, “Bye Bye”, as we got close to your house. It was also a pleasure to know you and Jeremy’s brother. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  • Please except my heart felt condolence. My grandson road with Nurses and Kids too their the same age today . Please read for comfort from Gods own written word the Bible at John11:23,24 also Psalms 34:17,18…

  • Dear Steve:

    I was very saddened to hear of Jeremy’s passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Kind Regards,


  • Steve: your love and caring for your son Jeremy has always been an inspiration . Please know you have a deep sympathy and huge amount of respect for your loss. Stay well and may the Holidays provide you comfort.

  • Steve, Justin, and Stephanie
    Dillon and his family are deeply saddened by Jeramy’s sudden passing. He will be missed … His smile, his laugh, seeing him getting off the bus each day as Dillon would occasionally try to catch him getting off, a couple times w/ out our knowledge which Jeramy n Dillon thought was funny. Please know that while we were unable to b at his service you and your family are in our prayers and in our thoughts.
    Your neighbor

  • Steve,
    Our sincerest condolences to you and your family. May your fond memories make you smile and bring you strength and comfort in this difficult time.
    Dave and Patti Adcock