Jeremy Lee St. John, 40, of New Orleans, died Saturday, July 10, 2021 after a courageous six month battle with cancer. His family is heartbroken.
Jeremy was born on December 27, 1980 to Becky Hall and Scott St. John, in Berlin, Vermont. Growing up he enjoyed theatre and was in many plays, which suited him well for his next role as a Shriner, where he performed as Joey the Clown in countless parades to raise money for the sick children of Shriners Hospital.
In 2011, Jeremy was blessed with a daughter, Sophie Olivia. Jeremy always put Sophie first, and was a doting and dedicated father. She was his proudest accomplishment, and he would do anything to make her laugh and smile, and she never failed to do the same for him. They have countless selfies and silly videos singing and dancing together to prove it.
In what would more appropriately appear as a scene from a romantic comedy than real life, Jeremy met his wife and true love Rachael Kostelec at West Elm when he offered to deliver her couch in exchange for a dinner date. It very quickly became apparent to all that Rachael and Jeremy were the perfect match. Always going above and beyond to show his adoration to Rachael, Jeremy stood in the Mardi Gras crowd holding a sign proposing marriage as Rachael’s float drove by. Jeremy, who sure knew how to work a crowd, chased the float down the entire parade route, lifting up his sign at each stop for another roar from the spectators. Jeremy and Rachael loved to spend time with Sophie, their wide network of friends in New Orleans and beyond, their two bulldogs, Pennelope and Lady Popplesworth (Poppy), and each other.
Jeremy was a loyal employee of Guarantee Restoration for 9 years, where he had recently been promoted to acting Branch Manager of the Gulfport Office. Even in his final days, Jeremy went out of his way to encourage and empower his coworkers and the employees he managed (Go Purple Team!).
Jeremy was a selfless and thoughtful friend and relative. He was a fantastic chef and baker, and enjoyed sharing his love of cooking, and his recipes, with those closest to him.
Jeremy always made those around him feel welcome, appreciated, and comfortable. He had an immense passion for life and was always a source of positivity. He lived by the motto, “Go Big or Go Home”, and was always All In, in whatever he was doing. Jeremy fought like hell and maintained his positive attitude until his last breath, waking up to comfort his loved ones, and surprising them with hugs through his last day.
Jeremy was the most loving father and husband. His family and friends will miss him more than words can say. Jeremy is survived by his wife Rachael Kostelec St. John of New Orleans, daughter Sophie St. John and her mother Becca St. John of Mandeville, brother Jeff St. John (Erica Fowler) of Cabot, Vermont, mother Becky Hall (Bucky) of Barre, VT, father Scott St. John (Tammy) of Cabot, VT, honorary parents Michael and Maura Kostelec of Harrisburg, PA and Mike and Pam Pelkey of Mandeville, honorary siblings Matthew and Wendy Kostelec of Harrisburg, PA, Megan Kostelec Goddard of NYC, NY, Stephanie Welcome (Chris Brown) of Mandeville, and Ian Welcome of Mandeville, 9 nieces and nephews; Yaki, Marley, Alex, and Zack Kostelec, Gemma Goddard, Ethan and Deakin Welcome, and Gavin and Kendall Fowler, as well as his Aunt Laurie of Northfield, VT, and grandmother in-law Shirley Dubin of Mishawaka, IN.
To the may people who have generously asked how they can help, contributions to Jeremy’s extensive medical bills may be made in his memory to his wife, Rachael Kostelec via venmo @Rachael-Kostelec to his GoFundMe fundraiser https://gofund.me/100d6ce0 . A Go Big or Go Home celebration of a life beautifully lived, will be held in the spring.