This week, the Philly lesbian/queer community was stunned to hear about the sudden loss of two young lives, Sheddy Rollins Sanchez, age 28, and Jes Metzger, age 26. The two passed away in unrelated events within a week of each other.
Cheri “Sheddy” Rollins Sanchez passed away on Wednesday, March 12 in Miami. Sheddy was beloved in the Philly LGBTQ community and beyond. They were an activist for human rights, former member and leader of the Philadelphia Student Union, a daughter, neighbor, parent, artist, and so much more. According to a website set up to assist with raising money for a memorial, Sheddy was “one of the kindest, strongest, shiniest, calmest, most genuine, creative–and can’t forget stylish–people we have ever known.”
A viewing will be held 6 – 9 p.m., Thursday, March 20, at the Compagnola Funeral Home on 4405-07 North 5th Street. Funeral services will be held Friday morning, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Compagnola Funeral Home. A mass will follow at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Innocents. Flowers can be sent to the Compagnola Funeral Home, c/o the Sanchez family.
The family also still needs assistance with raising money for funeral expenses. A PayPal link to donate is available here: http://detroitsummer.wordpress.com/sheddy/.
Jes Metzger passed away in Wichita, Kansas on Saturday, March 15, when the driver of the car she was riding in, who was hired from a professional driving company, suffered a medical condition behind the wheel and lost control.
She is credited with saving the life of another by taking control of the wheel and swerving out of the way of a car stopped at a red light.
Jes was a bartender at ICandy Nightclub in Center City and was one of the first female bartenders to work there. She worked at ICandy until last year, when she joined the United States Air Force and was stationed in Kansas.
“I’ll always remember her smile, her singing voice, and the way she brought my favorite candy to work for no reason,” says close friend Tara Robertson. “Jes – you are the sweetest thing.”
To help raise money for her funeral expenses, as well as celebrate her life, Jes’ friends and former co-workers at Icandy are putting on a fundraiser/raffle this Sunday, March 23, from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. There will be a $5 donation at the door, drink specials, and a raffle of some of Jes’ favorite things, like Jameson. More information on the fundraiser/raffle is available here.
The funeral service for Jes will be held 10 a.m., Monday, March 24 at the Hubert McBride Funeral Home, 2357 E. Cumberland St. Family and friends are asked to dress colorfully (no black).
There’s also a fund set up through Go Fund Me for those wishing to make donations that way: http://www.gofundme.com/WeLoveJes.