Jesh Gandhi

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November 29, 2003 - August 21, 2019
Born in St. Louis, MO
Resided in Chesterfield, MO

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Jesh Nirav Gandhi of Chesterfield, MO, passed away Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at the age of 15. Cherished son of Nirav and Sweety Gandhi; dear brother of Shreyas Gandhi; treasured grandson of Jagdish and Kalpana Gandhi, and Varshaben Sukhadia and the late Navnitlal Sukhadia; dear nephew of Crystal and Milind Deshpande.

To say that Jesh Gandhi was a Prodigy is an understatement.  He was many great things to many people:  a caring son and grandson, a loving brother, and a loyal friend to many.  He touched the heart of every person he met.

From the day he was born, it was clear that Jesh was uniquely talented and one of a kind.  He had always been very mature and ahead of his age.  At the age of 9 months he was talking in full sentences; on his first birthday he participated in a musical chair game with older kids. He always had a creative mind and would make up his own games.  Toys and sports never interested him, as he found them boring.  Instead, he focused on academics and music.

As he got older, he was always his teacher's favorite right from Elementary School all the way through High School. Over the years, this talent led to so many accomplishments that it's hard to mention all of them.  Just to name a few, he was Spelling Bee Champion in the 4th Grade, recipient of the Monticello Award in the 5th grade, and made it to Debate Nationals as a Freshman, which is very difficult to do.

His talents were in so many different areas, from having lead roles in plays, to excelling in Speech and Debate.  He was also involved in many different organizations, including Student Council, Model UN, South Asian Student Association, UNICEF, Youth in Government.  He was even able to do an internship with a Judge, and was able to observe cases and trials with him.

As a person, he always found a way to light up the room with his eyes, as they got really big everytime he talked or listened to someone.  He was able to relate to people of all ages and always left a lasting impression. He always pushed himself to achieve the impossible, such as becoming the President one day. He found ways to make the best out of any situation. Most importantly, he was always there to support you through thick and thin. He always told people how much he cared for them; he never hung up a phone call without saying "I love you."

Jesh left nothing but great memories and will forever remain in the hearts of everyone that he met, and we know that those same bright eyes will always be looking down on us.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Felicia durst August 23, 2019 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    candle 5Deepest condolences.

    • Raju Vanka and family August 23, 2019 at 7:21 pm - Reply

      candle 8There are no words to express the sorrow of losing your wonderful and intelligent son. He will be missed by all who knew him. May his soul RIP. God’s Blessing on you and your family.

  2. Erin Sullenger August 23, 2019 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    candle 3My thoughts and prayers are with the Gandhi family and the Marquette community.

  3. Phoebe Owenby August 23, 2019 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    My heart goes out to you and your family.

    • Vipul & Miral Gandhi August 24, 2019 at 9:47 am - Reply

      candle 1Jesh such a great boy. We all miss you. Love you Jesh

  4. Michael Herman August 23, 2019 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    candle 7Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you during this very difficult time. Love Mike and Pam Herman.

  5. Brenda Casey August 23, 2019 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    candle 8There are no words to express the sorrow of losing your beautiful, intelligent son. He will be missed by all who knew him. God’s Blessing on you and your family.

  6. Van Buskirk Family August 23, 2019 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    candle 8We cannot express how heart broken we are for your loss. My son Carter is the person he is today because of many great people in his life, one of those was his friend Jesh. Jesh’s passion for traveling, the east coast, and drive was infectious. They shared many things in common and Carter has the best memories spent with him. He will be missed greatly but will live in our hearts forever.

  7. Cheryl Bierman August 23, 2019 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    candle 3Sending tons of prayers to Jesh’s family and friends during such a difficult time. My heart is hurting tremendously.

    Marquette Mom

  8. Bratton Family August 23, 2019 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    candle 7Our deepest condolences on your loss… I have heard stories of Jesh’s amazing sense of humor and how smart he was… may his memory be a blessing forever…

  9. Peyton Richards August 23, 2019 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    candle 8My thoughts and prayers are with your family through this time. Jesh was a wonderful person who was so kind to everyone he met. He was loved by all and will be very missed.

  10. Fleming family August 23, 2019 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    candle 3We are praying for Jesh’s family at this time. We knew Jesh and he was such a sweet, funny, charismatic young man! We are so very sorry for your loss.
    Harrison Fleming’s family

  11. Kim Goldstone August 23, 2019 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    candle 5What a beautiful young man. What a loss. My prayers and deepest sympathies go out to the family. Please keep the school informed if there will be any opportunities for families to make donations in his honor.

    Warmly,
    The Goldstone/ Brandt Family

  12. Clay and Karen Elmore August 23, 2019 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    candle 7Our deepest condolences; we are sending our love and prayers to you all.

  13. Andy and Donna Rodriguez August 23, 2019 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    candle 2We are praying for your entire family. God bless you all.

  14. Dana Holladay August 23, 2019 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    candle 8Praying for you and the Marquette family during this difficult time.

  15. Cárdenas Family August 23, 2019 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    candle 7We cannot even begin to understand what your family are going through right now, but we would like to offer our prayers and condolences to your family.

    Marquette Family…

  16. The Miesner Family August 23, 2019 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    candle 3We are so deeply sorry for the loss of your sweet Jesh. Mary Kate cherished their friendship and will miss him dearly. She was lucky to have known him.

  17. Molly Rundquist August 23, 2019 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    candle 7My heart broke when I heard the news of this dear, kind, brilliant young man leaving this world. I remember when I enrolled Jesh at Selvidge, a boy filled with energy and an infectious smile. He lit up every classroom, every hallway, cafeteria, gym… you name it, Jesh made where ever he was a brighter place. Rest In Peace, fine young man. You are loved and will be greatly missed.

    • Sharan & Jyo August 24, 2019 at 5:06 pm - Reply

      candle 5We met Jesh for a few days in NYC and he touched our hearts with his spark and warmth. Sending our prayers and love to his dear ones.

      Sharan & Jyothi

  18. Kyle & Amanda Luebeck August 23, 2019 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    candle 8Our thoughts and prayers for you and your family Sweety. We are here for you all for whatever you need.

  19. Susan Bozue August 23, 2019 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    Words can not express enough how sorry we are for your loss. We love your family and are praying for you. Jesh was a such a bright young man and I remember when I met him and made him sign my book because I wanted to write down what he wanted to do when he grew up. He will be sorely missed. He was ahead of his time and could carry on a conversation with anyone. He was smart as ever and very talented. Cherish those memories. What I love most about Jesh is how much he loved hanging out with his parents. He was so well spoken and had a great sense of humor. We are here for you my friends.
    Love and prayers,
    The Bozue Family

  20. Michelle Lewis August 23, 2019 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    candle 3There have been many tears shed at the Lewis house over the loss of your unforgettable son, Jesh. He was a classmate of our daughter Katja’s and never seen without a contagious smile on his face. His sense of humor was second to none, his intelligence and passion for politics were far beyond his years, I’ve heard his speech & debate and mock trial skills were admirable, and those attributes combined with his ambition and drive to succeed made him the kind of “popular” kid others admire. He probably didn’t even realize it because it didn’t require any effort for him; it just came naturally as he didn’t have to pretend to be someone he wasn’t. Our hearts ache for all of you as you try to cope with this tragedy. May the amazing memories you have of your time with him carry you through these difficult days. Please know he will never be forgotten by those who were blessed to cross paths with him; Jesh impacted many, many lives in his much-too-short time on earth. May he forever Rest In Peace. Sending you wishes for strength and comfort in the days, weeks, months and years ahead.
    Forever a Marquette Mustang. 💙💚 🕯

  21. The Sabnavis Family August 23, 2019 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    candle 8Our heartfelt condolences to the Gandhi family. Our thoughts and prayers are always with your family. May his soul RIP.

  22. Anonymous Marquette Student August 23, 2019 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    candle 8to his family, I am so sorry we failed your son.

    he is undoubtedly one of the most awe-inspiring people I will ever have the privilege and honor of meeting.

    my heart goes out to all that are close to him ❤️

  23. Grosman Family August 23, 2019 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    candle 3Sorry for the immeasurable loss of your son, Jesh. May his memory always be a blessing to his family, friends and Community.

  24. Mia Bussmann August 24, 2019 at 12:11 am - Reply

    candle 7Rest In Peace Jesh💙a genuine guy who was everything to so many people. We will all miss you. Thank you for what you have done for us. Nothing will be the same without you. Look out for us up there beautiful boy💙

  25. Emma Clanton August 24, 2019 at 12:21 am - Reply

    candle 8My heart goes out to the family and friends of Jesh. I didnt know him as well as others but he definitely made an impact in my life more than he ever realized. Myself and so many others miss him so much. He was always so kind and caring to everyone. He was smart and I was glad I got to kind of get to know him and talk to him. I will never forget his kindness. My heart goes out to the family.

  26. Emma Clanton August 24, 2019 at 12:28 am - Reply

    candle 7My heart goes out to the people who knew him. He was really kind and intelligent and caring. I’m glad I got to know him even if I dont know him as well as others do. I wont forget the impact he left on my life, as he was always kind to me and everyone around him. I was lucky to have met him and so were so many others. He is missed greatly. I’m sorry for everyones loss. He was always fun to talk to during class. Hes missed greatly by everyone whos lives he touched.

  27. Michele McKenney August 24, 2019 at 6:44 am - Reply

    candle 3It was my pleasure to have Jesh in class last year. He was wonderfully talented, kind, and an inspiration to me and all of his classmates. I will never forget his smile and inquisitive nature.Sending thoughts of peace to the Gandhi family during this difficult time.

  28. Hansa & Madhav Matani August 24, 2019 at 8:54 am - Reply

    Our prayers are for the whole family and cannot imagine what you are going through. Jes good memories will be always with you to cherish.
    We will be always there to take your pain away.

  29. Melodie and Craig Donatelli August 24, 2019 at 9:00 am - Reply

    candle 8Our deepest condolences to your family. Jesh was one of Taylor’s best friends. They would laugh together all the time, enjoying each other’s similar sense of humor. She would tell me stories of their time together almost everyday laughing hysterically. He was so full of life and such a light to others. Jesh will always be in her heart. We pray for your family and your peace. Jesh is looking over us all. We send all the love we have to your family at this time.

  30. The Ingrams August 24, 2019 at 9:07 am - Reply

    candle 6May Jesh’s Light continue to shine on, and may his memory live forever in the lives he touched on earth. May your family feel the loving embrace of all of us in your community.

  31. Hannah Ward August 24, 2019 at 9:46 am - Reply

    candle 6My condolences go out to everyone who was close with him, especially his family. The love he gave to others was so evident, and it’s so devastating to see such a great soul go. Sending my love and prayers.

  32. Nisha and Ricky Jinkens August 24, 2019 at 10:11 am - Reply

    candle 6It is incredible to see what an impression Jesh is leaving on his loved ones and all who knew him. While my memories of him are from his very early days, it hurts to learn that the amazing young man he has grown to be, leaves us much too soon. Sending peace, love, and light to the Gandhi family and everyone Jesh touched.

  33. Sangita Aradhyula August 24, 2019 at 10:15 am - Reply

    Thoughts and prayers with you during this very difficult time. I’ve heard so many good and positive things about your Jesh (from my daughter, Riya) over the past 4 years they were in school together.

  34. Carson Hanis & Jack huster August 24, 2019 at 10:16 am - Reply

    candle 7Jesh was such an amazing person, friend, and supporter of us. Every time we needed something he was there for us. We had so many great memories and his legacy will live on. Our hearts go out to the family and the rest of his friends that are hurting because of this. We love all of you ❤️❤️❤️

  35. Sunny arora August 24, 2019 at 10:36 am - Reply

    candle 1There are no words to express my sorrow for your loss, may you find comfort in the loving memories you shared while he was alive. May his soul Rest in peace 🙏🙏
    . Sunny & Priyanka

    • Riya Aradhyula August 24, 2019 at 5:45 pm - Reply

      candle 8My deepest condolences to all of those in Jesh’s life, particularly his family. I will always remember him as a bright and bubbly friend who always brought light into every room he walked in. He was a determined and confident individual, all while being extremely kind and sincere. He helped me throughout the years in school, with homework, or simply by making me laugh on a stressful day. It was truly a blessing to have gotten to know such a beautiful human being. He will always have a place in my heart. Sending love, thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  36. Hardik Modi August 24, 2019 at 10:59 am - Reply

    RIP

    • Sharan & Jyo August 24, 2019 at 5:12 pm - Reply

      candle 5We met Jesh in NYC for a few days and he touched our hearts with his spark and warmth ❤️
      Sending our love and prayers to all his dear ones.

      Sharan & Jyothi

  37. Harish and Kalpana Patel August 24, 2019 at 11:06 am - Reply

    candle 7Please accept Harish’s and mine heartfelt sympathies on the loss of Jesh. Jesh was amazing
    and unique young man and we will miss him
    deeply. Many prayers and comforting hugs to the
    Gandhi family.

  38. Anitha Janardhan August 24, 2019 at 11:15 am - Reply

    candle 8Sending tons of prayers.

  39. Harish and Kalpana Patel August 24, 2019 at 11:21 am - Reply

    candle 7Jesh was amazing and unique young man and
    we will miss him deeply. Please accept Harish’s
    and mine heartfelt sympathies on the loss of Jesh.
    Many prayers and comforting hugs to the Gandhi
    family.

  40. Amy Dirnberger August 24, 2019 at 11:35 am - Reply

    candle 3My heart goes out to the entire family. Jesh was a one of a kind and vibrant kid. He always lit up the room whenever he walked in.

  41. Sindhu Narayan August 24, 2019 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    candle 1May you find the strength and peace to get through this most difficult time and keep Jesh always alive within you.
    My sincere condolences.

  42. Laura and Rich Healey August 24, 2019 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    candle 6Our hearts are broken for you and we send you our prayers to your family.

  43. Bhavika & himanshu August 24, 2019 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    candle 8“No amount of words can express the pain that you are going through. We are sending you love and prayers and hope you are able to find strength during this dark time.”

  44. Bhavika & himanshu August 24, 2019 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Sadly enough, the most painful goodbyes are the ones that are left unsaid and never explained

  45. Srinivasa Rao Pandiri August 24, 2019 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    candle 5Our deep condolences to family and pray for his soul to reach highest abode.

  46. Ashwin & Raksha Patel August 24, 2019 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    Our prayers are with Gandhi family.
    May his soul Rest In Peace!
    🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  47. Shruti August 24, 2019 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    candle 2We all are praying for him.

    • Diane Finnestead August 25, 2019 at 2:10 pm - Reply

      My heart breaks for you- I am visiting the beach later today to release prayers of healing and comfort so the love of all who surround you will soothe your soul always.💕

  48. M Lawson August 24, 2019 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    candle 1Words cannot express the sadness I feel for your family. Just remember, his soul will forever surround you. Rest In Peace Jesh.

  49. Jitendra and Preeti Manilal August 24, 2019 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    candle 8Our deepest sympathies to the Gandhi family. May God give you strength during this difficult time.
    May his soul Rest In Peace.

  50. The Hohlen Family August 24, 2019 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    candle 7Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We had the pleasure of meeting Jesh a couple of times this past summer and were truly amazed by his charisma and outgoing personality. You could tell Jesh was a brilliant young man wise beyond his years. He will greatly missed by all his friends and classmates from Marquette High School.

  51. Susan & Sarah George August 24, 2019 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    candle 8He shined his light on everyone around him and was such a significant person on our Speech and Debate team. We’re gonna miss him so much. Our thoughts and prayers are with you auntie and uncle. We loved him so much, and Sarah is so thankful she got to experience Nats with him. He was so amazing and was one of the most beautiful souls we’ve ever met. Jesh, we love you so incredibly much. Rest easy up there buddy.

  52. Jane DeLong August 24, 2019 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    candle 6Jesh’s memory and legacy will live on through all he inspired. I’ll never forget him. My deepest sympathy is with you

  53. NISAR DAYO August 25, 2019 at 12:46 am - Reply

    candle 6I am so sorry for your loss!

  54. Carolyn Sexton August 25, 2019 at 10:54 am - Reply

    candle 1Dear Sweety
    I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful
    Son, only God knows why he called him home at such a young age my heart breaks
    for you and your husband and family I will keep Jesh I’m my prayers and all of you
    God bless you all
    Carolyn Sexton

  55. Linda marshall August 25, 2019 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    Sweety
    Our hearts go out to you and your husband and son. Jesh was so sweet with such a great smile. We will pray for your family and believe God has him safely in heaven. May you find peace and in time comfort of his memories.
    Linda and Jim Marshall

  56. Linda marshall August 25, 2019 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    Sweety
    Out hearts go out to you and your husband and son. Jesh was sweet and had a beautiful smile. May God give you peace in time to reflect on his memories with joy.
    Linda and Jim Marshall

  57. Della Thompson August 25, 2019 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    candle 8My deepest condolences and prayers for you.

  58. Kristi Hlina August 26, 2019 at 8:53 am - Reply

    candle 5My deepest condolences. There are no words that I can say but please know that I am here for all of you.

  59. Candice Wiggins August 26, 2019 at 8:56 am - Reply

    candle 2My heart and deepest sympathy goes to the Gandhi family. I will continue to pray for you all. Rest in heaven Jesh!!

  60. Valerie Pacer August 26, 2019 at 9:55 am - Reply

    candle 7I am so sorry for your incredible loss. Thank you for sharing what a special person Jesh was, hopefully his amazing spirit will live on, and continue to inspire us all, providing strength to your family during this time. My prayers are with you.

  61. Pratibha Pradhan August 26, 2019 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    candle 8My deepest condolences to your family. This is sad and shocking. Thanks for sharing information about him and his inspiring achievements. May his soul rest in peace

  62. Patricia Gann August 26, 2019 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    So very sorry for your loss to you and your family. The outpouring of love to you and for everyone who new him will continue. Prayers for healing for your broken hearts will continue also. His love for you and yours is endless and will be with you forever. Lean on our Lord’s strength as you walk each day as best you can. Continue to lean on each other as your strength. Lean on your friends too and family that loves you so very much. Pat Gann

  63. Rupam Prasad August 26, 2019 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    candle 5No words can really help to ease the loss you bear. Extending deepest sympathy, for your family in your loss. May his soul rest in peace 🙏🙏🙏

  64. McGee Family August 26, 2019 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    candle 5Deepest condolences to your family during this unimaginable time. I pray you can find strength in the love surrounding you from family and friends.

  65. Sybil Nance August 26, 2019 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    candle 2Deepest sympathy to you and you and your family. No words will heal your pain, but just know you have so many people who care.

  66. Mahalakshmi B August 26, 2019 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    May his soul rest in peace

  67. Uma August 27, 2019 at 9:19 am - Reply

    So sorry .Prayers for the departed soul.RIP

  68. Linda and Jim Marshall August 27, 2019 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    candle 4My heart goes out to you Sweety and your son and husband. We will pray for God to give you all strength and peace in time to carry on knowing his soul is safe, give you the chance to experience joy in the future of his memories and his beautiful smile.
    Linda and Jim Marshall

  69. The Hotich Family August 28, 2019 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    candle 7Jesh had always filled our home with such light and love, and it will never be forgotten. We will forever treasure the memories we had all created with him, and hold them deep in our hearts. He had such an amazing soul, and was one in a million. He was always filled with such light, always putting the ones he loved first. We wish nothing but love for the Gandhi Family. Your son was one like no other, and his legacy will forever live on.

  70. Pradnya Deshpande August 29, 2019 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    candle 7Words couldn’t describe the sorrow felt at this loss. May his soul always rest in piece. Love you Jesh

    • Pradnya Deshpande August 29, 2019 at 6:01 pm - Reply

      candle 7*peace

  71. Sanket Gupte August 29, 2019 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    candle 3Words couldn’t describe the sorrow felt at this loss. May his soul always rest in peace.

  72. Nikki Crum September 3, 2019 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    My heart broke for you when I heard the sad news. I want to express my deepest sympathies for your family. I never met Jesh, but If he was anything like his mom and dad I know he was an awesome person. All of you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  73. Nikki Crum September 3, 2019 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    candle 1My heart broke for you when I heard the sad news. I want to express my deepest sympathies for your family. I never met Jesh, but If he was anything like his mom and dad I know he was an awesome person. All of you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  74. Kathy Cushman September 3, 2019 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    candle 8Jesh was absolutely the incredible young man described, and he was adored by his fourth grade teacher. I can’t begin to adequately express the sadness I feel for your family, but I am thinking of you and keeping you all in my prayers.

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