Katya Kelleher passed away on February 7, 2013. She was the daughter of the late Gen. G.H. and Mrs. Mehr-Angiz Farassat. She was a gourmet cook and enjoyed reading, traveling the world, site-seeing, opera, classical music, and Broadway performances. Katya had an affinity for interior design, and collecting beautiful paintings and art pieces. She loved ancient history and documentaries.
Katya was an amazing woman whose only limitation in accomplishing everything that she could dream of was her severe and debilitating illness. She was a great swimmer (who earned several trophies) and an accomplished gymnast when she was in college. She spoke several languages fluently and loved to learn about everything. Katya was a loving daughter and sister. She was a friend to all who met her. Katya had a heart of gold which was always ready to give and take care of the ones who needed her no matter what it took. Although she had no children of her own, she cared dearly about charities that involved children and regularly donated to their causes. She loved Persian poetry, was well-versed in all literatures and had a vast knowledge of the world history. Katya touched everyone’s heart who had the privilege to meet her; we all are better for knowing her. Her optimistic view in life was unmatched and was a source of hope to the rest of us who relied on her positive outlook. Katya was loved and will be missed by her family and friends.
She is survived by her brothers, Farhad Farassat in Germany and Faroakh Farassat in Iran; and sisters, Fereshteh Fraud in France and Farzaneh F. Wheeler in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brothers, Faramarz Farassat and Dr. Fereidoun Farassat.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to a children’s charity of your choice.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 29th in Paris, France.
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My beloved sister, words cannot explain how I feel without your presence near me. I can’t believe that you finally left us, perhaps for a better and more peaceful exsistance beyound our understandings. You never gave up the hope of finding that miracle-cure for your unbarable pain or to meet that one ingenious Doctor with the righ cure for what stopped you in your steps to conquer the world, but your little body was too tired at the end and it found peace in our loving parents’ arms, being welcomed by the big brothers who were waitiong to protect you from any more harms. You will for ever be loved and missed by your friends and family. May this final destination brings you the absolute peace and comfort that you were looking for, and deserve.
We loved you and never forget you azizam.
A strong, beautiful, intelligent woman with a lot of humor in spite of its pains! I miss you so much, you who were my second mom, I would always love you! Relayings in peace
Katya will always be remembered for her kindness and big heart. Her passing is one of great sadness and sorrow to all those who dearly loved her. May it bring comfort to know that she is no longer suffering and now in a peaceful place with those that she dearly loves. My deepest sympathy to the family.
Beautiful souls are never forgotten. Rest in peace Katya jaan!
we losed our loved Katya and we miss her every day. She was greatfull and allways happy and lovely. I can never forget her lovely smile and great personality. We never forget you Katya.
Your brother Farhad with Lissy and Sarah
Dear Aunt Katya,
You will be dearly missed. I can still hear your contagious laughter and remember your wonderful sense of humor. So sad to see you go, but I know that you’re finally free – free of the pain and the disease you had been dealing with for so long. I know in my heart that you’re in a better place. Rest in Peace. Love you…
RIP Katya… you are no longer in pain…Kathy Kelly
We have known Katya for about 30 years. She was an intelligent, lively and lovely woman who never complained despite the severe pains she always suffered from. Katya was always happy and positive and always inspiring all people around her. Katya, we will never forget you.
Farzaneh & Said
I will remember you always as the beautiful,charming, loving, generous person you were and your indomitable spirit in the face of your pain should sustain us all!
What a lovely tribute! I only met Katya a couple of times, and after reading the tribute she was an amazing woman. She went through so much and did not give up. Fiji you are an amazing and unselfish woman who gave of yourself to take care of your sister. I am sure your sister realized how lucky she was to have a loving sister like you. Be thankful for the wonderful memories and the time you got to spend with your sister and give thanks that Katya is now free of pain and in loving arms.
Katya was not only a marvelous sister but also a dear freind to whom i could turn whenever i needed her.
Katya we all miss you
Je t’aime ma petite Colombe
Repose en paix…
We remember you as a kind and joyful personn, loving life and people. We miss you…With love,
Katya, ma belle petite soeur, joyeuse et drôle, tu aimais tant la vie, les rires et les grimaces, sans jamais te plaindre du Ciel et du mauvais sort. Katya, ma belle petite soeur, maintenant tu es un ange.
RIP my dear old friend.
We still can’t believe we lost you. We will always remember your beautiful face, your useful advices & your kindness. You were the most positive person We have ever known. You never complained despite the severe pains you suffered from.
The only comfort is to know that up to the last minute of your life you were surrounded by love and assisted by your loving & sweet sister who dedicated her life to take care of you.
Rest in peace my dear friend. Goli & Josef
Katya Kelleher was my second mother. No matter what all she did was try to make evrybody happy, never putting herself first. When she came to live with my family and I she brought alot of happyness and joy. We all enjoyed her being around very much. She has greatly impacted my life by teaching me many important things in life even as simple as folding.Not a day gos by whare i dont think about her and how happy she could make me no matter how mad or sad i was. I love you with all my heart and you will always be in my heart Aunty Katya.
Rest in Peace – We miss you – We recall your zest for life while in Saudi Arabia together.
Goleh and Michael