Natalie Taylor Fleischaker

July 22, 2004May 8, 2013

Natalie Taylor Fleischaker earned her angel wings on Wednesday May 8, 2013 after a courageous 9-month battle with a DIPG brain tumor. She went peacefully at home surrounded by her family. Natalie was born July 22, 2004 at Shawnee Mission Medical Center to parents Stephen and Ashley Fleischaker. Natalie was a fighter from Day 1 and after a 10-day stay in the NICU she resided in Overland Park, Kansas. Natalie was a 2nd grade student at Heartland Elementary School where she was loved by so many and will forever be a “Jag”. She was a very talented artist who had multiple of her creations hung in the school district administration building. Natalie enjoyed playing soccer and softball with her buddies, participating in Girl Scout Daisy and Brownie troop activities where even in her illness she was the top cookie seller this year. Natalie is survived by her parents Ashley and Steve and her siblings Jack and Emily (age 6) all of the home. She is also mourned by her paternal grandparents Jim and Diana Fleischaker, Joplin, Missouri, her maternal grandparents Gale and Lucy Smith of Edmond, Oklahoma, her aunts and uncles Michael and Aimee Fleischaker, Taylor and Jessica Smith, her cousins Gabe, Grady and Grayson Smith and many extended family and friends. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, May 10, at Mt. Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Rd., Kansas City, MO. Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church, 12251 Antioch Rd., Overland Park, KS 66213. In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to The Cure Starts Now which is leading the way in funding research on DIPG. In addition, a memorial account has been set up in Natalie’s name to collect funds for distribution to the multiple charitable organizations that have helped us throughout Natalie’s journey. Donations can be made payable to the Natalie Fleischaker Memorial Fund and sent c/o Bank of Blue Valley attn: Marilyn Madden P.O. Box 26128, Overland Park, KS 66225-6128. Natalie’s journey has been documented at


  • Visitation Friday, May 10, 2013
  • Memorial Service Saturday, May 11, 2013

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Stefanie Bartlett Campbell

May 18, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!

May 12, 2013

What a strong brave girl Natalie was, to handle her illness with a positive spirit and courage. And she was blessed to have such a very loving family, who made each day she had one with pleasure and happiness for her. My heart goes out to all of the family. With love, Nancy Fix Anderson

Susan Fried (Johanna's friend from WU).

May 12, 2013

Natalie's suffering is over while it begins for those she leaves behind. I hope you are comforted by her memory and the love and support of the people who surround you.

Mindy McCleery

May 12, 2013

We are thing about and praying for you all!

May 12, 2013

Natalie would have been in my Sunday School class this last school year. I was so glad to see her during the Christmas time at St. Thomas. She is just a beautiful girl and such a tribute to her Mom and Dad. She will always be in our memories. My granddaughters and I and Denis will remember each day the little sweetie she was. I'm sure she'll be looking on all of us as we go through the rest of our lives and yours, too. Bless your family and know we all love and care for you all. --Ellen Jane and Denis Peters, Kate and Leah Tucker.

Gary & Linda Cartright

May 11, 2013

To the Fleischaker Family. I pray that God will give you peace during this time.
(Friends of Diane and Jim. Gary and Linda Cartright)

May 11, 2013

Natalie will always be my lemonade girl -
Holding you all in prayer, Melinda, Jack & Katie

Stan Steenrod

May 11, 2013

Sharon & I are praying for the family. She was clearly a lovely child, but will reside forever in your hearts.

Matt Benson

May 11, 2013

Steve and Ashley,
Brittany and I are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. God Bless

Donna and Rob Frandsen

May 10, 2013

The heart remembers most what it has loved best. Thinking of you now and in the days ahead.

Frandsen Family