Kathy Kathy Fleischmann Taurel

April 16, 1955February 4, 2014

Kathryn ("Kathy") Taurel, b. April 16, 1955, adored wife, mother, and grandmother, died suddenly on February 4, 2014. Kathy's open and loving heart was cherished by all she touched. What mattered most to Kathy were the friends and family whose lives she brightened and the many charitable organizations to which she directed so much of her goodwill, including the International School of Indiana, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Indianapolis Opera. She will be missed beyond words. Kathy is survived by her loving family: husband, Sidney; children Alex (wife Lucy Bassett), Patrick (fiancée Tanaz Moghadam) and Olivia; and grandchildren Beacon and Eleanor Bassett-Taurel. She is also survived by her parents, Jose and Estella Fleischmann, her sister, Nicole Fleischmann, and many other family and friends.

Services will be in Miami, Florida at Lakeside Memorial Park, 10301 NW 25th Street, at 9:30 am on Sunday, February 9.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the International School of Indiana or the American Society for Suicide Prevention.


  • Kathy Taurel's Service Sunday, February 9, 2014

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March 3, 2015

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April 16, 2014

Today has been really hard, Kathy. I don't know what to do with these feelings, so this is my way of wishing upon a star and sending it up to you. I yearn deeply to have you here and to celebrate you, with you. To try and bring you a smile, like you always brought to us. To give you a perfect gift, like you always found for us. To ask you a million questions about building a family and a home. I wish I had one more time to tell you how much I care about you and how much I valued your thoughts and looked forward to being a part of your life. I'm steeped in regrets but am holding on to my lovely memories of you.

March 12, 2014

bien cher Sydney,
un mois et 10 jours déjà que katy a décidé de tout quitter , y compris ceux qu'elle aimait.
qu'ajouter à ça ? tenter de vivre , ce qu'elle ne parvenait plus à faire , fut-ce l'espace d'un instant.
que dire à ça ? s'incliner et survivre.
pardon , cher sydney de me manifester aussi tard . mais l'étrange calendrier de la mort de Katy et celle de ma soeur viviane , ne m'a pas permis de te dire l'indicible, au juste moment.
mais surtout de te dire combien je pense à toi, à vous tous, à Katy et à la vie qu'elle incarnait dans ma mémoire .
je t'embrasse tendrement . perla servan-schreiber

Lorraine Price

March 8, 2014

Au Revoir sweet Kathy, My thoughts are with your family.

Daniel Serfaty

February 25, 2014

Dear Sidney and Family:
I am heartbroken with the sad news of Kathy's passing. I have met Kathy only a couple of times, including once in our home in Cambridge, MA, with Alex. She left us an indelible impression of beauty, elegance, and grace. We lost our mother Viviane just three days after Kathy's death. We know the pain of losing a beloved mother. May you find strength and hope with your family bonds, the remembrance of Kathy's life, and the stories about her you will tell to her present and future grandchildren.
Daniel Serfaty & Irene Mizrahi


February 25, 2014

donde estas,,, te hecho de menos sweet sister

Dubbie Buckler

February 24, 2014

I am devastated to learn of Kathy's passing, and my heart goes out to Sidney and your family. Kathy was a friend to all of us fortunate to have known her. Our paths crossed in civic and charitable circles. She was always so helpful, generous, gracious - just a delightful friend to so many, and always willing to do whatever she could to help those whose mission is to help others. Many who never met Kathy are in better places because of her generosity. I'm among the many who deeply mourn her passing. She will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered.

Ali Levin

February 22, 2014

Dear Sidney, Alex, Patrick, and Oli,

It is impossible to describe the joy Kathy brought to my family and the sorrow her passing brings us. My mother regarded her as a sister, my father considered her one of his closest friends, my sister thought of her as a second mother, and I looked up her style and grace. Kathy had a unique characteristic of always thinking of others before herself, almost countering human nature. With this trait, she was the most selfless, thoughtful, and caring person that I will ever know. To me, this anonymous poem helps articulate Kathy's everlasting impact on all who were lucky enough to know her…
The tide recedes but leaves behind bright seashells on the sand.
The sun goes down, but gentle warmth still lingers on the land.
The music stops, and yet it echoes on in sweet refrains.
For every joy that passes, something beautiful remains.

With Love,

Fabiana Janes

February 21, 2014

Natalie Bizic

February 20, 2014

Dear Sidney, Alex, Patrick and Olivia:
Just as I wrote you (Sidney) hours after I learned this tragic news two weeks ago, I am deeply devastated to know that we will not get to see Kathy's radiant smile and infectious personality again. It's just not possible that she left us decades too soon. I simply cannot believe it and don't want to accept that this is the reality. I remember meeting her when I was a little girl for the first time, when you (Sidney) brought her to our home in Bern... The two of you were just dating then. I wanted to be like her and in her presence whenever possible. She had a captivating softness and sweetness... always so beautiful and caring, willing to help anyone and everyone, including me and my family. I cherish the many wonderful times with her around the world and I am especially grateful to have seen her in December. At the same time, I cannot help thinking how many more good times were still to be had. My heart breaks, wishing I could somehow change this outcome. Kathy's brightness has left a tremendous void. If only she could see how loved and adored she was. Director Frank Capra really captured it best in my favorite classic and timeless film, Its A Wonderful Life... one person's life affects and touches so many others. Hers did in amazing ways! Now, even though I am back to my routine in California, you (and her family) are in my thoughts and prayers everyday. I am here for you with any support I can offer. Kathy is forever in my heart.... My love to you all, always,
Natalie Bizic