Goodbye to Catherine Serou, my Beautiful Sister

Catherine Serou could do anything. Brilliant and beautiful, she found joy in learning, growing, eating, traveling, building, crafting and caring for animals. A former Marine in the Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252, she was a certified Diesel Mechanic, had gotten an associates degree in Anthropology and Photography from Los Rios Community College, a Bachelor's Degree in Design from US Davis, A Master's Degree in Art History from US Davis and she was pursuing a Masters Degree in Law from Nizhny Novgorod State University in Russia when her life was tragically cut short.

On Tuesday June 15th, 2021, at 7:17pm MSK, she sent the last message we would ever receive from her--"I'm in a car with a stranger. I hope I'm not being abducted." Three days later, her remains were found by the Russian Police. Our family is devastated, left only with memories of her wonderful spirit and our time together.

We need your help to honor her memory. Repatriating her remains will require travel to Russia, and we would like to hold a funeral befitting a veteran. We also need to make trips to California and DC to wrap up her affairs. We appreciate the support we've received from friends in the community, and we appreciate the support you continue to give. While we expect expenses to greatly surpass this amount, $10,000 would greatly help offset the cost of travel and administrative tasks.

Our family is also interested in speaking to her friends in Russia; contact us through this GoFundMe to share memories you have of your time with our sweet Catherine.

  • Janice Phelps 
    • $100 
    • 14 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 15 mos
  • Michael Calcutt 
    • $100 
    • 15 mos
  • Falesha Thrash 
    • $250 
    • 16 mos
  • Sharon Cooke 
    • $50 
    • 16 mos
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Marie-Claire Serou 
New Orleans, LA

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