Let the memory of Irisha be with us forever
  • 30 years old
  • Born on August 24, 1980 in Ukraine.
  • Passed away on August 24, 2010 in Nepal.

 Irisha is here with us, in our hearts, in our lives, forever.

 This is the place where you can read about her, look at her pictures and videos, listen to the music that she liked.

  Please leave your tribute below, light your candle for her. Also, please add your story, picture, memory about Irisha. Every memory is precious, please share!


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Posted by Genya Kostareva on 24th August 2011
Irochka, s Dnem Rozhdeniya. A year has passed, but it seems that just yesterday you were here. Wishing you and your family peace. Thinking of you.
Posted by Marianna Shamis on 24th August 2011
Irishka, missing you so much. Happy Birthday dear sis. You are always here, in my heart, in my thoughts, in my life. Can't believe a whole year has passed. A whole year of pain and tears. Feels like yesterday we said our goodbyes. Rest in peace, beautiful soul.
Posted by Isana Gitsis on 24th August 2011
Irisha, its been a year and I still think of you every single day. Despite your seemingly momentary presence in my life, you made an impact deeper than words can express. You are forever extraordinary. Much love and strength to your family.
Posted by Filinto Diouf on 24th August 2011
We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend. So long as we love, we serve; so long as we are loved by others, I should say that we are almost indispensable; and no man is useless while he has a friend.
Posted by Ninel Kotlyar on 24th August 2011
Tanyusha, thinking about you and your family and sending you blessings and love. I am with my special son until the middle of September. Will see you soon. Call me if you need to talk. Love, Nella
Posted by Carmen Whitelock on 24th August 2011
Irina was a year behind me in high school. I only have just learned of her passing, and was brought instantly to tears watching her photo memorial that is here. I can remember her in high school. She always had kind words for anyone who came in contact with her. Rest well Irina.
Posted by Sofiya And Yanmark Franks... on 24th August 2011
Трагический день заволакивается пеленой времени,блокируется памятью. Его и вспоминать,и осознавать так не хочется. А ты,Ирочка,стоишь как живая перед глазами такая,какой мы тебя помним и любим.Т&Б,прошлое вернуть нельзя,но сегодняшний день мы переживаем с вами.Дай вам Бог здоровья и сил...
Posted by Gita Natovich on 24th August 2011
Not one day passes where i dont think of you. i am grateful to have known you. you left a foot print in my life, which will always be there. i just pray for peace for your family.
Posted by Tatyana Shekhets on 24th August 2011
Ирочка, cегодня день твоего рождения. Я зажигаю свечу для тебя и в память о тебе. Прошел год, и каждый день этого года ты была с нами, и будешь с нами всегда... I am lighting this Birthday candle for you and in memory of you. You are with us, and will be with us forever…
Posted by Valerie Khmelnitsky on 24th August 2011
С днем рождения, дорогой друг..........
Posted by Lori Michael on 24th August 2011
We were neighbors for a brief time, but most certainly a memorable. The chats we used to have. While living in Jeonju and trying to deal with your loss, I made a literary magazine in your honor. The money I recieved for it all went to help orphaned children in Asia. For you:http://www.youtube.com/wa
Posted by Ben Vizlakh on 24th August 2011
I hope you are at peace with yourself, and with g0d, and with the world, and I just wanted to let you know, that I will always love, cherish, and treasure you, for the rest of my life, and even after that. RIP. люблю ♥ Happy Birthday ♥
Posted by Ben Vizlakh on 24th August 2011
Ira, it's been exactly 1 year since the tragedy. We miss you with all our hearts. I truly miss you, my dear cousin, and love you with all my heart. You have always been there, since the day I was born. I love you so much, and you will always be in my heart.
Posted by Ninel Kotlyar on 1st June 2011
Irochka, I never met you but I saw how bright your soul is and I know how much you are loved. You will be missed. With love and gratitude, Nella Kotlyar
Posted by Marion Taylor on 7th December 2010
Tonight I have lit a second candle next to the one that constantly burns in memory of my son Jeremy who died in the Agni Air accident with Irisha. Our thoughts and prayers are with you who mourn because of this terrible tragedy. May Jeremy, Irisha and the others who died that morning rest in peace.
Posted by Tatyana Shekhets on 5th October 2010
Irusha, my happiness, my irreversible loss... Today is 30 days since our saying farewell to you and 40 days since your departure. For 30 years you were giving light to all, every day you delighted us with your ideas, turning your dreams into realities. You strove to get the top of the world and there your life was cut short. You are our Angel forever. You burned too bright; you've gone too fast...
Posted by Marianna Shamis on 23rd September 2010
Иришка. Ты есть, ты здесь, ты рядом. Я чувствую тебя. Как я хочу обнять тебя, приласкать, удержать и защитить. Ты звёздочка, ты лучик солнышка пробивающийся сквозь листву, ты белое облачко. Ты бабочкой залетаешь ко мне в дом, ты птицей поёшь на нашем дереве. Какое счастье быть твоей сестрой. А сердце разрывается на куски. Я закрываю глаза и вдыхаю тебя. Ты со мной. И я улыбаюсь сквозь слёзы.
Posted by E. Brown on 14th September 2010
I have never known you, Irina, yet tragically your death lightened up my world. Having found this tribute on the internet, I simply have to leave my homage. You died doing something that excited you, something that made you feel alive. You streaked through this life like a comet lighting up so many lives. You will be forever young and beautiful. The gift of knowing you must have been amazing. The agony your family is going through is excruciating. Their wound will never heal. Look over them wherever you are. I want to upload a picture of Mt Everest. I’m sure you see it much better now, but please accept this as a sign of my respect, the eternal flame, a menorah in your honor. You will always live in the hearts of those who love you. Happy trails to you, girl.
Posted by Bella Kavalerchik on 11th September 2010
It is impossible to believe that Ira is not with us anymore. It hurts so much! The only way to get through the pain and sorrow is to know that she is in a better world and happy there. Tanya, Boris, Masha, Felix, Gena, Lena, Alex and cousins, please always remember that. From now on Ira will be your guardian angel and always be remembered by everyone who knew and loved her.
Posted by Marna Daynovsky on 9th September 2010
Marina Daynovsky Tanya, Boris, Genochka, Masha and family! Our hearts are with you, I cannot stop ctying for Iroshka, she will be terribly missed by hundreds of people who loved her. She is in Heaven now and prayng for us.
Posted by Alex Kostovetsky on 9th September 2010
We pray that your soul will rest in piece and your parents will find solice in knowing how many people loved you and share their loss.
Posted by Michael Gorvitz on 9th September 2010
Dear Borya and Tanya, Please have our deepest condolences. We will always remember your wonderful daughter. Lina, Michael
Posted by Ella Kushnir on 7th September 2010
I am a friend of Mikhail Mizikov who is a good friend of the family. We live in Australia and have never met Irisha, but when I heard about this terrible tragedy, I coudn't stop crying. I pray for the family...
Posted by Zhenya Pugach on 7th September 2010
Dear Boris, Tatyana, Masha and Gena, With an unbearable pain in my heart, I am mourning Ira's death. Nothing will compensate for your irreversable loss. You might find a tiny bit of consolation in that Ira has a lot of friends and fans who will keep the brightest and kindest memories of her. Please know that Irka's friends are your friends, and we are here to provide help and support.
Posted by Sofiya And Yanmark Franks... on 7th September 2010
Ирочка, вот ты уже и дома... Светлым, ласковым лучом коснулась ты многих, исчезла яркой, падающей звёздочкой в пасмурном, хмуром небе, оставив нам звенящую пустоту, скорбь невообразимой утраты и вечную память о себе. Мы верим, что твоя мечущаяся душа обрела покой. Ты - белая птица в кругу своей стаи...
Posted by Eugene Eydlin on 6th September 2010
You've always been reaching for the stars, and now you've become one. G-d bless your family.
Posted by Julia Oleinik on 6th September 2010
Dear Boris and Tatyana, I'd like to extend my deepest symphathies to all your family. I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you.
Posted by Anna Smirnov Rozentul on 6th September 2010
Such a short but wonderful life. She is still with us-- in our minds and in our hearts.
Posted by Alex Ryaboy on 5th September 2010
Irisha… my friend, cousin, teacher and inspiration. I'm not great with words, and with you i never had to use many, you always understood me. You became an integral part of my family and my life. I loved coming over your place just to hang out, and my house would always get a bit warmer when you visited. My brain is flooded with many beautiful memories of us laughing and singing. It’s difficult to accept that from now on this will be our only way of communicating… I’m really gonna miss you buddy. Thank you for everything. Love, Alyunya
Posted by Anna Marfin on 5th September 2010
I love you Irka!
Posted by Laima Varaniukaite on 5th September 2010
Dear Tatyana, I am shocked and grief stricken to learn of Irina's death, and express profound sorrow and condolences for you and your family.
Posted by Michael & Mariya Kliss on 4th September 2010
Dear Boris, Tatyana, family. In this time of unbearable tragedy we're sending our deepest condolences, our sympathy and support.
Posted by Francis Tramutolo on 4th September 2010
Mr. & Mrs Shekhets, I can not beleive the news I received today. The loss of your daughter, who I have known for over 17 years is so upsetting to my family & I. I only wish that your pain will ease as the beautiful memories of your daughter grows. May God Bless Your Family With Deepest Sympathy, Mr. Francis B. Tramutolo
Posted by Vera Shekhets on 3rd September 2010
Irisha, Even though you are not here with us, we feel your presence daily. Your beautiful soul touches us even though our eyes do not meet. We miss you and love you and know you are in the air, breathing over us and guiding our journey. You were, and always will be, perfect in every way, a memory that will never fade. Fly free, Irisha. Love, Vera, Elina & Leonid Shekhets
Posted by Stella Goldengur on 2nd September 2010
Ira, will always remember amazing you. My deepest condolensces to the Shekhets & Shamis families
Posted by Alex Vladimirsky on 2nd September 2010
Дорогие Боря и Таня! Дай Вам Б-г силы пережить эту непоправимую утрату. Больно и несправедливо... Скорблю с Вами
Posted by Jennifer Feldsher on 1st September 2010
Irachka: It is unimaginable that you are gone. You welcomed me into your group and into your life with open arms and I was so happy to have had you as my friend all of these years. I will always remember your happiness, your unforgettable smile, and your kindness! You are indelibly etched in my mind and my heart. I am sad for a world without you....z"l You will be missed.
Posted by Guy Beider on 1st September 2010
Irka, Chudo, Azay-Mazay, Zayka, Azyusha, Lapundra, Karapuzina, Zyakinsun... I call this funny names, but hear the reply only in my imagination. You gave me so much love, You were so good to me, You are my best teacher, the one that I am gonna love forever. Be with God now, be the light, be the Love.
Posted by Alex Kalinsky on 1st September 2010
Ira - it is tough to comprehend a world in which you do not exist and so sad to realize I will never get lost in your eyes again. I will remember you as you always were - smiling, singing Beatles songs, caring about everyone around you and ready for anything. I am very lucky to have known you. My deepest condolensces to the Shekhets/Shamis families. AK
Posted by Ira Ornes on 31st August 2010
Ira
Remember you forever...beatiful, shiny and happy young woman... You are always in my mind, saying me that life is short, enjoy it today, tommorow may not come...
Posted by Jim OBrien on 31st August 2010
Irina... I feel blessed that our paths crossed through ICS and JPM CI. Thyda and I have to continue eating Koyzina-esque salads and oatmeal to stay healthy... but you'll forever be young.. forever beautiful. Thank you for the memories.
Posted by Tatyana Lomberg on 30th August 2010
Dear Irisha! I will never forget the day when we took the bus together to Fair Lawn, the crazy 5-toed Vibrams that you wore, causing me to buy myself a pair, the Zumba class that your sister was teaching and to which you were so eager to get to. I still have your cell # that you gave me, but now you'll never answer it. I will miss you always. My heart goes out to the Shekhets-Shamis family.
Posted by Anna Marfin on 29th August 2010
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvNoctAa6HI
Posted by Arseny Ratmansky on 29th August 2010
Ira, there was something about your smile and eyes that was warming and magnetic. I will miss seeing new pictures of you in random parts of my photo albums, they just will not be the same without these unique rays of sunshine. Memories of you are with me as I take from the past different moments that we shared together. CEHE4KA
Posted by Shai Shperber on 29th August 2010
Ira I look on your pictures again and again. You were a pretty little girl, and now you are a beautiful woman. You will forever stay beautiful and young. You will forever look on us and smile your quiet smile. And we will always remember you and keep you in our hearts. I love you and your wonderful family, and I cry with them.
Posted by Olga Khodosh on 29th August 2010
Ira had such a wonderful smile-so open, so happy to see and explore the world around her. She felt everything at such a deep level, she was just an unbelievably amazing person. My heart goes out to the Shekhets-Shamis family. Please know that many people loved her and will always keep memories of her in their hearts.
Posted by Gita Natovich on 28th August 2010
Ira, You always had such an appetite for LIFE. For living, and for achieving; FOR ALWAYS BEING THE BEST AND THE CENTER. I will greatly miss you. Please watch over your family at this hard time. You are in my heart always -G
Posted by Alex Malinsky on 28th August 2010
Ira, while you no longer are with us on this earth, I know that you are in a better place, where your soul will rest and your beautiful spirit will live on forever. The light of life that you sparked in every one of our hearts will glow on for as long as it possibly can and you will never be forgotten. M.
Posted by Gila Primak on 28th August 2010
I only met you once. In the forest. Walking. And you made such a lovely impression. I remember you so well. You really are a special soul. I wished you luck in everything. I had meant it. I'm sorry you were taken away from this earth so early. But I know that you have given it a lot in your short time here. It pains me to write this. I hope you can give your family strength...
Posted by Iryna Filvarova on 27th August 2010
Мы видели Ирочку однажды - в мае 2009. Эти строчки посвящаются ей, ее близким, всем кто знал и любил ее. "Ты - рядом, где-то очень рядом... Глядишь на нас лучистым взглядом И улыбаешься... Но ни дотронуться рукою, Ни заглянуть в твои глаза Теперь нельзя... Ты - с нами, мы - всегда с тобою... И тихо катиться слеза..." Ира и Виталий

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