Dear all, 

We promised we would let you know arrangements for Maria's funeral as we finalised them. We now have some more clarity on timings, which can also be found on the website we have created:

Maria's funeral will be held at 2pm on Friday, 26th June 2015 at Fulham New (North Sheen) Cemetery, London. 

The address is:

Fulham New Cemetery

Mortlake Road/Lower Richmond Road


Following the service, the funeral reception will be held at Bloom restaurant on Fulham Palace Road, between 4pm - 6pm. The full address is 399 Fulham Palace Road, Fulham, London, SW6 6TA. 

Thank you so much for all your kind messages, thoughts and cards. They have meant a great deal to us. 


Andrey, Denny and Gigi Jicheva


Maria Jisheva 2005 SE Congress


We heard today that Maria Jicheva passed away this weekend of the cancer she had been struggling with such courage and dignity, without moaning, showing or complaining; with so much courage that to some of us, unaware of the suffering she has been facing, so fiercely hidden behind her smile, her warmth, in Tallinn and elsewhere, her much too early departure comes as real shock, and unprepared as we were will take time to realize.

Our deep sympathy goes to her daughter, her family, her friends and her colleagues. We share your grief and your sorrow.

Our sympathy goes to Francien from the Netherlands, to Alexanderfrom Germany who were presidents of SIETAR Europa just before and just after : SIETAR Presidents work hand in hand and they did, in the three years she served as Sietar Europa president from 2004 to 2007 : She was a very remarkable person, agood friend and a reliable, motivating and inspiring colleague to many of us. And yes, the “Queen of Diplomacy” was a title she truly deserved.” The Queen of Diplomacy, thus she will be remembered. Please be assured that we DO share your grief

Our sympathy goes to our and her colleagues, our and her so many friends from Sofia and from SIETAR Bulgaria, she was such a very active contributor and president; and to her colleagues in the UK where she had recently settled.

Our sympathy also goes to the many Sietarians from all over who worked shared, built with Maria – “She was so generous, so inspiring” -contributed to her many a project, adding stepping stones together to a better understanding and to higher respect of mankind.

PEACE be with her!


Claude Bourgeois, Sietar Europa president


**A collect is being organized for the funeral. The very numerous portraits and messages we receive from all over Europe will be gathered into a memory booklet for her family to keep.

It is with deep regret that we have to inform you of the recent passing of Maura Gallagher. She is seen below (standing in white jacket) with Alice Davis (seated), Acting President of SIETAR Ireland.

Maura was a long-standing member of SIETAR Europa and was instrumental in introducing many people in Ireland and the UK to SIETAR. She was a founding member of SIETAR Ireland. Maura died in Ireland on July 27, 2014 and was buried a few days later. We honour her memory with appreciation for the contribution she made to SIETAR.

Maura Gallagher in White Jacket With Alice Davis Acting Predsident of SIETAR Ireland