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In Loving Memory

Kertz, Taylor Sarie

August 11, 2001 - January 29, 2024

Taylor Sarie Kertz, a free spirit who graced our lives with her presence, left this world too soon on January 29, 2024. Born on August 11, 2001, in St. Louis, MO, Taylor was a child of nature, finding solace and joy in the mountains and beaches.

Taylor’s warm and caring nature was evident to all who knew her. She was a true angel with a heart full of love, always reaching out to lend a hand to those in need. Whether it was the homeless on the streets or children with disabilities, she had an unwavering passion for helping others. Her selflessness and empathy touched many lives, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of those she encountered.

Twin to her momma, Taylor shared an unbreakable bond with her family. The love she had for her siblings was immeasurable, and she treasured every moment spent with them. Her nurturing spirit was apparent in the way she cared for her loved ones, always putting their needs before her own. Taylor’s presence brought joy and happiness to her family, and the void left by her departure is beyond fathomable.

Friends and acquaintances were drawn to Taylor’s infectious personality and kind-hearted nature. She was loved by so many, and her impact on their lives will forever be remembered. Taylor had the remarkable ability to light up a room with her radiant smile, capable of warming even the coldest hearts. Her positivity, kindness, and optimism were contagious, and she had an incredible gift for improving the moods of those around her.

While Taylor had a heart full of love for people, she also held a deep affection for her animals. Her compassion knew no bounds, and her love for animals was a reflection of her gentle and nurturing nature.

As we gather to bid farewell to Taylor Sarie Kertz, we find solace in the knowledge that she touched the lives of so many during her brief time with us. She leaves behind a legacy of kindness, compassion, and selflessness that will continue to inspire and guide us. Taylor will forever be remembered as the best daughter, grandchild, sibling, cousin, niece, friend, and a true angel who had the remarkable ability to make this world a better place.

May her gentle soul find eternal peace, and may her memory continue to illuminate our lives. Rest in peace, dear Taylor.

Survived by: Mother: Kristen Padilla

Step-Father: Kevin Padilla

Siblings: Brooke Padilla, Hudson Padilla, Ben Kertz

Grandparents: Keith and Donna Cherry, Rick and Deneise Rock

Celebration of Life Ceremony:

  • Starts Saturday, February 17, 2024 at noon CST
  • Ends on Saturday, February 17, 2024 at 4 p.m. CST
  • Family is welcome to arrive between 11am and 12pm.

Drinks and food to follow until 4pm.

**Parking available on both sides of the building. Please carpool if possible, as parking is limited.

Venue: Conflux Co-Learning

8221 Minnesota Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63111

In lieu of flowers: To honor Taylor, the family has decided to accept donations toward her siblings, Brooke & Hudson, and their future college education. Taylor received her Associate’s Degree and was actively in pursuit of her Bachelor’s Degree. Education was important to Taylor and she was passionate about a future in helping children with special needs.


These donations will help support her siblings in their educational pursuits, something Taylor would have wanted. She loved being a sister and seeing her siblings happy and thriving was very important to her.


Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Donations can be made on Go Fund Me at this link: https://gofund.me/e06eb5aa


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