For­mer teacher and ad­ven­turer passes away

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FOR­MER Kiewa Val­ley woman Kaya Chlop­icki has been re­mem­bered as a unique and spe­cial soul fol­low­ing her pass­ing on June 28.

Born Kay My­ers on Septem­ber 2, 1939, she grew up in Paign­ton, South De­von, Eng­land with her two sis­ters Jean and Dawn and lived a sim­ple life with much care for her younger sis­ter and mother.

At 18, she mar­ried An­toni Chlop­icki and two years later had her first child Irena with a sec­ond daugh­ter Ly­dia and a son Ju­lian fol­low­ing.

In 1965 she im­mi­grated to Aus­tralia with her young fam­ily, to be closer to her Pol­ish rel­a­tives.

Once she adapted to life in Aus­tralia she be­gan school teach­ing to those that needed ex­tra help and then be­came an ESL teacher where she was truly loved by all chil­dren and their fam­i­lies.

Kaya al­ways took the ex­tra time and care to meet the chil­dren where they were at, tak­ing time and find­ing ways to meet their in­di­vid­ual needs.

She also be­friended many nuns and priests within the com­mu­nity.

Kaya moved to Vic­to­ria in the early 1980s and built her home in the Kiewa Val­ley at Co­ral Bank.

She fell in love with the moun­tains and the sim­ple coun­try life and con­tin­ued teach­ing over many years.

She also trav­elled to Nepal and trekked the Hi­malayas, vis­ited the re­mote Mentawi is­lands, cy­cled tan­dem through many Euro­pean coun­tries to raise money for World Vi­sion while also en­joy­ing ab­seiled, hik­ing and swim­ming.

Kaya was blessed with five grand­chil­dren who she adored and later in life spent much of her time in By­ron Bay where her daugh­ter Ly­dia lived.

“She loved to spend time on the beach wan­der­ing bare­foot along the seashore with the fresh ocean breeze,” Ly­dia said.

“Mum loved to sing praises and cel­e­brate the beauty of god’s cre­ation, she had a deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion of na­ture, the birdlife, the flow­ers and trees and the peace it brought.

“As a mother she was so kind, she was fun and play­ful, colour­ful and dif­fer­ent.”

In her last few years af­ter los­ing a close friend and then her beloved son Ju­lian, her health and well­be­ing de­te­ri­o­rated.

She resided in Hawthorn Vil­lage in Bright for just over two years and en­joyed daily walks to the river­side and parks.

She was a lover of ice cream and said when she died she just wanted a bub­ble and ice cream party.

“She de­cided she would get ready for the party early and so would make sure she had an ice cream of­ten,” Ly­dia said.

“We plan to place a plaque in her honour on a bench in Mt Beauty, some­place where friends may sit and take time to re­mem­ber her and maybe share an ice cream.”

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