Enid Valerie Kulesh
March 24, 1934 – July 11, 2019
Enid Valerie Kulesh passed away on July 11, 2019 in Chilliwack, BC.
Enid loved her 3 children, her grandkids, great grandkids and the many, many children that she taught in Chilliwack over the years. She considered herself one of the more fortunate people in the world, for she absolutely loved teaching. She was grateful for the contact it allowed her with the many school families that she had met in Chilliwack.
Thanks to all the friends and families who worked with her over the years, and to those who helped with her interesting endeavors throughout her retirement. Certainly many thanks to those who helped her in her last few years. She appreciated your friendship so much!
Enid's wishes are for a private family goodbye. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Stephen Lewis's 'Grandmothers' to Grandmothers' (to assist Grandmothers in Africa to look after their orphaned grandchildren). Enid's feeling was that today's African grannies are the true heroines of this world.
While wondering through the woodlands, I paused for reflection … Irregular, not ordered lines, to me means perfection. Surrounded by woodland and ferns, I find peace, for nature is around me, a true masterpiece. The ferns are nurtured at Mother Earth's breast - so is it any wonder that they stay closely pressed to their mother, who tenderly gives them her care. And they, in return become curls for her hair. Their green blend with changing hues of each day; mauves, golds, ochers and yes even gray. Dapples of sunlight fall into the brush - all so beautiful - there in the hush. Sometimes raindrops glisten, some times the dew, but these just serve to intensify the hues of the lovely shapes set out for display … of ferns (and wee creatures) in their world today. Each fern frond is the same, yet really not so, for each is an individual and does separately grow to become its own shape; each shows beauty and grace. So please, when I move on, my perfect resting place would be under a fern, where I'll have time for reflection at Heaven's door, amid Nature's perfection! Written by Enid Kulesh
- Come and Go Celebration of Life Saturday, August 24, 2019
Enid Valerie Kulesh
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July 26, 2019
I worked with Enid at Robertson Elementary School for at least 10 years. I saw her daily because her classroom was across the hall from mine and I grew to admire and love her greatly.
She was a little ball of fire with endless energy, enthusiasm, and dedication....but she was also a good listener and encourager. She was firm in her beliefs, very artistic and creative, and had a good sense of humor. After I moved away, I received letters from Enid. I can still visualize her handwriting in my mind....beautiful and crafted like art work.
She left the world a better place and made a positive difference in the lives of many people...including mine!
July 25, 2019
In 1972, Enid welcomed me into her classroom as a parent helper and I was privileged to see her ‘in action’ She was able to encourage and bring out the best in every child. Her own curiosity was contagious and she had a special ability for making any situation a teaching moment. It seems appropriate that in her final writings she is encouraging us to look closely at the world around us ...a teaching moment not missed!
Mary Ellen Fast/Thio
July 25, 2019
There are so many cherished memories of time spent with you, carving pumpkins in the classroom, making endless amounts of gingerbread cookies at Christmas in the classroom, the school plays and the end of school parties at my house. You were an amazing teacher and my children, Tom, Katherine and Travis loved you.
Then there was greeting you in South Africa for your six week visit. What a wonderful time we had traveling to Kruger Park and to the coast.
Your enthusiasm for life and the wonderful way you accepted everyone into your heart made Chilliwack a better place in which to live. Your light shawn so bright and I loved you so very much.
My condolences to your beautiful family.
Love, Mary Ellen and Tom, Katherine and Travis Fast
July 24, 2019
I first came to know Enid when I was teaching her son, Ross. She was such a supportive parent and, as I found out when we taught at Central and again when she taught the Charleston to a group of eager Junior High students, an extremely well rounded, talented, encouraging, supportive and excellent teacher.
While Enid's talents were many, her strengths were in her ready smile, her big heart and the fact she always had time to listen.
My sympathies go out to her family and many friends. May Enid find her special place under the ferns.
July 21, 2019
I taught with Enid at Robertson Elementary. At that time, she taught Grade 1 and I taught Grade 2. I have to say that Enid was a Master Teacher in so many ways. She was always ahead of her time, and was so dedicated to her job. She taught with her heart. Enid was so creative, and had a tremendous influence in my development as a teacher. She was a natural, a born teacher. Enid was very kind, and I am so saddened to hear of her passing. My condolences to her family.
July 20, 2019
Enid was truly a light in our world and will be missed indeed. I'm glad I got to meet her through ukulele group and friends of the library. Enid connected with others at our common essence and so she remains a part of us all. May we reflect her light in our individual lives.
My condolences to her family and many friends.
July 18, 2019
I recall the first year we met Enid, she became a life long friend to my entire family.
Jason, our oldest had been attending Enid's kindergarten class for over a month and one day he decided he would no longer go to school. I took him to the school that morning and he would have nothing to do with it. Enid was at the door to the classroom and she held onto Jason as I went back to the car.
Jason had a grip on the door and Enid was holding him horizontally. He kept pulling at the door and Enid held fast.
"Dad, don't go" he called out pulling so hard his head popped pass the edge of the door.
Still Enid held fast.
Once again, Jason pulled with all his might. His head popping past the edge of the door once more. "Dad don't go, we can be friends!"
All of us chuckle when we recall that day.
Jason, Steve, Rachel, Nadine and Carl will miss you but you are forever with us, you will never be forgotten, Thank you for being our friend.
July 17, 2019
I was so saddened to hear of Enids passing I had just met her through the walking group and I was looking forward to getting to know her better such a genuine person.
To her family my condolences I am truly sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing the poem she wrote it was beautiful.