Pat was one of the first people to welcome me into the goat group back some fifteen years ago. She was a sweet fireball of a little woman who reminded me strongly of my own grandmother Pat - generous, talented, strong-willed, and prone to childlike wonderment when pleasant surprises appeared. She supported the goat group as a secretary and meeting-host, was a full member of Waterford Weavers, and kept a full farm going while also nursing her husband through his initial stages of Alzheimer's disease before succumbing to dementia, herself.
Patricia (Van Hyning) Kalitka, 81, of Paeonian Springs, Virginia, died December 4, 2016 in Vienna, Virginia. She passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, in the company of those who loved her, and those she loved.
Pat was born to the late Howard and Anne (Shaw) Van Hyning, on November 22, 1935, in Clearwater, Florida. Pat graduated from Clearwater High School in 1954, where she was active in the arts and music, and a member of several school choral groups. She was passionate about singing, music and the arts, and pursued these interests at Florida State University, from which she graduated with a B.A. in Arts and Science, Literature of the Western Cultures, in 1959. Pat was an active member of the Choral Union at FSU, and a broadcaster for WFSU-FM Radio.
Pat married Peter Kalitka in Berlin, West Germany in 1962, and eventually settled with their son, John, in Reston, Virginia. Years later, in 1994, she and Pete established Edenwald Farm in Paeonian Springs, where they raised angora goats, sheep and llamas, and kept several horses. Pat was a wonderful friend to animals, especially horses, and was well known for her talents in producing fine wools and yarns from the livestock at Edenwald Farm. Pat was a member of several local and regional groups and guilds promoting the fiber arts, including the Waterford Weavers Guild.
Pat will be missed for her kindness, compassion, and her friendly praise and encouragement of others. She is survived by her son John, daughter-in-law Andrea, and grandchildren Peter, Andrew and Anna Kalitka, of Arlington, Virginia.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA), or Capital Caring (Hospice) of Falls Church, Virginia. The family also wishes to offer its gratitude and indebtedness to the staff at Vienna Manor in Vienna, Virginia, and Capital Caring (Hospice) for their compassionate care and professionalism.
A viewing will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at the Colonial Funeral Home of Leesburg, Virginia. Burial will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date. She will be buried alongside her husband of 51 years, who died in 2014.