Nada Lillian Kovalik|
February 19, 1926 ~ February 17, 2012
PACIFIC GROVE - Living in Pacific Grove for almost fifty years, Nada Kovalik was a dedicated advocate, friend, mother and grandmother. Her gentle but determined spirit was evident in all her dealings with family, colleagues, neighbors and friends. Her belief that one should be "kinder than necessary" was made manifest in the interactions of her daily life.
Nada Skidmore was born in St Catharines, Ontario, but spent most of her youth in the Pacific Northwest after moving to Portland Oregon at age five. While earning her degree in journalism at Stanford University she served as editor of the Stanford Daily. As a senior, she was invited to live in the Stanford President's house, an honor bestowed upon one student each year. She soon traveled to Europe as a social worker and fell in love with a Czech refugee in a Displaced Persons camp near Munich, Germany. She married Vladimir Kovalik in 1950 and they returned to live in California. Nada worked as a reporter and editor while starting a family and then cofounded Wilderness World, a river rafting company, with her husband. They owned the family business for sixteen years, developing a large circle of friends and building a legacy of respect for rivers and all of the environment.
Nada never stopped writing articles for newspapers and magazines and co-authored two books on oceanography with her husband. She worked for many years at CTB McGraw-Hill as an editor and had recently put the finishing touches on a Young Adult novel about the Modoc Indian Wars.
After retirement, Nada relished traveling much of the world with her family and close friends. This included three months in China as a guest editor of the China Daily. Her volunteering activities included Sierra Club, Hospice of the Central Coast and John Twenty Third Aids Ministry. In the many arenas of her life, including the arts, politics and travel, Nada touched countless people with her kindness, intelligence and compassion. The family she leaves behind includes her children, Kim, Kyle (Karen) and Karen (Mike) Kovalik; grandchildren, Bryce, Leslie, Vladimir, Aidan and Kelsey and step grandchildren Tanish and Luke.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date.
Donations in Nada's honor may be made to John XXIII or Planned Parenthood.
Published in The Monterey Herald from Feb. 24 to Feb. 26, 2012