Ithaca, NY Celebration of Kim’s Life

25 Jul

A celebration of Kim’s life will take place at Stewart Park, on Sunday August 3rd at 9am in Ithaca, NY. The setting will be informal and surrounded by nature in front of Kim’s favorite place (Cayuga Lake). Please bring blankets or lawn chairs if you would like to sit. 

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Kimberly Marie Kathan Pijanowski, a mother, teacher, scholar, and yogi, died on Thursday, July 17th, 2014 at 9:04 pm surrounded by friends and family. It is often a custom to announce the passing of someone who dies from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) by saying that today, “she won her battle with ALS” but Kim won her battle with ALS long before her last breath. She chose to banish fear and embrace each moment of her life as sacred. She opened her heart and continued to forge new and deeper friendships throughout her illness. She doggedly sought ways to improve towards becoming the person she aspired to be. In short, she rejected the notion that she should be defined as someone who was dying and instead embraced the life of someone who was living with a terminal disease.

Kim always found a way to take the ordinary opportunities in her life and shape them into an extraordinary experience…

People often study hard; Kim almost always got the highest grade in the class.

People go on vacations; Kim took a year off to hike national parks and ski out west.

People vote; Kim quit her job and helped Hillary Clinton get elected.

People visit Washington DC; Kim went to the White House Christmas party.

People learn how their government works; Kim was paid by the United States Congress to learn how the government works through a prestigious Madison Fellowship.

People take a yoga class; Kim lived at the Kripalu Yoga Center to learn how to teach yoga.

People are not afraid to look silly dancing at weddings; Kim did an imitation of the Elaine dance from Seinfeld that would bring the house down with laughter.

In many ways Kim did the same things other people did, she was just able to do them with more enthusiasm and less fear than most.

Kim’s legacy includes a bright, precocious son with a love of healthy food, a keen sense of adventure and Kim’s eyes, hundreds of students who were inspired to work harder and reach deep into their communities to make a difference, countless friends who carry her light in their hearts, and a loving family that raised her, supported her, and played with her all of her life, including her dear brother with whom Kim shared a bond unbounded by time or space.

She lived passionately, shared her light freely, danced wildly, cared deeply, worked intensely, and played with her heart wide open to all the possibilities that her life offered her.

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2 Responses to “Ithaca, NY Celebration of Kim’s Life”

  1. Nancy Johnson July 25, 2014 at 10:39 am #

    I’ll see you again someday, Kim. I’ll be 5’10”, 118 # and I’ll let you teach me yoga. Till then, my pretty, pretty friend……………..Nancy

  2. Carrie Ostrander July 25, 2014 at 7:59 pm #

    Those of us left behind will miss you terribly. May you be able to rest now, unfettered by discomfort. You accomplished so much in your years…a wonderful legacy for your son. Love and Godspeed. Carrie, Art, Phil, Betsy Ostrander

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