WINDSOR — A memorial service for Victor E. Kalina, 68, formerly of Killington, who died Oct. 4 at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., was held Oct. 11 at the Old South Congregational Church in Windsor. Rev. Amanda Lape Freeberg, pastor, officiated. Committal services will be held at a later date, at the convenience of the family.
He was born May 6, 1945, in Englewood, N.J., the son of Milton and Esther (Kaplan) Kalina.
He received his schooling in Englewood, N.J., and graduated from Dwight Morrow High School in 1963. He graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Hackensack, N.J. in 1969.
He married his first wife, Jane Meyerson, in 1971 in Westport, Conn.
As a teenager, he was introduced to Vermont as part of a ski club from New York/New Jersey. This led to a job at the Trailside School in Killington, where he ran outdoor experiential education programs on a school bus throughout the United States. After the Trailside School was sold to the Audubon Institute, he bought the Trailside Lodge and later developed the Inn of the Six Mountains at Killington.
He served as chairman of the Killington Planning Commission and as a member of the Killington Chamber of Commerce.
He was an avid hiker and skier, and enjoyed biking, cooking and traveling.
He volunteered at the Montshire Museum, the Listen Center, and the Vermont Epilepsy Foundation for several years. He was an advocate for the Brain Injury Support Group and a part of the Appalachian Mountain Club. He also volunteered at the Lebanon Opera House.
He married Stephanie Eleftherakis on June 25, 2005, at the Inn of the Six Mountains in Killington.
Survivors include his wife, Stephanie Kalina of Windsor; a son, Benjamin Kalina of Philadelphia, Pa.; a daughter, Emily Kalina of Boston, Mass.; two grandchildren; three stepdaughters, Rebecca Eleftherakis of Hartland, Jasmine Partharsarthy of Wolburn, Mass., and Christa Eleftherakis of Caracas, Venezuela; a sister, Joan Wiener of Atlanta, Ga.; his former wife, Jane Brodwyn of Northampton, Mass.; two nieces and several cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents; and a brother, Michael Kalina.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Expedition Education Institute, PO Box 972, Belfast, ME 04915.
The Knight Funeral Home in Windsor handled arrangements.
This obituary first appeared in the October 17, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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