Today is a very sad day.
With great regret and tears in our eyes, we say goodbye to our beloved Angelika. We say goodbye to a committed and devoted teacher, friend and colleague. A beautiful, wise woman, always understanding, full of youthful optimism and kindness.
We met Angelika Draga (née Okrzesik) seven years ago, as a young, just twenty-something, smiling and vigorous, graduate of the University of Silesia. She started working at our School as a teacher of Mathematics and Computer Science in English. From the very first days of her work, she gained the love of so many of us, respect among students and recognition among superiors. Despite her young age and little professional experience, she made herself known to all of us as a committed and competent Teacher, demanding, but full of understanding and empathy; brilliant, full of humor and emanating with good energy. Partner of endless conversations in the staff room, giving everyone around her youthful smile.
The illness made itself known unexpectedly. After only two years of our relationship, we stopped seeing Angelika every day in school halls, in school corridors, in our teacher's room and during our joint celebrations. Months and years passed by. Five years of struggle, months of hope, days of optimism, weeks of struggle, moments of great encouragement and moments of great anxiety... We stayed in touch all the time. We met, talked to each other, wrote to each other, and sometimes let us know about mutual memory and sympathy with a simple, though much important for us, heart on Facebook. We waited for Angelika's return and we kept our fingers crossed.
This was not how it was supposed to end...
Now, when there is no more pain, when the fear is gone, and when there is no need to worry or be afraid anymore, you can, Dear Angelika, go on your way. Travel to School where you will teach the most beautiful, thrilling, longest and sweetest Math lesson ever. And in the school benches, in front of you, only shining heavenly Angels will sit.
Angelika Draga, née Okrzesik, a teacher at the Complex of Private Schools in Katowice, at the age of 31, passed away yesterday after a long and serious illness. We ask her husband, family and all of Angelika's relatives to accept our sincere and heartfelt expressions of sympathy. Angelika's farewell ceremony will begin with Holy Mass at the Co-Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Żywiec, next Tuesday at 13:30.BACK