In memory of
Anita M. LaPlaca CAPE MAY POINT We remember the life and spirit of Anita LaPlaca, age 66, who died peacefully at her home in Cape May Point, NJ, on July 11, 2016. Having lived in many places in the U.S. and enjoying extensive international travel for both work and pleasure, Anita became a year round resident in this small hamlet nine years ago. She was eager to live in a tranquil environment where she would be close to the beach and nature, learn about migratory wildlife, and witness fabulous sunsets. Anita was predeceased by her parents, Salvator and Jeanne LaPlaca, of Princeton, NJ. She is survived by her sister, Geraldine LaPlaca, of Lambertville, NJ, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Born and raised in Princeton, NJ, Anita attended St. Francis Nursing School in Trenton, NJ., where she began a career in clinical care nursing that spanned 30 years. As a registered nurse, she worked in a variety of large, inner city, critical care hospitals on the East Coast. She used her energy and talents successfully while staffing emergency rooms, intensive and cardiac care units, and local community clinics. Anita spent two years working for the Indian Health Service on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Her time spent with the Sioux Tribe people stimulated her interest in learning about the culture and traditional teachings of a population with a deep ancestral history and connection to the earth. Anita had a love of languages and learned to speak Spanish fluently. Combined with her nursing expertise, she participated in several international medical mission trips to Haiti, Ecuador, and The Yucatan state of Mexico. She loved traveling to unique locations and visiting small villages where she could serve the indigenous people while learning about their culture. Eventually, Anita left the traditional nursing path, becoming trained and certified as a medical Spanish interpreter. For the next 15 years, she became an advocate for Spanish speaking individuals and their need to have access to a professional interpreter throughout the healthcare system. She put her language skills to work at Duke University Medical Center and in rural health clinics that served migrant farmworkers in Eastern North Carolina. In South Jersey, Anita's interpreting competence was utilized at Cape May Regional Hospital, Rainbow Pediatrics, The Wildwood School System, and in numerous medical offices. Anita was a lover and supporter of the arts wherever she lived or travelled. She was always excited to attend local and regional theaters that offered classical music, plays, and dance performances, as well as museums that highlighted the life and work of an artist. Anita loved to gather her family and friends together to share home cooked meals and stories. Anita was also an enthusiastic gardener and conservationist. She enjoyed spending time on the beach and in Cape May State Park. Memorial contributions may be sent to support one of Anitas' favorite places: NJ Audubon Society, Cape May Bird Observatory, 600 North Route 47, Cape May Courthouse, NJ, 08210-1324. Their focus is education, conservation, and recreation.
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