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Suzanne Ellen LaPlaca

December 30, 1940 ~ July 12, 2020 (age 79)


Suzanne “Sue” Ellen LaPlaca, 79, of Stevensville, MI (formerly of Chicago) passed away Sunday July 12, 2020 at Pine Ridge Nursing Center, Stevensville.

Sue was born on December 30, 1940 in Chicago, the daughter of the late Edward and Lillian (Hodgson) Sweeney.  Sue was a Registered Nurse at St. Bernard Hospital, Chicago, working in the neonatal unit. She met Dr. Gerald LaPlaca, a graduate from Northwestern University, during his undergraduate work at Loyola University. She married Gerald on June 23, 1962. He preceded her in death on July 16, 1989.  After nursing, she enjoyed reading and the arts. An artist herself, needlepoint and textile arts were especially appealing to her, as was jewelry design. She also had a fondness for mystery and sci-fi literature.

Survivors include a son: David (Tim Irwin) LaPlaca; daughter: Denise (Anthony) Miceli; grandchildren: Jonathan, Joseph, Anthony and Grace Miceli; sister: Sherry Lawrence.

Sue will be interred next to Gerald at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, 87th Street and S. Hamlin Avenue, Evergreen Park, Illinois. Due to the extraordinary circumstances we are in living in, this will be a private service.

Online condolences accepted at In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that memorial contributions be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Arrangements entrusted to Pike Funeral and Cremation Services, the Boyd Chapel,  9191 Red Arrow Highway, Bridgman. 


Private Service

St. Mary Catholic Cemetery
87th Street and S. Hamlin Avenue
Evergreen Park, Illinois 60805

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