Eleanor Marie Plachta

November 22, 1921February 4, 2019

Eleanor Marie Plachta, recently of Nanticoke, and formerly of Oakland, Md. and Adelphi, Md., passed away on February 4, 2019 in Salisbury with a daughter by her side. She was 97. Born November 22, 1921 in Athol, Mass., she was the daughter of the late Peter Vareika and Valeria Vareika Mikutaitis. She was preceded in death by husband Chester Plachta and one brother, Donald Vareika. Mrs. Plachta was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Salisbury, and a former volunteer at the West Side Fire Department, Bivalve. She is survived by one son, Walter Plachta and wife Beverly Plachta of Nanticoke; three daughters, Cynthia Stacy and husband Marshall Stacy, of Swanton, Md., Nance Plachta, of Austell, Ga., and Dorothy Davis and husband James Davis, of Elizabeth City, N.C.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. With a unique sense of personal style, she favored well-tailored classic clothes and was well recognized for her elegant fedoras. She enjoyed entertaining and was an ardent fan of playing games – from cards with neighborhood ladies to party and board games with her family. A long-time volunteer for several non-profit organizations in Oakland, Mrs. Plachta was a founder of “The Treasure Chest,” a specialty gift and variety shop for the residents of the Garrett County Lighthouse. She also served as merchandise buyer and sales clerk for a gift shop inside Garrett Memorial Hospital (now Garrett Regional Medical Center). As a volunteer for the non-profit Garrett Lakes Arts Festival, she worked on its annual gala fundraisers. She also was a member of the Oakland Civic Club, for which she volunteered time for the club’s annual Autumn Glory Antiques Show & Sale. In Adelphi, where she and her husband raised their family, Mrs. Plachta was a popular neighborhood organizer of Halloween parades, “penny” carnivals and croquet matches – frequently held on the family’s front lawn. After her retirement as Facilities Coordinator from University of Maryland University College, she enjoyed traveling to Europe, the Caribbean Islands and in 2014, treated her children and their spouses to a week-long cruise to coastal Maine. She graduated from Athol High School and also was awarded honorary membership in the Syracuse University Alumni Association, to which her late husband belonged. Inurnment will be at Baltimore National Cemetery with her husband – until we meet again. A memorial reception will be held at a later date in Nanticoke.In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the West Side Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 85 Bivalve, MD 21814.


  • Valeria Vareika Mikutaitis, Mother
  • Peter Vareika, Father
  • Chester Plachta - dec., Husband
  • Walter Plachta & Beverly, Son
  • Cynthia Stacy & Marshall, Daughter
  • Nance Plachta, Daughter
  • Dorothy Davis & James, Daughter

  • West Side Volunteer Fire Department


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Lori Green Jensen

February 12, 2019

I have only VERY HAPPY memories of Aunt Eleanor & all my fun cousins. I can only very faintly remember Uncle Chester. What I do remember was how exciting it always was when we all could get together with our other cousins & of course, Aunt Gen & Uncle Bob!! Oh my goodness, this is making me cry.
We got to visit Adelphi a few times! What a warm, warm welcome feeling Aunt Eleanor & all gave! Of course, I can't go without mentioning Camp! I know many of the best times in my life was being with all the family there. I'm thinking we all feel the same way!
Your mom was a light in the world!!! Thinking of you "all", you "guys" LOL. The southern way sounds nicer!
Love, Lori

Patty Nichols

February 6, 2019

Cindy and Family,
We are so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. Upon reading about her we know that she was a wonderful woman. She will be in your hearts forever.
Our love and thoughts are with you,
Your cousin, Patty Nichols and Jim Farrens

Elaine ( Conner ) Emler

February 6, 2019

My love and prayers for Cindy, Nancy, Wally & Bev, Dory and all your families. Remembering your dear mother and all the wonderful years we all shared the same property line. She was always a fun kind of mom with lots of friendly energy. Lauren and l got such a kick out of her calling us Lainie and Elauren....then correcting herself. Will forever cherish the fond memories of both Mr. and Mrs. P. and how good it was seeing her at the Neighborhood Reunion in 2015. We had a great time reminiscing after so many years! It's good that you all can be together and give love and strength to each other at this time, and that the good Lord will give all her family His peace and comfort. ❤
Love, Elaine.

Karen Jettmar

February 6, 2019

Eleanor Plachta was one of my favorite 'mom' figures in our Adelphi neighborhood. Regal and stylish, with a sparkle in her eyes, to me she always exuded an air of sophistication . Emerging from the post-war baby boom, our neighborhood was special in that there were so many children all born the same year, or within a year or two of each other. The neighborhood was tight-knit, and children roamed freely. I was often over at the Plachta's house to play with Nance, and Eleanor welcomed me and other neighborhood kids. The Plachtas had the best autumn leaf piles of any yard and many a day we jumped around in the oak leaves. I participated in the neighborhood 'progressive dinners' for our neighborhood's teenage girls and we walked from house to house to eat our dinner. It was always a treat to eat in the spaciousness of Eleanor's kitchen/dining area.

The years have come and gone, and it has been decades since I've visited with any of the Plachtas, but my memories of the neighborhood have not faded. I wish I'd had a chance to see her one last time. More importantly, I'm grateful that Eleanor had a wonderful evening with family the night of her accident, and that her children could be with her at her last moments. Living a rich life to the age of 97 is quite an achievement. Our world is a better place because of her contributions.

Patricia Mash

February 4, 2019

My thoughts & prayers go out to the family. It was my pleasure getting to know Eleanor @ Laurel Brook. What a delightful & positive woman she was. She was always so delightful to be around. Cherish the wonderful memories you have.