Anita Michalovskis, 50, a former Juneau resident, passed away June 19, 2010 in Cameron Park, Calif. after a three-month battle with a rare condition. Her memorial service was held on June 29 in Tacoma, Wash. It was conducted in Latvian, the native language of her family.
She attended Capital High School in Olympia, Wash. and graduated with a degree in nutrition and food sciences from the University of Washington.
Enticed by a friend, she moved to Juneau where she lived for 16 years. Always independent, she began her "food-related" service career by, of all things, bartending, then cooking in a large kitchen. Her career culminated in coordinating the WIC program for the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium. While working at WIC she attended Simmons College in Boston, where she obtained her Registered Dietician certification. She was a published journal author and a past president of the Alaska Dietetic Association.
In 2001, Anita moved to California and worked as a consulting dietician in long-term care facilities throughout California, Nevada, and Idaho.
Anita was an engaging person with a ready smile and a love for life, friends and activities. While in Juneau she skiied it, hiked it, fished it, biked it, canoed it and kayaked it. She was also a member of the Resurrection Lutheran Church handbell choir. Juneau remained a special place for her and she was always excited to plan her next trip back to visit friends and experience another adventure on a mountain, in the water, or on a trail. She lived a good and full life but it was too short. She did not get to do everything she wanted to do, to speak her final thoughts, to send her last greeting card, or to just say hello.
Anita not only leaves behind her dear friends in Juneau and Cameron Park, she also leaves her mother Indra, her sister Ilze, her brothers Janis and Karl, along with relatives in the United States and Latvia.
Condolences can be sent to Indra Michalovskis at 511 Flora Vista Road NE, Olympia, Wash. 98506.
A flower and soil from her gravesite in Tacoma will be buried at Eaglecrest by her Juneau friends.
Taken away from this Earth and all she loved and cherished, Anita died in her sleep. She is very much grieved and missed by all. Anita - child of the Earth.