Maryland Stories

Jeanne Kavinski, Frederick

(Nominated by Ed Arnold)
Frederick Community College Field House
June 18, 2011

Carol Ann La Plante was my sister. Carol was a beautiful, caring person. She cared for the elderly that had no one to care for them. She saw that they had proper medical care and a proper burial. She was a very special daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend to us all. Our mom said that she wanted people to know that “Carol always brought her mother flowers.” Mom turned 88 on September 10 and died two and a half months after September 11. Carol was employed at Marsh MacLennan and worked on the 97th floor of 1 WTC. Carol was very humble and never flaunted the fact that she was Valedictorian of her 1959 graduating class at St. Joseph’s Commercial High School, Brooklyn, New York. She received a Journalism award while in high school. Carol was a lector and Eucharistic minister at St. Francis of Assisi, NYC. She was a third order Franciscan and foundress of The St. Francis of Assisi Creativity Group. Carol was a writer, poetess and artist in her own right. She orchestrated over 21 art exhibits in the Gallery at St. Francis Friary foyer. The proceeds of artwork sold went to the St. Francis Breadline. The Creativity Group dedicated the Gallery in her name, The Carol La Plante Gallery at St. Francis of Assisi. Her dream was to establish an organization at the church which would provide art and music lessons to those children who could not afford them. I hope to establish a foundation in her memory to accomplish her dream to “Help a Withered Tree Bloom,” the title of one of her poems.