Jameca Danielle Ortiga, born to Thomas “Tank” Ortiga Jr. and Alberta “Chris” (Ricketts) Ortiga was born at Riddle Hospital in Media Pennsylvania on February 3, 1983. Her parents didn’t know it then, but they had just given the world the most amazing gift. Jameca’s presence in this world touched and forever changed the lives of all who had the pleasure of knowing her. Sadly, Jameca (39) passed away in her home in Claymont Delaware on June 6, 2022.
Jameca, Meeka for short, was a loving, caring, fiercely loyal, giving person who put the needs of all others above herself. It is no wonder Meeka became a nurse as her place on earth was to heal and care for those around her. Meeka tirelessly cared for both of her parents and her friends over the years giving every ounce of herself to leave this world better than she found it. Meeka would move heaven and earth (and the occasional large heavy furniture piece) in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of those around her. With Jameca’s giving nature and kind heart, it is no wonder that Jameca set out to be a nurse.
Jameca grew up in Swedesboro NJ, Jameca graduated from Kingsway Regional High school in 2001 and set off to attend Ramapo College of New Jersey that fall. Meeka was in her first semester of college during the 9/11 terror attacks. Meeka wasted no time to get involved to help in anyway possible. She volunteered to search the grounds for survivors and when they wouldn’t allow her to do that, she donated blood and helped to gather supplies to assist by any means great or small. Meeka did obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN-BSN from Ramapo College of New Jersey in 2006, but not before she pledged Lambda Psi Delta with her fellow Clover Line sisters in the fall of 2003. Jameca was one of the founding, trail blazing members of Lambda Psi Delta at Ramapo College. She was proud to have brought such a wonderful organization to the school she loved so much.
After college Jameca went on to have a career in nursing with Main Line Health at Riddle Hospital for more than 15 years as a dedicated post-surgical nurse. Much like Meeka’s heroism in 2001 after 9/11, she once again sprung to action when the covid-19 pandemic began in 2020. Jameca worked tirelessly treating those who suffered from this worldwide pandemic. Despite the unknown and the extreme risk, Jameca once again put herself in harms way for the betterment of others. She gave and gave until there was nothing left. Jameca strove to leave the world better than she found it. She was certified in Reiki, level I in 2012, level II in 2016, and became a Reiki Master in 2018. Meeka studied and earned her certification in aromatherapy massage in 2016. She didn’t stop there, in 2016 she also became certified in Pranic Healing level I. She studied and practiced these holistic nursing modalities in an effort to heal others through integrative means. She was more than a coworker; she is loved by her Main Line Health and Integrative Therapies family.
Jameca was a spiritual, kind, loving individual who enjoyed baking and traveling. She knew almost every line, to nearly every movie. She loved bright colors, lime green was her favorite. She had a smile that was contagious and a laugh that you could hear when you closed your eyes. She cared so deeply for her patients, it is hard to believe she had anything left for the rest of the world, but some how she was able to give all of that and more.
Jameca knew the bonds of family stretched far beyond bloodlines and family came in many different shapes, sizes colors and religions. Jameca’s family was one that sometimes seemed strange to the outside world but to her it was the best, strongest and most beautiful family anyone could ever have. Meeka will be severely missed by those who survived her including her Sisters JeNa Nickerson and Jakea Ortiga, her self-adopted sisters Kimberly Marion and Hillary Allen, Uncles Al Ricketts, Willie Ortiga and Anthony Ortiga SR., Aunts Estelle Strand and Connie Ortiga, Nieces and nephews Emaree and Elijah Nickerson Wright, Greyson and Jaxon Brown, Yomi Ogunfolu, Abigal and John Leonzio, Emma Michaud and Dylan, Lucas and Raelan Mackiewicz and Brandon Mercer and a host of loving Cousins. Her friends too, Melissa Payor-Mackiewicz, Jo Ann Wilczynski Payor “Momma Jo”, Brianna Rebisz, Marsha Fortunato, John and Teresa Michaud will never find a brighter light then that of Jameca.
For all of those who mourn her we know that tomorrow will be a little darker because one of the truest, most genuine, brightest lights, left this world too early. May Jameca Danielle Ortiga rest in paradise forever.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend her memorial visitation on Sunday, June 12th from 2:00-3:15pm at the Bateman-Allen Funeral Home 4220 Edgmont Ave. Brookhaven, Pa. followed by words of remembrance at 3:30pm.
Pascal saysJune 9, 2022 at 8:54 pm
This true angel will always be missed, truly blessed to have met her and to have been able to call her a friend and even more so, family. I will miss our talks at work and you will forever be missed with our breakfasts. I will raise many a glass for you and I hope right now you are on the back of your dads motorcycle and having.a wonderful trip with my own father up there. Give him a big hug from me Meeka. We love you and will always miss you
Tangela Swiggett saysJune 9, 2022 at 11:20 pm
You’re smile will truly be missed! Heaven definitely gained an angel. You will be missed, rest up my dear friend ❤️