Monica Lohmer de la Paz Hackett, 86, died Feb. 25, 2017, at Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast from complications due to hemorrhagic stroke.

She was born March 14, 1930, in Manila, the Philippines, to Clara Lohmer, a concert pianist, of Bavaria, Germany, and Nicholas de la Paz, a studio photographer, of the Philippines. Monica grew up in Manila, where she developed a lifelong love of dance, studying under the modern dance teacher Kaethe Hauser. Her early teen years were spent under the World War II Japanese occupation of the Philippines. During the occupation she worked with Philippine resistance forces under the code name “Katy.” The Huks, as these resistance fighters were called, coordinated with the Americans to facilitate Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s return to the islands during the Pacific Campaign. While engaging in these covert activities, she sustained a grenade injury while escaping the occupying forces as they rounded up suspected spies, who were later executed.

Monica emigrated to the U.S. at age 15 with her sister, Beatrice (de la Paz) Ajero, crossing the Pacific Ocean aboard a “mercy” ship, the MS Noordam, arriving May 15, 1945, in San Francisco. She first lived in Chicago, but subsequently graduated from high school in West Newton, Mass., in 1947 (where she was crowned Prom Queen), and then moved to New York City.

Monica continued her modern dance studies with the Martha Graham studio in New York City, and received a partial scholarship to Bennington College, which had an active dance program, but was forced to decline this offer for financial reasons. She also turned down an offer to work for the CIA, which sought to recruit her because of her wartime experiences in the Philippines. She declined in part due to growing xenophobic paranoia spreading post-World War II.

While living in the 1950s in Greenwich Village, NYC, she met and married her husband of 64 years, Charles F. Hackett, an NYU graduate in music education who later became creative director of advertising for Ciba-Geigy Pharmaceuticals (now Novartis), and son of American tenor Charles Hackett of the Metropolitan Opera. The social life of the Village at that time included friendships with musicians, writers and artists, including Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Norman Mailer, Dylan Thomas and Charles Shore, among many others.

In the early 1960s, Monica moved to Basking Ridge, N.J., with her husband and three children, where she remained active in local New Jersey politics, monitoring local polls during elections and other campaign-related duties. She also continued to teach modern dance to young students in the area. During the late 1970s, while accompanying her husband on a business trip to Puerto Rico, she survived a random FALN bombing outside her hotel room, which only continued to inspire her to work politically for social justice and respect for the individual’s rights tp freedom and autonomy.

In 1986 she and her husband retired and moved permanently to Lincolnville. Monica was an avid gourmet cook, gardener and bird watcher. She traveled extensively, including trips taken with her husband to Europe, Asia and South America, as well as a solo trip to Costa Rica to observe birds and wildlife.

She is survived by her husband, Charles; her daughter, Phoebe Hackett, of Somerville, Mass., and Santa Fe, N.M.; son Philip Hackett, of New York, N.Y., son Jason Hackett and granddaughter Raina Hackett of Maplewood, N.J.; and her nephews Ramon Ajero of Fort Collins, Colo., and Carlos Ajero of De Pere, Wis.

After suffering multiple strokes, Monica was lovingly cared for by family and staff in the hospice unit at Waldo County General Hospital, Belfast, where she passed away peacefully a week later.

The family plans a cremation and interment in a private ceremony in the family plot in Lincolnville. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to the Waldo County General Hospital Inpatient Hospice Unit, or the ACLU.