Dorothy Ann Jaggi

  • Born: November 11, 1924
  • Died: September 25, 2019
  • Location: Ardsley

Pelham Funeral Home

64 Lincoln Ave
Pelham, NY 10803

Tel. (914) 738-1060

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Aunt

Dorothy Ann Jaggi, 94, passed away on September 25, 2019. She was born November 11, 1924 in Mt.Vernon, NY.

She leaves her niece, Lorna Lynch, grandnieces Karen Kasacavage (Alexis) and Barbara Cass (Jim), nephew Donald DiNunzio and wife Dale and grandniece Doreen Ferraro (Mark).

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hans in 1999.

Dorothy attended dancing school in her early teens and became a professional dancer in her 20's. She eventually began her own dance company, Miss Dorothy's Dance Studio.

Dorothy's passion for dancing was well known. She touched the lives of many children, teens, and adults during her long dance career. She remained very close to many of her students, and continued to dance with them in their studios well into her 90's.

Dorothy loved life which she celebrated with family and friends, and she traveled often with her husband, Hans. She loved living in her beautiful home and cherished nature and the animals that often visited her yard. She was devoted to her many pets throughout the years and was avid about donating to as many no-kill shelters as possible.

Dorothy was a spirited person who told amazing stories and was not afraid to say what was on her mind. She earned the love and respect of all with whom she came in contact. May her reunion with those who left us long ago be full of laughter and dancing


Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry to hear of her passing. She was the best dance teacher and a wonderful woman. She will long be remembered by her many students. May she rest in peace with the angels.

Posted by Ellen Head - Garnerville, NY - Student   June 09, 2020

I was a young girl in Miss Dorothy's tap classes 2 1/2 -7 yrs old
I continued dancing all through my school years including college. My memories are few but very clear.
My Mom stayed in contact with Miss Dorothy throughout the years at Christmas. And she always kept me up to date with her accomplishments and life's changes.
My mom was the one who told me of her passing. I'm 55 and my memories of her are very clear and I stopped taking lessons with her because we moved when I was 7.
What a life she had and how remarkable that I can clearly remember the classes and the recitals and all of the costumes. She was a wonderful teacher.
All of my love and sympathy to Miss Dorothy's family.

Posted by Patty Petro (Rafferty) - Clifton Park, NY - Student   February 14, 2020


I believe I was in one of Miss Dorothy's first baby lines in 1957. I remember her telling me she had the registration card for all of us and the cards were yellow. When I started 7th or 8th grade Miss Dorothy ask me if I wanted to help her at the studio which I will always cherish. I danced in her studio to age 19.I got married and live in Long Island. I went to one studio and being such an advanced dancer was not welcomed by the line. When my daughter was 2 1/2 I found a local dance studio registered my daughter and later my son and continued dancing and choreographing many routines for the annual dance recitals I was honored with Miss Dorothy and Hans coming to see one of the recitals. We also saw each other at some dance conventions in the summer. My heart is very heavy with the thought of Miss Dorothy's passing. She was as close to me as a mother. She was strong, sensitive, wise and had an excellent memory. When we would talk it was just like I saw her yesterday. I still tap dance waiting for the elevator or entertaining my ailing mother. I know she will be watching me teach my granddaughter when she turns 3yrs old the songs and dances Miss Dorothy once taught me. I love you Miss Dorothy. Time to be with Hans and climb those Alps together

Posted by Linda Ruff - bethpage, NY - Student   December 01, 2019

My sister and I went to her dance studio in the 1960's for 11 years. She helped instill the love of dance which I still have today.. So sorry for your loss...

Posted by Brenda Oppenheim - New City, NY - Student   November 09, 2019


My heart breaks to hear of Dottie's passing. She was like a mother to my brother David. Dottie and Hans were the true meaning of friends that become family. I have so many fond memories of my youth growing up and spending time at their home. DANCE IN HEAVEN....

Posted by Stacey Green Tyler - Chattanooga, TN - Friend   October 15, 2019

We are so sorry to hear of Dorothy's Passing and are Praying for Her and all of Her Wonderful Family.

May God Bless Her Always!

Harry & Sandy Tompkins
Armonk NY

Posted by Harry Tompkins - ARMONK, NY - Family Friend   October 05, 2019

So sorry to hear about miss dorothy's passing. What an inspiration to all that showed a little interest in dancing. God bless you.

Posted by Susan Spampinato - Conyers, GA - Acquaintance   October 03, 2019

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