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Negron: Ellie, a Pioneer in Art, a Champion in Life

Ellen Jagenburg, the mother of the former world champion swimmer and my very dear dear friend Greg Jagenburg died this week of natural causes.

Like me, Greg and his siblings had been caring for their mom until her passing. She was a wonderful person who lived life to it’s fullest. To say that she did a great job as a parent would be an understatement.

I know what I had to go through with the recent passing of my parents and how hurt I still am and will be, so I can only say that I will do my best to be supportive to a true friend that has always been there for me and all the different kids that we have worked with together in the different organizations we are involved with.

Please read the attached obituary on Mrs Jagenburg so that you can learn more about this incredible lady.

Ellen (Ellie) Jagenburg born in New York City, April 30, 1931 passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family March 20, 2017.

Long time resident of Locust Valley she is predeceased by her beloved husband of 65 years, Rene T Jagenburg. Loving mother of Ilia McCormick (Richard), Gregory Jagenburg (Patricia), Vanessa Jagenburg. Cherished grandmother of five.

Ellen graduated at the age of sixteen from The Professional Children’s School in New York City. Ellen had her own radio show and preformed weekly with a full orchestra on NBC while a student at PCS.

She appeared in High Button Shoes directed by Mr. George Abbott. She was a cast member of the Pajama Game and Kiss Me Kate on Broadway.

In 1951 she married Rene and they moved to Long Island to raise their family.

Involved in many community activities, Ellen continued her love of musical theatre as a founding member of The Glen Players a local amateur theatre group. The Glen Players supported local high school students involved with the Arts by providing an annual college scholarship.

She lit up a room with her wonderful smile and great sense of humor. Her grace, elegance and intelligence, were an example to all who knew her and will be dearly missed.

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