Vail Daily obituary: Patricia E. Riggin, 1936-2015 |

Vail Daily obituary: Patricia E. Riggin, 1936-2015

The family of Patricia “Patti” E. Riggin, beloved dance instructor, long-time resident and friend to many in Vail, cordially invites her friends in Vail to celebrate her life on Monday, June 29, with a memorial mass at the Vail Interfaith Chapel at 10 a.m. Mass will be celebrated by Father Hugh. Reception with the family will follow in the chapel basement. Patti was laid to rest May 2 in New Jersey. The family wishes to respect and acknowledge Patti’s family of dear friends with this additional memorial service in Vail. Please RSVP no later than June 15 to Scott Riggin by emailing or calling 410-430-2412.

Patricia E. Riggin, 79, died on April 17 in Denver.

A funeral mass will be offered in St. Mary’s Church in Nutley, New Jersey, on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

Visiting is at the Prout Funeral Home, (, which is located at 370 Bloomfield Ave. in Verona, New Jersey, will be on Saturday from 9-10 a.m.

Born in Newark, New Jersey, Patti moved to Vail over 30 years ago.

She was a classically trained ballerina and dance instructor who was very involved in the fine arts and Catholic faith communities of Vail. Patti was a lifelong member of Dance Masters of America and a choreographer for numerous charitable events throughout the years.

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She is survived by her four sons, Scott (his wife, Lisa), Mark (his wife, Stephanie), Brett and Todd; and her siblings, William Fitzsimmons, Karen Cawthorne and Michael Fitzsimmons. She is also survived by five grandchildren and a large circle of dear friends in Vail.

A memorial mass and celebration of her life in Vail will be announced.

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