Connie Cassidy

Connie Cassidy

Saturday, March 23rd, 1940 - Monday, December 14th, 2020
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Connie Jean Cassidy, 80, of St. Joseph, passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, on Monday, December 14, 2020 at her home in St. Joseph.

Connie was born March 23, 1940 in Benton Harbor to Anthony and Bernice (Brown) Alti. In 1958 when she was barely 18 years old, Connie’s beloved dance teacher passed away of cancer, and studio parents and students asked Connie to finish the dance season, as recital time was near. Connie agreed to continue, “just until she decided what she wanted to be when she grew up.” The Connie Cassidy School of Dance, has continued ever since, and “Miss Connie,” as she became known, has been loved by thousands of children and their parents for generations. How fortunate it was for all that she never did grow up.

Known to love dogs nearly as much as she did dance, Connie adopted many retired greyhounds, whippets, and assorted mutts over the decades. During Connie’s last years of life, her beloved whippets WhoDo and Tegan were her constant companions, rarely straying far from her side.

Connie is survived by her children, Cammie (Mark Winnell) Hernandez, and Patrick (Eileen Perlmeter) Cassidy; her grandchildren, Anthony and Caitlin Hernandez; her great granddaughter, Zoe Jane Blocker; her brother, Gilbert (Leslie) Alti; and nieces Kelly McGee Clark and Tracy McGee Schofield.

She is preceded in death by her sister, Janice McGee; her dance and business partner, Ross McDowell; former husband and dearest friend, Tom Cassidy; and her parents.

Services for Connie will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be given to Vision Outreach International,
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Linda Drews

Posted at 09:22am
I remember fondly working with Connie while she taught the “ little ones “ to dance. She had a gift for working with people, as well as, being a good dance instructor! She will be greatly missed.

“Miss” Linda

Pamela Appel Keller

Posted at 07:00am
Connie was my dance teacher, tap and ballet, for years when I was growing up. She was so kind and wonderful! When I was at SJHS, she was the choreographer for the Variety Show and the musicals and again I was fortunate to have her in my life. Connie was so very talented! I wrote her several years ago and received the nicest response that I had made her day. What a legacy she has left behind for her family. Rest in peace dear lady.

Gary & Connie Holder

Posted at 02:12pm

We attended the Great Lakes Greyhound Gatherings when they were up and running. We met Connie the first year we attended and we knew she was a special person. Always smiling and having an outgoing personality with everyone. Never a dull moment when Connie was close by. She was a good friend of the greys. Cammie, we offer our sympathy on the loss of your mother. We are pretty sure she stopped by the Rainbow Bridge, picked up a bunch of hounds, and crossed the bridge with them. We will miss her.

Gary & Connie Holder

Harrisburg, NC

Rachelle Emerson

Posted at 05:23am
Connie was and will always be the first dance teacher my daughter Annie had. Many hours spent talking and waiting for Annie during class. Cammie dear friend may God give you peace and strength and Miss Connie now you can dance al you want on the best stage. God Bless Rachelle and Annie

Carol Adent

Posted at 10:06am
Sympathy and prayers to Connie's family. Connie was always with a smile and a chat. Graduated with Connie and know she will be missed by many but her dance steps will linger forever! REP dear classmate.
Carol Adent

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