Dolores LaGreca, 72, ballerina

Dolores LaGreca
Dolores LaGreca
Posted: June 06, 2014

Dolores "Lolly" LaGreca, 72, a former ballerina who later cofounded a real estate company and was active in civic affairs, died Friday, May 30, of pulmonary fibrosis at Pennsylvania Hospital.

Born and raised in North Philadelphia and Logan, Ms. LaGreca thrived on dance.

She was a member of the Pennsylvania Ballet Company's corps de ballet in its inaugural season and then founded a children's ballet company in South Philadelphia and a Pilates studio in Center City. She also taught ballet, jazz dance, and modern dance at studios owned by others across the city.

In 1982, she was cofounder with Joanne Davidow of Midtown Realty Corp. on Rittenhouse Square. In the 1990s, she became an associate broker with Fox & Roach Realtors, now part of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.

Davidow and Ms. LaGreca started out as social friends who had children the same age.

"She was a ballerina. As life happens, she and I went into real estate together," Davidow said. "She was very creative in her thinking, and was a wonderful real estate matchmaker.

"Lolly was a wonderful mom and adored Nicole, her daughter."

In October 1998, Ms. LaGreca's three-story Victorian home was featured along with 17 others on the annual Center City House Tour sponsored by the Center City Residents' Association. It was one of her many civic activities.

Others included serving as an arbitrator for the former Philadelphia Board of Realtors, now the Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors; as president of the Center City Residents' Association; and as a board member of the Fitler Square Improvement Association.

She loved cats, especially Abyssinians and Burmese.

Surviving are her life partner, Fred Gehring, and daughter Nicole. She was married to Eugene LaGreca. They divorced; he survives.

A Service of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 5, at Trinity Memorial Church, 22d and Spruce Streets. Interment is private.

Donations may be made to the William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107; to BalletX, via; or to the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society, via


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