NORTH BERGEN, NJ. (April 8, 2020). Bettejane Daggett Jaeger, sister of International President Harold J. Daggett, passed away today from complications due to COVID-19. Bettejane is the mother of Mary Jaeger, who is a Controller and Director of ILA Business Affairs at the International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO.
“Our lovely Irish Rose said goodbye to us today, and we are heartbroken,” said ILA President Daggett. “Our family shares a strong faith in Our Lord, Jesus Christ and we are certain Bettejane’s suffering has ended and her joyful and rich eternal life has begun.”
BetteJane Daggett Jaeger was born November 20, 1944 and was an older sister to ILA President Daggett.
“She shared the same great love of the ILA as I did and all the Daggett’s,” said President Daggett. “Her husband was a longshoreman as well as her son-in-law and she was a beloved Aunt to Dennis, John and Lisa. She loved her family and loved the ILA.”
BetteJane was married to Richard Jaeger and the couple had three daughters – Janine Jaeger Dowler, Dawn Jaeger Guerrini and Mary Jaeger.
“The entire family of ILA extends its deepest sympathies and collective prayers to the Jaeger and Daggett families on the loss of Bettejane Jaeger,” said Stephen Knott, International Secretary-Treasurer of the ILA. “Bettejane was born into a strong ILA family, she raised three beautiful daughters and she will remain in our hearts forever.”
“It is with great heartache that I write this post to share with you that our mother, my father’s wife, and our children’s grandmother, Bettejane, has passed away,” said Janine Jaeger Dowler, one of her daughters who is celebrating a birthday today. “It is with great peace that we now know she is free and with the Lord. Thank you for all your prayers.”
Bettejane Daggett Jaeger resided in Sparta, New Jersey at the time of her death. Family members described her as “a homemaker who loved to sing and dance; a woman who loved her faith and was proud to be a Christian.”