Elaine Ceccarelli Behling, 81, a lifelong resident of Ossining, was sent to Heaven on St. Valentine’s Day. She was born October 11, 1937 to the late Adeline and Silverio Ceccarelli at Ossining Hospital.
Elaine attended Ossining High School, Mary Washington University, the women’s college of the University of Virginia, followed by studies at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.
Foremost a mother, not only to her three daughters but also to countless others who became a part of the family. No task too great, no challenge too vast, no request too daunting for Elaine to conquer. Fiercely loyal, loving and competitive (for all the right reasons) and a friend anyone would wish for. She was a Mother to All, a testament to her ever-loving spirit and inclusive nature.
Baker extraordinaire, Elaine was known for her unbelievable repertoire of amazing desserts, especially her contest winning cakes and brownies. The Behling pantry was a destination for every kid on the block, full of unimaginable treats.
An avid car enthusiast, Elaine will forever be remembered for driving with the top down in her ’58 190sl. Her other great passions were her love for her many dogs throughout the years and her love of the game of tennis.
Married to her husband George for 57 years, whom she met on a blind date, theirs was a love everlasting. They had an instant bond, as they both owned classic MGs, hers, a ’52 and his, a ’58. They opened the iconic “Say Cheese” in Ossining in 1976, an innovative cheese and gourmet shop, which introduced frozen yogurt to Westchester County and is fondly remembered by many to this day.
Elaine was preceded in death by her parents Adeline and Silverio and her sisters Jovanna and Yolanda. She is survived by her husband George, daughters Heather, Tiffany (Ian) and Tara (Eric), her five grandchildren, Trevor, Tristan, Carson, Ainsley and Maren, her great grandchild Elowen, her brother Sam (Joel) and her nieces Sheri and Alisa.
Visitation will be Friday, February 22 from 5PM – 8PM at Beecher Flooks Funeral Home, Pleasantville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 23 at 10AM at St. Theresa's Church, Briarcliff Manor. Interment will follow at Dale Cemetery in Ossining.
An appropriate day of passing for a lady with such a loving heart, to be called to the angels on St. Valentine’s Day.