Elaine Behling

Elaine C. Behling (Ceccarelli)

Monday, October 11th, 1937 - Thursday, February 14th, 2019
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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.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, February 22nd, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, February 22nd, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Beecher Flooks Funeral Home
    418 Bedford Road
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  • Service

    Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 10:00am
    St. Theresa's Church
    1394 Pleasantville Road
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    Father Joseph Bisignano
  • Interment

    Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 | 11:30am
    Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 11:30am
    St Augustine Cemetery
    Hawkes Avenue
    OSSINING, NY 10562
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Steve, Jess, Arianna and Bianca

Posted at 10:58am
Elaine will be dearly missed by all. Cherish every beautiful memory. Sending our love, prayers and deepest sympathy.
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Anne Dwyer

Posted at 12:43pm
Dear Heather and Family, Im so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved mother. I am thinking of you at this difficult time. Love
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Georgia & Don Gogel

Posted at 10:40am
To Heather & Family, We send you our love and deepest sympathy.
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Posted at 10:02am
My thoughts are with you all. Love, Brian
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Maria Mueller Sotire

Posted at 12:50pm
Dear Tiffany and family, I wanted to reach out and Express my sincerest condolences to you all. Although it has been many years, I have very fond memories of Tiffany and her family from high school. Please know you and your family will be in my prayers.
Maria Mueller Sotire

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