Terese McCabe Cerni

May 26, 1933April 16, 2021

Terese McCabe Cerni of Scarsdale New York died suddenly on April 16, 2021. She was born in New York City on May 26, 1933 to Georgiana Scanlon and Henry McCabe. Terry attended Dominican Academy, received a BA from Marymount College and an MA from Fordham University. She was raised in a close-knit family on the Upper East Side in New York City where she was a parishioner of St. Vincent Ferrer Roman Catholic Church. In 1965, she and her young family moved to Scarsdale, New York and became parishioners of Saint Pius X. Terry was a lifelong educator in New York City, Scarsdale and New Rochelle. In the Fall of 1979, she joined The Ursuline School as a high school Mathematics teacher, retiring in 2001 after 22 fulfilling years. Terry was the wife of the late Salvatore A. Cerni; they were married for nearly 55 years. She is survived by her loving daughters Claire A. Cerni of New York City and Janet E. Cerni of Richmond, California as well as her in-laws Joseph and Dolores Cerni, Adrienne Cernigliaro, and Marian McCabe. She is pre-deceased by her brothers, John and Stephen McCabe, sister-in-law Kathy and brother-in-law George Cernigliaro. She is also survived by devoted cousins, nieces, nephews; her Ursuline School Community; her Saint Pius family; and friends and kind neighbors in Scarsdale. Visitation will be at Edwin L. Bennett Funeral Home, Scarsdale, NY on Friday, April 23, from 3:00 to 7:00 PM. Due to Covid-19 gathering restrictions, Terry’s funeral Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday April 24 at Saint Pius X is invitation only. Please join the family in celebrating her life on the live stream ( or at the Visitation. Burial will be at later date at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, New York. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to support promising students at The Ursuline School, 1354 North Avenue, New Rochelle, New York, 10804, online at or the RJM Haiti Fund c/o RJM Provincial Office, 821 Varnum Street, Washington, DC, 20017, online at  


  • Visitation

    Friday, April 23, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, April 24, 2021


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Shoko Takayama

May 14, 2021

Terry-san welcomed our family warmly when we moved to NelsonRd.
Even after we got back to Japan, she sent us lovely Christmas card every year. We were so lucky to have a neighbor like you. We really miss you, Terry-san.

Denise Breslin

April 23, 2021

Terry will be missed greatly. I will always remember fondly her energy and steadfast character. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. Much love, your cousin, Denise Breslin.

Philomena and Gerry Conklin

April 22, 2021

Happy memories of our Halloween celebrations each year for 20 years of wearing hilarious costumes.

Dolores Brett

April 20, 2021

Terry has been a dear friend for many years. We shared adventures such as two road trips to Tulsa, OK, many St. Pius luncheons which she helped me plan, New Year’s Eve dinners and various other activities. We shared many stories and laughs along the way. A true friend who was always cheerful and helpful. I will miss her dearly! D. Brett

Jo-Anne Gramaglia

April 18, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with you all on the passing of Terri. I feel blessed to have known Terri in different a friend,
as a fellow faculty member, but mostly as a parent. She was always there as an advisor for Nina whenever Nina needed guidance and she gave good advice to her on many occasions. I will always be grateful to Terri for the wisdom she shared. She made me laugh on many occasions when I needed to laugh. Thank you for letting me share in herlife. We will miss you. May God bless you.