Bernadette Dunne

May 5, 1935July 11, 2019

Bernadette C. Dunne (nee Tighe) passed away from natural causes on Thursday, July 11, 2019. Bernadette was 84 years old. She was born in Inwood in Upper Manhattan on May 5, 1935. Bernadette graduated with a BA in English from Marymount Manhattan College. After graduating college, she spent most of 1956 touring Europe and then embarked on a 55-year career in education. She taught for nineteen years at PS 152 on Nagle Avenue in Upper Manhattan. Bernadette then taught at and was principal of Christ the King and Sacred Heart parochial schools in Yonkers. She concluded her career in 2010, after a fifteen-year tenure as Trustee and President of the Yonkers Board of Education. Bernadette left profound and lasting marks on all the students she taught, many of those students stayed in touch with her over the decades and leaned on her for career and personal advice. She will be missed and remembered all ways and always. Bernadette is predeceased by her husband, David Dunne, and her brother, Timothy Tighe. Bernadette is survived by her daughter, Deirdre Dunne (and her husband, Ivan Gonzalez), her son, Dennis Dunne (and his wife, Charlotte), and her grandchildren Cameron Dunne, Kaitlin Dunne, Griffin Dunne, Natalie Gonzalez, and Gavin Gonzalez. Visiting hours will be held at Whalen & Ball Funeral Home in Yonkers from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. and from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Monday, July 15th. A funeral mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 16th at Sacred Heart Church in Yonkers. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a donation in Bernadette’s memory to be made at Friends of the Children NY (


  • Visitation Monday, July 15, 2019
  • Visitation Monday, July 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 16, 2019
  • Committal Serrvice Tuesday, July 16, 2019


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Linda Murphy

July 16, 2019

Such very sad news. Mrs. Dunne was one of my most influential if not one of my favorite teachers. She had a way of seeing and understanding each child and was loving enough to try and help them see and achieve their own potential. In 1981, Mrs. Dunne was my homeroom teacher at Sacred Heart. I was terribly shy and she gave me the job of taking attendance each day. Twice a day I had to stand in front of the room and call out each student’s name. By the end of the year I had gained more confidence. Her belief in me has often been something I looked back on in uncomfortable situations. The world is indeed darker without her guiding light. My condolences to the family.

John Flynn

July 15, 2019

Mrs. Dunne was one of my teachers at Sacred Heart Grade School in 7th and 8th grade. I do not believe that I have been in her presence since 1980 when I graduated alongside her daughter Deirdre, who was always a good friend to me, as well as was Bernadette's son Dennis. Despite not having spoken with Mrs. Dunne in all these years, she made a great impression on me as an educator- she was an old school disciplinarian, serious, yet compassionate and encouraging, and a very intelligent lady. Over the years I have admired her accomplishments and contributions to the Yonkers community. My condolences to Deirdre, Dennis and all of your loved ones.

Tatum Aponte-Gonzalez

July 14, 2019

I had the pleasure of know Mrs, Dunn during my time at Sacred Heart high school, graduated class of ‘98. She was my principal.
She was a dedicated woman and made sure her students always showed their best. She would always stand at the entrance each morning and took the time to say Good Morning to the students and always was in good spirits whenever she was present.
Heaven gained an angel 😇 and she was truly a blessing to those who crossed her path at one point or another.

Kevin Gallagher

July 14, 2019

Mrs. Bernadette Dunne was a wonderful person. She was the consummate professional educator. Our family was privileged to know Mrs. Dunne for over thirty five years. She will be missed.
Katie and Kevin Gallagher

Florence McCue

July 14, 2019

I need to read this poem to me at the celebration of my retirement from teaching in 2004. I knew her as a member of the Board of Education in the YONKERS Public Schools. She was always kind. She was always a lady. And she was always a consummate professional

Jane Stamegna

July 13, 2019

Bernadette Dunne hired me in 1998. Over twenty years later I am still on the hill at Sacred Heart. She always called me her diamond in the rough.
One day she called me into her office and asked me to sit down. I thought I was in trouble, but, instead she asked me a question. She said, " Ms. Stamegna, why do you always wear that pouch ? ". She was referring to my fanny pack. I responded, " Where would I keep my gun without it !". For years I teased her about it.
She was always supportive of me and my ideas. Mrs. Dunne, your earthly vessel is now void but Heaven has gained another scholar.....RIP

Michael Flood

July 13, 2019

Thank you for so much Mrs. Dunne. Rest in peace.