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“rest in peace erin ”
1 of 19 | Posted by: anthony smith - mahopac, NY

“Rest in Peace Erin. ”
2 of 19 | Posted by: Joe & Sarah O'Connell - SC

“Dear Margaret, Joe & Jonathan thinking of you at this very sad time for you all. It was a joy to have met and known Erin, such a lovely, pleasant...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: Eleanor & Eoin Gallagher & family

“Thinking of you Margaret, Joe and Jonathan at this very sad time. May your fond memories of Erin bring you comfort and strength. Erin will be...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Carmel Moloney Lynam - Co Clare

“Our prayers and thoughts are with Margaret, Joe, Jonathan and the Bentivegna family. Erin was a wonderful girl and she will be missed by all. ”
5 of 19 | Posted by: Jennifer Lopez - Cortlandt Manor, NY

“Margaret and Joe Sincere condolences on the passing of your beautiful daughter Erin. May she rest in peace and leave you with very beautiful...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Jacquie Fahy - Family Friend

“My cond You are in my thoughts and prayers, Margaret, Joe and Johnathan ”
7 of 19 | Posted by: Mary Vargas - El Paso, TX

“To a special young lady. Erin you made my day from the minute you made your way to bus 367. We love you and always will. R.I.P. my dear angel from...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Edward caperna - mahopac, NY

“Margaret, Joe and Jonathon and extented family including Winne I'm very sorry for your sad loss of Erin. I'm thinking of you at this sad time. ”
9 of 19 | Posted by: Joan Clune - Cork Ireland

“Dear Joe, Margaret and Jonathon, We are all so sorry for your loss. Over the years, we watched Erin share sweet moments with our daughters at various...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Kelly Edwards - Carmel, NY

“You will always be remembered! God Bless you and your family. ”
11 of 19 | Posted by: Jeanmarie Pontieri - bohemia, NY

“I met Erin in our BOCES Child Development and Education class. She was planning to become a child life specialist. We were friends for a year and a...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Marissa Ammon - NY - Friend

“Dear Mr. and Mrs. Bentivegna and Jonathan. I am so saddened about the passing of Erin. I knew Erin from Austin Road Elementary School and have so...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Barbara Falcone - Mahopac, NY

“To Erin, What an impact you made in my life and all those who had the pleasure to meet you. I know your are making those in heaven smile and glow...Read More »
14 of 19 | Posted by: Matthew Heyert - Somers, NY

“Dear Mr and Mrs Bentivegna and Jonathan: My deepest condolences to your Family. Erin is now resting peacefully in the arms of God. She fought so...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Connie Mendez - Yorktown Hgts., NY

“The entire Transportation Department of the Mahopac Central School District sends our condolences to the family of Erin. she touched the hearts of so...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: Frank Gunn - Mahopac, NY

“I did not know Erin very well, but we sat together in health class. She was so open about her life and was always so inspirational to me. Erin was so...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: Alisha Mendez - Mahopac, NY

“Erinwhen my Daughter lost you as a friend she lost someone that was a fighter.to all that know you they saw you as a Inspiration to all that knew...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: Cliff Ferraro - mahopac, NY

“Our deepest condolences from the Fields family. ”
19 of 19 | Posted by: Roy Fields - Mahopac, NY - Friend


Erin Bentivegna went to heaven on Monday, January the 30th at her home in Mahopac NY after a 14 year battle with cancer surrounded by her brother Jonathan and her parents Margaret and Joe, and her priest and hospice nurse both called Pat. She was 18 years old. She was born in NYU in New York City and lived in Yonkers NY until she was 7 at which time she moved to Mahopac NY. While in Yonkers she attended St. John the Baptist elementary school. She also attended Austin Road Elementary School, Mahopac Middle School, and just graduated from Mahopac High School on January 20th.

It was in Mahopac High school that she really blossomed with the help of her special education teacher Debbie Faba. She joined the drama club and was looking forward to being part of Grease this spring. Erin told someone recently that she did not want to be defined by cancer and when I think of it that is how she lived her life.

She met Barney in Tennessee when she was 5, the Cheetah girls when she was 9 and Nick Jonas when she was 12. For many years she went to Ireland to visit her grandparents and family during the summer. She went to Lourdes, France "for a Miracle", but one of the most precious places to her, besides Mahopac and Ireland, was Montana. It was there that she met people who really understood her as they were also cancer survivors. In her final days she was visited by Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

Erin is survived by her parents Joe and Margaret, brother Jonathan, dog Princess, grandpa Frank, aunt Winnie uncles Gerard, Sean and Martin, many cousins in Ireland, London and here in the USA.

Friends and family are welcome to visit on Thursday, February 2nd from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home in Mahopac. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, February 3rd at 11:30 AM at St. John The Evangelist Church, also in Mahopac. Interment will follow at Assumption Cemetery in Cortlandt Manor, NY.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions in Erin's name to:
Making Headway Foundation, 115 King St., Chappaqua, NY 10514, 914.238.8384 www.makingheadway.org, or
Community Cares, PO Box 37, Mahopac Falls, NY 10542-0037, 845-621-2273 www.communitycares.org, or
American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org