Marie Perry
1937 - 2020
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Marie Terese Perry November 26, 2020 Marie Terese Perry (Cerio) passed away Thanksgiving Day after a brief, yet brave battle with COVID-19. Born on April 7th, 1937, Marie was the daughter of Anthony Francis and Lucy Cerio of Syracuse. Marie graduated from St. John the Baptist Academy and Syracuse University, where she was a music major. After graduation, she moved to Oneida and was a music teacher in the VVS school district, teaching out of the Kenwood Park School. In 1959, Marie married Frank Perry, a wonderful marriage that lasted for 57 years. In 1963, Marie and Frank built our family home at 175 Skinner Road, where Marie continued to reside prior to her passing. With a wide circle of friends, Marie was a consummate hostess, putting on all types of events at the house and community, from dinner parties, to cookouts, cocktail parties and charity events. After completing her teaching career, Marie opened The Children's Loft in the Sherrill Shopping Plaza. She ran a very successful business for almost 15 years, making friends with many of her years-long customers. In between raising a family and owning her business, Marie was busy volunteering her time and enthusiasm for various organizations: Longtime member of the Oneida Progress Club; Board member of the Oneida Community Mansion House Service Corporation; Oneida Healthcare Follies; Oneida Healthcare White Cap Ball; Oneida Area Arts Council; Friends of the Mansion House Golf Tournament; Long time member of the Oneida Community Golf Club; Long time member of Kanon Valley Country Club; Long time member of Utica District Women's Golf League A very good golfer in her own right, Marie immensely enjoyed her days playing golf with her numerous golf buddies. She also spent a good deal of time golfing in Destin, Florida, where Marie and Frank retired to in the early 1990s. Gardening was a lifelong passion of Marie's, with beautiful gardens and potted plants throughout the property. Even when ill health limited Marie's scale of gardening, she still insisted on having one. Throughout her well-lived life, Marie's special passion was the piano. While her repertoire was broad, Marie's favorites were the classics, particularly Chopin, Mozart and Beethoven. Recently, Marie was enjoying herself mastering boogie woogie. Marie spent several hours a day practicing on her Knabe grand piano, keeping her mind sharp and her arthritic fingers limber. Marie will be remembered for her independence, kindness, grace, dignity and being the bedrock of our family. She was always supportive in family endeavors and providing her family unconditional love. While our family is heartbroken over the loss of our beloved mother, we take comfort in her memories and the very full life she lived. Marie is predeceased by her husband, Frank, her sister Rosamond Bennati, and her parents. Marie is survived by her son, Mark Perry of Phoenix, Arizona, daughter Maria Skinner and granddaughter, Sophia Skinner both of Oneida, daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Charles Manfred of Westport, NY and step-granddaughter, Emily Manfred. Other surviving family members include her brother-in-law, Gene Bennati of Sherrill, her brother and sister-in-law, Dan and Mary Cerio of Cicero and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert and Lorraine Perry of Vancouver, British Columbia Canada. Marie is also survived by many nieces and nephews in the United States and Canada. Marie had many close and special friends throughout her life, and we want those close to her to know how much she cared for and loved them. There will be a private viewing for immediate family due to COVID-19 restrictions. The family will host a celebration of Marie's life in the late spring/early summer of 2021. Donations may be made to the Oneida Healthcare Foundation, 321 Genesee Street, Oneida NY 13421 or https://www.oneidahealth.org/giving/foundation/. Please sign the guestbook at syracuse.com/obits
Published in Syracuse Post Standard from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, 2020.
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January 4, 2021
Mr. Bennati, I am very sorry to hear about your sister-in-law's passing. You can take comfort that she is in a better place. My prayers are with your family as we enter a new year, which is going to be a very difficult time.
Stephanie D Schell
December 29, 2020
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Emily Sanderson
December 29, 2020
What a beautiful reflection of your mom’s life. You’ve shared her passion for life and for people. It was a blessing for Pete and I to have known her. She graciously hosted a couples bridal shower for us, days with the kids by the pool with “Papa” as Nathan called your dad, and sweet times of just talking. Thank you for including us in your circle and we will miss your mom greatly.
Sandy Lombardi
Friend
December 7, 2020
Mark, Maria, Melissa, I am so saddened by your loss. Your Mom was always a source of kindness and generosity. I hope you are well.
Dr. Elisabeth Gray (Lisa Hickman)
Neighbor
December 4, 2020
As a friend of Marie’s she will missed what a wonderful person I have ever meet. I bought the children’s store from her and we had so much fun getting me started traveling to NYC together. She taught all the ropes to keep the store going. She was my angel and now god will be looking over her. We all love and cherished your memories. God bless your family
Ginny Baker
Friend
December 3, 2020
As one of Marie's cousins, I will always remember all the fun and laughter we shared at family reunions, cousin dinners and other get togethers. What a wonderful tribute to such a special woman. Please accept our deepest sympathies on your loss.
Terese (Terry) and Clark Smith
Family
December 3, 2020
Maria, Mel & Family. Just read (12/3/20) of your mother’s passing. My deepest sympathy. I adored your mother. Such a wonderful and gracious lady with a great sense of humor. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Ursula Carmola
Friend
December 3, 2020
My condolences to the Perry family. Mark , I am the guy that bought your dad's town car a few years back. Just want to express my sympathy and prayers for your family during this difficult time.
Michael Durant
Acquaintance
December 3, 2020
What can we say that hasn’t already been said about this delightfully charming, grace filled lady? May her wonderful legacy live on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know her. Rest in God’s peace sweet lady.
cathy & don cornue
Friend
December 2, 2020
Rest in peace my beautiful cousin .
Art DeFabio
Family
December 2, 2020
We loved Marie, and we still can't believe she has passed on to her eternal home in heaven and with Frank. This obituary about her life is absolutely beautiful. What a life well lived. We remember moving in, and Marie was a well dressed hip and happy retired person golfing, grilling, gardening and having her evening cocktail. Madi adored Marie and "Fank" as she called him when she was 2 years old and couldn't quite say Frank. What a wonderful family she nurtured and raised. She, like all mothers, strongly influenced her children and put three great people to share with the world. Our hearts are heavy with her loved ones here on earth and especially Melissa, Maria, Mark, and Sophia.
Maria Papa
Neighbor
December 2, 2020
Mrs. Perry was my music teacher as well. A truly beautiful person. When I retired from teaching and went to work at the Oneida Community Golf Course, I would always enjoy a smile, a wave, or a conversation with her while she worked in her yard. It was always a nice way to start or end my day.
Chris Liddycoat
Friend
December 2, 2020
Marie and Frank were two the kindest people I ever had the pleasure of knowing. Marie lived her life with grace and love for all she came in contact with. Both Marie and Frank will be dearly missed by all that knew them. My heartfelt sympathy to the entire Perry family.

Clayton Kimball
Clayton Kimball
Friend
December 1, 2020
Our condolences to the Perry family. Marie was such a warm, lovely and kind lady. Our paths crossed so many times. Progress Club, the Follies, Oneida Healthcare and definitely at the store. Marie outfitted my daughter for many years! Marie and Frank will be remembered very fondly by us.....what a beautiful obituary....a fitting tribute to a beautiful life!❤
Jay and Ann Pierz
Friend
December 1, 2020
Marie was my elementary school music teacher who first instilled a love for singing in me as well as teaching me instrumental music as a Fifth grader. We have been friends for over 60 years and I continue to be grateful to her for her love for music which affected so many of us who were fortunate to have had her in our lives. I shall miss her terribly and will cherish her always.
Kay Reames Curtin
Friend
December 1, 2020
Marie and Frank were one of the first couples I was friends with when I moved to Oneida. My first experience with her was in Syracuse where there was a church talent show. Marie played the piano while I danced to Somewhere over the Rainbow. She was a wonderful person MY she rest in piece
Mona Militello
Friend
December 1, 2020
Marie was my first music teacher and taught me how to play the clarinet! She was also a wonderful friend to my mother Sue Warren, who worked with her at the children’s store... those were happy and wonderful years...she was a great lady..

Sally Warren Mcgrogan
High Point, NC
Sally mcgrogan
Friend
November 30, 2020
I have known Marie for many years as a family member but more as a special friend. Our “Cousins” dinners & our gatherings were such fun. She loved her family so much, & was always interested in everyone’s life & their passions.
Such a wonderful lady will always be with us. Rest In Peace, Marie.
Connie & Rick
Connie & Rick Ritter
November 30, 2020
From the youngest cousin to the eldest cousin, you are loved and will be missed. Our monthly cousin dinners won’t be the same without you. Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family.
Vincent Melfi and Joanne Metallo
Family
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