In Memory

Terri Temm (Labate)

Terri Temm (Labate)

August 1, 1955 - February 20,2022


´╗┐Terri Louise Temm Labate, 66, of Wilmington, NC left her earthly body and was reunited with her eternal loved ones on Sunday February 20, 2022 at Lower Cape Fear Lifecare Hospice house.  She died as a result of complications from Corticobasal Degeneration.  

Terri was born August 1, 1955 in Los Angeles, CA to the late Evelyn (Preising) and Lawrence Temm. Terri was a graduate of South Pasadena High School, (South Pasadena, CA) Class of 1973. She married her husband Carmel in August 1979.  Terri was a stay at home mom for many years raising her four children. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Education from Slippery Rock University (Slippery Rock, PA) in 1997. Terri spent the next 21 years teaching Pre-K through the Head Start Program.

In her free time, before her illness, she enjoyed making art, sewing, hiking, and running. Her kind spirit and infectious laughter will be missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her children Natalie Labate, Mary (Luke) Perry, Jonathan Labate and Hannah Labate; her husband Carmel Labate; four brothers Mike (Kathy)Temm, Edward Temm, Gregory (Tonia) Temm, and Peter Temm; two grandchildren Theodore Labate and Evelyn Perry; three nieces and one nephew.

A memorial service will be planned later this year.  

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to either: CurePSP at or to Lower Cape Fear Lifecare at

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03/07/22 03:21 AM #2    

Georgia Shaver (Shaver-Boccaccini)

Terri - lookiing at Junior and High School yearbooks I can feel your kindness, hear your laughter and see your achievements.  Once we all went our separate ways, we only reconnected at reunions where we caught up with life, At the last reunion it was clear your were not well, but nonethless here you were, having flown out to LA to be with your classmates. I thought we would see you at the 50th but this is not to be - I am so sorry.  Many SPHS friends kept us abreast of your deterioating health - the love and support turned to hearbreak a few days ago. You have joined the angels and they will be enriched as we have been with your very essence of goodness.  RIP

03/07/22 11:46 AM #3    

Donna Franklin

I am so deeply saddened by your passing. One of my favorite memories of you was our camping trip to San Diego with my family. You were so sweet and fit right in with my nieces. Later in life when my niece Holly was so sick, you reached out to me, a simple kindness. But so very you. 

I was so blessed to have you as a friend in my teen years, and to reconnect with you in "adulthood". May you soar in heaven, free from pain. The skies received a beautiful angel, much love to your family. Give Holly a hug from me please. 


Donna Franklin

03/07/22 12:54 PM #4    

James Griffin

In September of 2020 I heard or Terri's condition from a classmate on her rare condition called cortical basal disease where she lost of her ability to speak, do daily activities including struggling to walk.
She was living in N. Carolina near Wilmington. 
Terri was courageous I am sure in her daily struggle with her condition. Although I did not really know Terri other than seeing her radiant smile and spirit in our High School days, she will live on in our hearts and all that knew her will miss her.
Sending condolences to her family.  


Griff Tiger 73' 

03/07/22 03:50 PM #5    

Georgia Held (Schrager)

My sweet friend Terri, I have so many cherished memories of our time together.  I love you and will miss you always.

03/08/22 12:34 PM #6    

Marsha L Ginsburg

To my fellow Tiger teammate and my fellow Tigerette, a wistful farewell. You will be remembered always for your fun nature and dazzling smile, cherished for your consistent kindness and loved for making the class of 73 a better group. I'm sure you were as beloved as a wife and mom as you were a classmate. Sending healing thoughts to your family.

03/08/22 12:43 PM #7    

Marsha L Ginsburg

Oh...and thanks again my fellow generous Leo for letting me borrow your skirt at tryouts. Amazing how small kindnesses still resonate 50 years later.

03/08/22 04:14 PM #8    

Karen Clifford (Romano)

The sweetest girl. Our Junior high school days. Always a smile. To have known you was a lucky day. Heavenly friend. Until we meet again.

03/09/22 05:01 PM #9    

Diana Ortega (DeLeon)

Terri was a wonderful friend since Oneonta days, where we formed strong bonds getting caught passing notes in class. We performed as The Monkees (along with our ringleader, Ann McDaniel) in an assembly for 5th and 6th graders (Ann was Davy, I was Peter, Terri was Mickey, and a girl named Joann was Mike). Our teacher, Mrs. Osborne, gave us the hook early on after she realized we weren't actually playing instruments, and were just lip-syncing. Who did she think we were, the actual Monkees? Oh the demoralization of it all.

We took tap dancing classes together in Eagle Rock, and were regulars at Pool’s Pharmacy on walks home from school. We visited often as her family grew, until she moved to North Carolina. Then we got together when she came out for class reunions or other important events. In the months leading up to her passing, I was blessed to take part in Zoom calls that her kids arranged between their mom and a group of friends. My life was better from having known Terri. I will miss her, but will always hold her and her kids safely in my heart. RIP Mickey.

03/10/22 12:44 PM #10    

Eric Palfreyman

Unfortunately, I did not know Terri well, but I do remember her kindnesses in greeting me. I saw her as one of the "attractive, popular" girls and I was, at best, normal. Her kindness to me is remembered by me four decades later. Rest in Peace, Terri. You were one of the good ones. 

03/13/22 05:16 PM #11    

Jacalyn Booth

What to say about an incredible woman?  She is gone, but not gone.  One of best friends in junior high and high school.  We shared our first apartment on Mohawk in Pasadena.. . .right across the hall from Debbie and Roberta.  Some fun times!!  

Terri was always kind, loving, beautiful (inside and out), smart, giving, caring. . .a wonderful friend, mother, sister, daughter.  

The "girls' " weekends we had at Roberta's were wild and fun, and it was sooooooo wonderful that she made a point of being there from back East.  (maybe Debbie you can post a picture from one of the weekends on the cow??)

She is still with us. . . .and always will be.  I love you Terri.

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