portrait picture for Dianne Rodgers Stephenson

Service:A graveside service was held on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 1300, in Willowbrook Cemetery, Wilton, CT.

Dianne Rodgers Stephenson

March 1, 1936 ~ April 6, 2012

Dianne Rodgers Stephenson, Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Friend

Dianne Rodgers Stephenson of Weston, CT, died Friday, April 6, 2012. She was 76 years old.

Born on March 1, 1936 in New York City, Dianne was the daughter of the late Raymond and Anna Rodgers.  She graduated in 1953 from New York’s Garden Country Day School.  She then received her undergraduate degree in Education from Duke University in 1957.  Immediately after graduation, she married 2LT Richard E. Stephenson in the West Point Chapel. She taught various elementary classes as she travelled with her husband in their military career.  During their 55 year marriage they moved over 32 times.  One of her many gifts was the ability to make a home out of each of these temporary stops along the way, however short.  She was renowned for her gracious entertaining, all the more remarkable as she had no family history of military life.  Her remarkable gift for friendship, loyalty, and her love of life was naturally contagious, leaving an enduring legacy for all that followed.

She is survived by her loving husband of over 55 years, MG Richard E. Stephenson, (US Army Ret.), her two children and their spouses, Richard E. Stephenson II, his wife Aimee and Al and Tracy Viana, as well as her six grandchildren, Richard E. Stephenson III, Evangelina Grace Stephenson and William, Robert, Joseph and Katherine Viana.

Her own words:  “I was here.  I had a great time.  I had a wonderful marriage, children, grandchildren and friends.  That’s all.”

There was a celebration of her life, graveside, at Willowbrook Cemetery, Westport, Ct., on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 1300. A small reception with friends was also held to extend the celebration, which Dianne would have loved.

Dianne asked that any/all interested make a donation in her name to the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) Scholarship Foundation; www.quad-a.org, or Caringbridge.org,; a nonprofit site connecting family and friends when health matters most; or to the National Football Foundation, National Capital Chapter, c/o Mr.Gerald Mitchell, President, Secretary, 6108 Glen Oaks Ct, Springfield, VA 22152.  All three are non-profit, tax deductible charities.  They foster academic excellence and athleticism at the secondary school/collegiate levels.  Any charity of one’s choice is obviously encouraged. No flowers, please.

  1. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I enjoyed my time with Dianne very much.

    April 23, 2012
    Mary Beth Fyda -
  • MG(Ret) Stephenson,
    Janice and I send our deepest condolences and you are in our thoughts and prayers. It was good to talk to you on the phone today.
    God Bless you and your family….Warm Regards, Tim

    April 23, 2012
    Tim and Janice McHale -
  • General, Sir…

    My thoughts go out to you and your family at this time of loss. She was a great lady and I have many happy memories of her and you over the years. My deepest condolences…Warmest Personal Regards, John.

    April 24, 2012
    John Bryan -
  • Dear Stephenson- family, It’s impossble to express my deep sorrynes about loosing one of my real dear friend : Dianne ! Let me try to explain how much I feel with you , having lost the middelpoint of your life. Thre will be nobody else, who could replace the wife, you where living 55 years with – nobody who could give you the love and care a mother does … but be sure, she never. will leave you for ever . Always she will be with you in your heard and guide your deciccions. carfully – as always. yours Eva- Maria

    June 19, 2012
    eva-maria klumpp / germany -
  • Dick:

    Linda & I just picked up our Duke Alumni Magazine and learned of Dianne’s passing. We are so sorry. We consider you guys special friends even if we rarely saw you. You guys looked so great at Dianne’s 50th reunion at Duke. We also remembered that fun time on our back porch when you guys visited us on your way to Texas for helicopter training. Dianne kept us in stitches as we all laughed away the evening. I also remember meeting you the first time. I was swimming laps in the West Point pool as Duke was to swim Army the next day. I came up for air at the end of the pool to find you standing ram-rod straight in uniform. Your first words were,”tell me about Dianne Rodgers.” I’m glad that you approved my report! Linda & I are thinking of you because Dianne was special to all of us.


    December 10, 2012
    Led Gardner -
  • Dick and all, Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss of Diane who remains one of the most remarkable that I have ever met or will ever meet. The Star Lady was one of a kind and irreplaceable. Though she might object, we will pray for her. God Bless, Bill

    6 Jan 2013

    January 6, 2013
    Bill & Donna Hinds -
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