Diane Kay Rodia, 80, wife of the late Dennis Rodia passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Friday October 8, 2021. She was a lifelong Norwalk resident born on January 30, 1941 to the late William and Emily (Vaast) Mulvoy.
Diane had many titles not just Diane, she was Mom, Nana, Porch lite lulu, Big Red, and my dad would call her Sam whenever they would leave a gathering. she was very loving and very affectionate; she loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren and I believe the last few years she fought to stay alive just for them. She was so strong. My mom loved Holidays, Christmas was her favorite, she loved to cook for everybody and making deserts was her specialty. The first 30 years of her life were not easy years from what I’m told, she always told me that meeting my father was the best thing that ever happened to her and I remember as a child them being so happy and my dad loved her children like they were his own. My mom would always make people laugh at picnics and parties, my mom and dad would feed off each other and always be the life of the party, like 2 comedians. My mom loved Sunday rides with no destination, she loved going on trips and eating at just average Restaurants, she loved gossip with her friends and family, she loved watching Family Feud with Steve Harvey, her first crush was Marlon Brando, she would love telling stories about when she was a child and baking deserts with her grandmother Kitty, she would take us for rides to Marvin Beach and show us where she grew up. She told us how dead fish and turtles and birds would always wash up on the beach and she would give them Funerals and charge the kids in the neighborhood a nickel to attend, she loved to read books and the people magazine. She loved her pets so much; she would still cry over Pookie and he passed away 34 years ago. My mom thought she was a burden because I was taking care of her, but I never once thought of her as a burden, it was a honor for me to take care of her the same way she took care of me when I came home from the hospital. The hardest thing I ever had to do was tell my mom it was ok to go home to God, go home and be with my dad and brothers and the rest of our beautiful family that was waiting for her, we would all be ok, go home, I get comfort in knowing who was waiting for her and that she suffers no more, she can walk again and see everybody she has been missing. We will keep her alive with so many great stories and she’s gone but not forgotten. Goodbye mother and thank you for being my mother Love always and forever R.I.P.
Diane is survived by her children Christopher Rodia, Debra Verras, Anthony, Richard, and Jeanne Scire, step daughter Michelle Turner and her very dear friend Ora LaMadeleine. She will be dearly missed by her 8 grandchildren; Philip, Brooke, Nicole, Christopher, Cassandra, Cara, Brandon, Zach, and Dennis as well as her 6 great grandchildren; Angellena, Jasmin, Julian, Aubrey, Ophelia, and Mason. In addition to her husband, Diane was pre deceased by her son Philip Scire and her step son Dennis Rodia.
A graveside service will be held for Diane on Wednesday October 13, 2021, 9:00 am in at St. Johns Cemetery 25 Camp Ave. Darien, CT.