Diana C. Swinglehurst Stadtmiller

December 9, 1935January 22, 2013

Gales Ferry, CT – Diana C. Stadtmiller, 77, of 55 Hurlbutt Road, passed away suddenly on Tuesday afternoon, Jan 22, 2013. Diana was born in England on Dec 9, 1935 to Dr. Richard and Constance Swinglehurst. She was a 1953 graduate of the Paris Academy of Dressmaking in London, where she became an expert seamstress and designer, a craft she continued to pursue and explore her entire life. Her first husband, Michael T. Allen and second husband, William C. Stadtmiller, both predeceased her. She is survived by her two loving brothers Peter and his wife Mary, and Ricky and his wife Rosie, both residing in England. She leaves behind her three children, Richard and his wife Linda, Peter, and Nikki; three step-children Sue and her husband Doug, Jeff, and Mark; six grandchildren Ashley and her husband Nick, Eric, Jesse, Ian, Tanner, and Hannah; three nieces Samantha, Maddy, Joanna and their spouses; and three nephews Ian, Richard, Adam and their spouses. Diana was a long time Inn-Keeper at the beautiful Steamboat Inn located in Mystic, CT. She considered the owners and co-workers of the Inn part of her extended family. She loved working with the public and took great pride in everything she did, down to the smallest detail. Diana was also affectionately known as “Auntie Diner” to the children of her nieces and nephews in England. One of her great joys was picking up little treasures throughout the year to send to England at Christmas. She enjoyed showering the people she loved with “gifts of love”. Her face would light up with joy when she heard that her gifts of love had brought much happiness, smiles and laughter to the children. Diana (Mom) will be sorely missed by her family, friends, and all those touched by her grace. Go with the grace of God on the wings of angels Mom. Calling hours will be Sunday, 27 Jan, 2013 from 1:00 to 4:00pm at Church & Allen Funeral Home, 136 Sachem Street, Norwich, CT 06360. Online condolences at



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Richard Allen

July 24, 2015

Hi Mom, we've just confirmed a connection to your half-cousin (Ian Mackley) via the Internet... he and his family live in New Zealand. We're all thrilled to expand our family base and know you've had your fingers in all this orchestrating a reunion! I have to say the picture of Siena is like seeing you at that age. I think of you every day, and know you're spirit is always close by. Love, Rich

Maddy Swinglehurst

May 13, 2015

Forever with us giving us strength, tenacity and a vigour for life! We thank you and bless you for being our rock you beautiful, fabulous lady. Xxxx

Richard Allen

May 11, 2015

Happy Mother's Day 2015 mom... we planted flowers in your honor. It was a beautiful spring day in the 70's. We miss you and send you all our love :-)

Lynn Lockhart/Dunkley

March 25, 2015

Wednesday 25th March 2015.
to all Dianas Family, belated condolences to you all, the last time I saw Diana was at least 22 years ago, she grew up with my Sister and her Dad Richard was our family Doctor, Ricky and I were friends as teeneagers all in the days of Park Road Staines England. My mother was a great family friend with Richard and Constance..Mabel and John Dunkley. on behalf of all our family I am sending this note, I learnt of her demise while trawling the Internet and wanted to let you know that from afar she will never be forgotten.My own Mother passed 20 years ago and never a day passes that I dont miss her. Thank you for sharing these wonderful photographic memories for us all to keep Diana close to us .Warmest wishes & Kindest regards Lynn Lockhart (nee Dunkley), strangely I also live in Norwich ...Norfolk UK.

J & M Fandozzi

May 22, 2013

To Diana's family...deepest condolences for your loss. We are long-time guests of Steamboat and just learned of her passing as we went to make reservations for our 25th wedding anniversary celebration. We are so very sad that our most favorite Steamboat person has passed, but comforted by memories of her wonderful spirit, unending kindness, and beautiful smiling face. Our prayers are with you.

Monica galiano

March 19, 2013

Diana touched my families hearts each time we stayed at the Steamboat Inn. She had a heart of gold and a personality to light up a room. God bless her and her family.

Andrew Parrella

February 14, 2013

Peter and family,
We all remember Diana helping our grandmother with her dresses and great times at Shenecossett Beach years ago. So sorry for your loss.

DiAnn and Bob Morrison

February 1, 2013

Dear Nikki,Peter,Rich and family, I meet your Mom when we worked together at the Mystic Seaport and from that moment on, we became great friends. As I read the messages in the guest book I realized how many people this beautiful soul touched...Diana loved the symbol of the sun and one day I remember asking her why she loved the Sun so much and she replied," It makes me happy! Diana's warmth and shining light of her soul embraced all of us. And that light will shine forever...Your in our prayers, DiAnn and Bob Morrison, Clayton, North Carolina

January 30, 2013

I am heartbroken at losing a wonderful loving talented sister. My thoughts and love are with you at this sad time.

January 29, 2013

Very sorry for your loss.

Throw anxiety on God he loves you and can reivie your broken hearts.
John 3:16, Isaiah 57:15.