Dianne C. Rintz

Mar 06, 2018

Wilmington, N.C. — Dianne Clark Rintz passed peacefully surrounded by her family at Wilmington Hospice Feb. 23, 2018, at the age of 79. Dianne was born in Rockland Jan. 9, 1939, to Ruth (Clark) and Charles Mitchell. She was raised by her grandparents, Nettie (Smalley) and Merritt Clark, in Tenants Harbor. She attended the one-room schoolhouse in Tenants Harbor and later graduated from Gould Academy in Bethel. After graduating from high school, Dianne attended Russell Sage College in New York for a year.

Dianne moved from Maine to Branford, Conn., in 1973 and was a resident there until recently. She worked for many years as an ophthalmic technician at Guida Ophthalmology in New Haven. She loved working in the medical field and found it very rewarding. Dianne enjoyed spending time with her family, gardening, antiques, reading, taking walks, travel and listening to opera. She spent many hours caring for the gardens in her yard and was especially fond of peonies, lilacs and roses, which she grew in abundance. She had a good eye for antiques and her home is filled with many of her finds,,which she would refinish and display. She was known for her pies and flakey pie crust. She attended a gathering of her family over Thanksgiving and was excited to visit with her grandchildren and meet her first great-grandchild, Leah.

Dianne was predeceased by her beloved grandparents, Nettie and Merritt Clark; her parents; her paternal grandmother, Caroline Mitchell; and her former husbands, John Court Staffeld Sr. and Stanley Rintz.

She is survived by her brother, Paul “Joe” Imhof, of Cape Coral, Fla.; her children, Karen Staffeld of Dexter, John Court Staffeld Jr. of North Ft. Meyers, Fla., and Carolyn Martino of Wilmington, N.C.; her stepdaughters, Dorothy “Dot” McBride and Terry Rintz; six grandchildren, Jessica Staffeld, Nicole Collett, Dana Staffeld, Christopher Martino, Andrew Martino and Sarah Martino; and a great-grandchild, Leah Bowling. She also leaves behind longtime friends Margaret Carleton, Carol Kiefer, Joan Collins and Betty Polverari.

A memorial service celebrating Dianne's life will be held in Branford, Conn., in April and a graveside service will be held in Thomaston later this year. At her wish, she will be laid to rest beside her grandparents in Thomaston Village Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Hall's of Thomaston.

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