Danita Rowland Stegner, of Hackney, took her last breath on Friday (Dec. 14, 2012) while surrounded by her children, after a courageous battle with cancer. Despite her discomforts in the last months of her life, she always brought laughter to those she spent time with. Danita loved her family and friends and would always go out of her way to help those she cared for.
She was a caring and devoted mother to her children, Alexis and Andy. Her children were her strength and joy and she loved watching the happy moments in their lives. She also was a loving "Memal" to her grandchildren, Draven, Dimitri and Christopher. Danita was a wonderful friend to many and could always be counted upon for advice and a smile.
She enjoyed decorating, crossword puzzles, playing scrabble, watching TV, cooking and drinking coffee. She liked to read to little Christopher, and laugh with her stepdaughter, Jennifer. One of her favorite things to do was to spend time sharing memories with "Sissy" and "Bub" from their childhoods. She also looked forward to listening to stories and snuggling with her Draven, who always inspired her with his Super Powers. Though she may not admit it if she were here today, she loved to be serenaded by Alexis and Steph, especially to "Total Eclipse of the Heart". Danita reminded everyone around her through her special friendship with Kim that no one is ever too old for sleepovers. She appreciated the love and support of so many friends and family throughout her battle, especially Norma and John.
Danita is survived by her loving and devoted children, Alexis Waters and Andrew Rowland of Hackney; her husband, Ed Stegner of Hackney; her sisters, Darla Rowland (Mindy) of Akron and Diana Dailey of Waterford; two brothers; her father, Galen Rowland (Cynthia) of Waterford; her adorable grandchildren, Draven Rowland, Dimitri Rowland and Christopher Stegner; and her stepchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother, Lavina Rowland. She will be remembered, loved and missed by all whose lives she touched.
Friends may celebrate Danita's life with family at McCurdy Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, at McCurdy Funeral Home. Danita will be buried at Bartlett Cemetery. The family requests that any desired donations be made to St. Jude Hospital. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.mccurdyfh.com.