Deborah Betz Rhein Stevenson, B. 6/11/59 D. 5/2/13, will be deeply missed by her family: her husband John David Gordon Stevenson of Christchurch New Zealand and Triangle Virginia; her parents Phyllis Betz Rhein and John Hancock Willing Rhein III of Garden City, New York; and Saunderstown RI; her sister Susan Betz Rhein Dubowski, brother-in-law Donald Edward Dubowski and nephew Nicholas E Dubowski of St. James NY; her brother and sister-in-law John Hancock Willing Rhein IV and Petra Kettler Rhein of Scottsdale AZ.
Deborah made her debut at the Cathedral of the Incarnation Cotillion in 1976 and graduated from the Cathedral School of St. Mary class of 1977. Upon graduation she was given the “Courtesy and Fine Feeling Award.” She worked for the ECONOMIST magazine and Cablevision. In 2011 she married John Stevenson.
Deborah was a director of St. Mary’s Development Fund Inc. now known as the Stewart Fund in Memory of St. Mary and St. Paul. She was an accomplished pianist; a talented artist; an ardent animal lover; a loving daughter; wife; sister and a friend to many.
In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate any donations to the following charities: American Cancer Society, The Stewart Fund in Memory of St. Mary and St. Paul, The Wounded Warrior Project, St. Mary’s Carle Place.
A New Constellation
There’s a new constellation in Heaven above,
And its shaped like a heart; it’s message is love.
Although we can’t see it; we know it is there.
It twinkles for Debbie; luminescence to share.
Everyone loved Debbie; she lit up her space.
She seemed always happy; a smile on her face.
Her days once were filled with laughter and song.
We all were so sad when things went so wrong.
She fought the good fight, and she did it her way.
Our Deb loved her life. What more could we say?
From all anguish, suffering and pain,
Debbie, now angel, is free once again.
A wonderful daughter, sister, spouse and friend;
She’s now in paradise where life has no end.
So shine on constellation; we’ll welcome your sight.
We love your message; love lights the night.
A poem by John H. W. Rhein III in memory of his daughter Deborah Betz Rhein Stevenson
In lieu of flowers a contribution in Debbie’s name could be made to:
American Cancer Society: www.cancer.org/donate
Wounded Warriors Project: http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/
The Stewart Fund in Memory of St. Mary & St. Paul
127 Cherry Valley Ave.
Garden City, NY 11530
St. Mary’s Virtual Memorial Cemetery
252 Rushmore Ave.
Carle Place, NY 11514