In Memory

Dianne Capehart (Anderson)

Dianne Capehart Anderson

M. Dianne Anderson, 68, of Mineral Wells, W.Va., died Thursday, July 15, 2010, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Pekin, Ill., a daughter of the late Dr. Bertis and Ida Mae Capehart.

She graduated from Montclair High School in New Jersey and Miami University of Ohio. She worked, in the past, as a systems analyst for Chemical Abstracts in Columbus and was a substitute teacher in Wood County. She was a member of P.E.O. all her life, as was her mother. She was active in chapters everywhere she lived, including Chapter Q in Parkersburg. She was past president of the West Virginia State Chapter, and served on the P.E.O. International Chapter on study and research committee.

Dianne was also very active with the Friends of Blennerhassett. She started as a docent and then served as President of The Friends of Blennerhassett and later chairperson of the Blennerhassett Historical Foundation. She was instrumental in the refurbishing of the Putnam/Houser House on the Island. She was also on the board and Secretary of The Parkersburg/Wood CountyVisitor and Convention Bureau.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years Winston Anderson; sons Brian Anderson (Randi Oomens) of Tucson, Ariz. and Doug Anderson (Tonya) of Parkersburg; grandson Brady Anderson; brother Mark Geannette; and sister Dawn Geannette-Cordo, both of New Jersey.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her second mother Sue Capehart and twin sister Suzanne.

Memorial services will be Sunday, July 25, 2 p.m. at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cottey College, 1000 W. Austin, NV, MO 64772; Blennerhassett Historical Foundation, 137 Juliana Street, Parkersburg, WV 26101, or Friends of Blennerhassett, 137 Juliana Street, Parkersburg, WV 26101.

Online condolences and memories for Dianne's family and friends may be left in the Guestbook  for Dianne at

Cards for Dianne's husband and family may be sent to Winston Anderson, 219 Plantation Drive, Mineral Wells, WV, 26150-9638


P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement of women; educate women though scholarships, grants, awards, loans, and stewardship of Cottey College; and motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations.

Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park is on an island in the Ohio River.  The park and the historic house are described at

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07/20/10 11:24 AM #1    

Michael Brodie

When I learned that Dianne Capehart Anderson wouldn't be able to attend our reunion and why, I wrote to her and I'm including the full text of that letter (email).  She wrote back to me and I'm including her answer as well.

Michael E. Brodie


Dear Dianne,

I was shocked and saddened when I saw your name in the TLC section of the MHS '60 website and what you are dealing with now.  I am well aware of  "the thousand natural shocks the flesh is heir to," but it doesn't seem right that people I know, admire and love should be afflicted this way.

I've thought about you many times in the years since we've seen each other and always fondly for the wonderful way you were with me.  That summer between our junior and senior years was magical and stands as one of the sweetest memories I have before I met my wife, Nanette. 

I normally find it easy to write to people, too easy perhaps, considering the number of words I churn out, but I don't know what I can say to make any sense of this to you or to me.  I lost my mother, father and sister to cancer, but I was simply appalled at the news of Suzanne's passing.  My sister, Kate, was a great and beautiful lady who I miss constantly, but Suzanne was your twin!  I cannot get my mind around what that must have been like for you.

If you don't feel like answering me, I understand completely.  If you do want to write, I welcome the chance to read what you have to say about anything that's on your mind.  Your intellect was as dazzling to me as your physical beauty, your athleticism, musicality and emotional maturity.  I felt truly blessed to have someone like you interested in me and I loved you.  I still do, but in the way friends love each other.

I hope I can be that friend for you now.  Whether I hear from you or not, you are a dear, sweet soul to me and I wish you peace and contentment.  If I can give you some of that, I will feel blessed- again.

       Your admiring friend,



Hi Michael,
I was glad to receive your email - it arrived on Wednesday (the day I had my weekly chemo), so I didn't feel well enough to respond.  My cancer is genetic in nature - my mother died when she was 47 years old!
But your kind words brought back many happy memories.  I don't know whether or not you are attending MHS's 50th reunion.  It sounds as though it will be a wonderful gathering.  Please give my warm regards to all our classmates for me!
Fondly, Dianne

08/27/15 06:28 PM #2    

Carl Heineck, MHS '59

NO ONE was better than Dianne. Dianne, her sister, and family were the absolute best. Dianne was, and will remain, the first love of my life. May God bless her and her family.

02/04/16 07:05 PM #3    

Carl Heineck, MHS '59

Dianne was the finest person I have ever known, except for my wife Louise. Her family, her sister, and Dianne herself were the epitomy of "best of class". Dianne and her family treated me as one of their own and I will never, ever, forget it. She was the best and her family was the best!!!!

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