Kevin J. Reistrom, 32, of Syracuse, was surrounded by his loving family as he was called home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, after a long and courageous battle with brain cancer.
Kevin was everything a great man could be. He was a loving son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, friend, and above all, a very loving husband. He worked very diligently at everything that he did in his life. He graduated from Henninger High School in 1996 where he excelled academically. In addition to his scholastic achievements, Kevin played varsity football and lacrosse, which culminated in him receiving the student/athlete award as a senior. Kevin also played the alto saxophone in the concert and jazz bands for 4 years at Henninger and was selected to play with the Stan Colella All Star band for several years. He successfully pursued and earned a Bachelor?s degree in Health and Exercise Science from Syracuse University in 2001 and then worked as a fitness trainer for Train to Attain. With his perseverance and commitment to life-long learning, this led him to SUNY Upstate Medical School where he not only earned a second Bachelors degree, but also earned his Master?s degree in Physical Therapy. He thoroughly enjoyed working at Mary Lou Corcoran Physical and Aquatic Therapy as a well respected physical therapist. It gave him a great sense of pride and satisfaction to help improve the quality of life for his clients.
Kevin is survived by his wife of 2 years: Jamie Bottino Compton Reistrom, his parents Carl and Mary Ellen Reistrom of DeWitt, his mother-in-law Luann Bottino of Syracuse, his maternal grandmother Carmella Dungey Peiffer, and his grandmother-in-law Shirley Bottino of Cicero. He is also survived by his sister Catherine Adam Smith of Savona, NY and his brother Carl Lia Reistrom of DeWitt. Also surviving are his five nieces and nephews whom he adored: Corissa, Shaina, and Aaron Smith and Celia and Luke Godson Reistrom as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Kevin especially enjoyed spending time with his family at home and also at their summer camp on Oneida Lake. His close friends, John Bubba, Andy and Alex shared many good and memorable times together. Kevin loved attending Yankee games, bowling, golfing, reading, listening to music, playing cards and various types of games. Kevin was truly a goal oriented, polite, dignified and loving man who will be missed by so many people in many different ways!
We are all very grateful to the dedicated doctors and nurses at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA as well as the supportive staff at the Astra Zeneca Hope Lodge in Jamaica Plains, Massachusetts.
Friends may call Sunday from 1-5 pm at Krueger Funeral Home Inc., 2619 Brewerton Rd., Mattydale. Funeral Services will be on Monday, 10 am at Sacred Heart Church in Cicero. Burial will follow in North Syracuse Cemetery. Contributions in Kevin?s memory may be made to the Astra Zeneca Hope Lodge, Attn: Brittney Stockley, 125 S. Huntington Ave., Jamaica Plains, MA 02130.