Michael  Reidlinger


ROXBURY - It is with great sadness that the family of Michael Reidlinger, "Reidy," announces his passing from ALS on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at the age of 58 years. Michael will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 28 years, Dawn; son, Brendan; mother, Patricia (Fredericks) Reidlinger; sister, Patty Schick; brother, Charlie and sister-in-law, Whitney Reidlinger; mother and father-in-law, Clyde and Barbara Heermance; brother and sister-in-law, Brian and Penny Heermance; nieces, Sarah and Meghan Schick and Elle Reidlinger; and nephews, Bradley and Matthew Heermance.
Michael was predeceased by his father Francis "Frank" Reidlinger; and brother-in-law, Al Schick.
Michael was born in Manhattan on Dec. 5, 1960. He was raised in Glendale and Farmingdale.
He graduated with a bachelor's degree from SUNY Oswego and an master's degree from SUNY Oneonta.
He started his teaching career as a shared-services art teacher at Roxbury, Windham and Stamford central schools, eventually becoming the full-time high school art teacher at Roxbury Central School.
For 35 years he was also a lifeguard with the Jones Beach Lifeguard Corps, working primarily at Hither Hills State Park in Montauk.
Michael was kind, humble, creative, free-spirited, optimistic and joyful. His passions were many: having fun with family and friends, playing guitar, throwing pottery on the wheel, playing sports of all kinds, surfing, snowboarding, supporting the New York Mets and New York Knicks through thick and (mostly) thin, fixing hopelessly broken things, spending as much time as possible outdoors, learning new things, and teaching, coaching and nurturing his students. Although his life was not long, he lived it well and with grace, positivity and love.
A time to celebrate the life of Michael will start at noon, Saturday, May 11, at the Roxbury Central School.
Donations in Michael's memory may be made to The ALS Association, P.O. Box 37022, Boone, IA 50037-0022, or Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 297 River Street Service Road, Oneonta, NY 13820.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Miller Funeral Home, Roxbury.
Published on May 12, 2019
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Art Merrill
May 13, 2019
Dawn and Brendan,
I'm am so very sorry to hear of Mike's passing. I know we've been out of touch recently, but please know you are in my thoughts, and please, please let me know if there is anything I can do. Text me sometime 816-808-7478.
Adeline and Patrick Wojciechowski
May 12, 2019
Dawn and Brendan I send my love and I wish I had magic words to make this easier but I have none. I am always here for anything I can do or just to get together.

With caring thoughts,
Addy and Patrick
Susie and Robbie
May 12, 2019
A special friend who will always, along with his family, have a special place in our hearts! Much love, Susie and Robbie