Ann Reinstrom, who was the mother of the Artistic Director Gary Reinstrom, passed away on 11-19-19. Ann, who was sweet, smart and witty, was a huge fan of music and The First Brass.
Ann was born during the Second World War in the home of her family’s farm in Hepstedt Germany. She was the second of five children born to Tina (Stelling)and Henry Gehlken. Her Grandmother convinced her at age 16 to immigrate to the United States where she was sponsored by her aunt Margie. Ann flourished in Brooklyn and convinced her family to immigrate as well. Soon thereafter she met and married Frank Reinstrom. The couple opened Reinstrom’s Delicatessen and had children: Ken, Gary and Denise. In 1970 the family moved to Sarasota. Ann and Frank soon convinced parents, friends, siblings and cousins that Sarasota was indeed the promised land. Ann was quiet and yet persuasive. She loved, she laughed, she partied, she worked and she gave us a Faith in God that gives us hope for the life to come. Ann is survived by her brother Harry(Loretta); children Ken(Dot), Gary (Lorel), Denise Sam(Robert); grandchildren: Danielle (Andy), Derek, Adam, Scotty, Lindsey, Loren; great grandchildren: Christian and Lilly. Visitation is Sunday November 24th 12pm Our Savior Lutheran Church, Nokomis FL. Service at 1pm. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The First Brass.
These funds will be used to mentor young musicians and for performances at churches and retirement facilities that would not normally be able to afford to hire professional musicians.
The First Brass and Jacobites are enjoying playing at local churches, retirement centers and private parties. If you are interested to learn about our public performances, please call 941-928-0296.