We Live in Hearts We
Leave Behind~Thomas Campbell
Melissa Jean Reiman
Melissa Jean Reiman, formerly of Chester, IL lost her five-year battle with cancer on Friday, May 1st in her hometown of San Diego, CA. Melissa was a loving daughter and sister, passionate friend, and devoted mother to son Ashton.
Melissa was born to Elliott and Susan (nee Runge) Reiman of Chester, IL on January 19, 1969. As a 1987 graduate of Chester High School, Melissa was a stand-out female athlete, earning nine varsity letters during her 11 seasons of participation in three sports. In 2006, Melissa was inducted into the Dick Roth Memorial CHS Sports Hall of Fame for her many accomplishments.
While having a passion for sports and fitness, Melissa excelled in other areas such as music. She was an active member in the CHS band, choir, and show choir. Melissa could often be found singing Def Leopard, Queen, or Quiet Riot tunes. Her music choice coupled with her fondness for bright, wild clothing earned her the nickname "Punk Rocker" by her classmates.
After high school, Melissa was beckoned by the sunshine of California and made San Diego her home. She graduated college with a business degree and found success in the field of technical recruiting. In 2001, she realized a dream come true by starting her own firm called NewProfessions. While in California, Melissa was active in the Mira Mesa Presbyterian Church and YMCA which became her families away from home.
Of all Melissa’s life accomplishments, the greatest was the creation of her son Ashton Jovan Reiman. Some of her favorite times spent with Ashton were swimming at the YMCA, playing cars, and garage sale treasure hunts.
Surviving Melissa is her son Ashton and father Gene Reiman of Chester, IL. Four siblings, Mesha Reiman of Davenport, FL, Mynde Reiman of Minneapolis, MN, Micah Reiman of Fairview Heights, IL and Carolynn Reiman of Fallbrook, CA. Leroy Karsten of Marissa, IL is the surviving grandparent. Melissa’s mother, Susan Reiman, siblings Matthew and Melanie Reiman, and grandparents preceded her in death.
Friends are gathering for a Memorial Service for Melissa at noon on Sunday, May 17, 2009 at the First United Methodist Church in Chester, IL. Luncheon to follow.