In Loving

Sterling Reidelbach

Aug 15, 1978 – Mar 03, 2015

terling Reidelbach, friend-maker extraordinaire, who embodied the candle that burns twice as brightly but burns half as long, died suddenly on March 3, 2015, at the age of 36. No one has embraced life as fully and joyfully as Sterling or magnetically attracted so many people to be in his presence. His loyalty was fierce. His laughter infectious. Sterling had a wonderful and sometimes outrageous sense of humor. He taught everyone he met to laugh and enjoy life.Sterling Manson Reidelbach was born August 15, 1978, to Blucher and Faye Reidelbach at St. Mary’s Hospital in Louisa, Virginia. He lived his entire life in the booming metropolis of downtown Bumpass, which he said was the greatest place on earth so why would he ever want to leave.Sterling married the love of his life, Amanda Lloyd, on April 11, 2008. Together, they enjoyed many things and unveiled the best part of the other. In 2009, they welcomed Brooke, who exemplifies Sterling’s sweet, funny, and joyous personality. Reece, Sterling’s mini-me, joined the family in 2013, and has Sterling’s adventurous, energetic, playful, and stubborn personality. Sterling found such complete joy, and sometimes total frustration, in his children, but they were everything to him. He always wanted his home filled with countless visitors, sometimes to the chagrin to Amanda but always wanted and welcomed.Surviving him is his wife, Amanda Reidelbach; children, Brooke and Reece; parents, Blucher and Faye Reidelbach, of Bumpass, VA; sister, Anne Reidelbach Bierman, of Durham, NC; brother, Mark Reidelbach, of Montpelier, VA; nieces, Ashley and Amanda Turner, of Durham, N.C.; and a record number of devoted friends. He loved them all, and he knows they loved him. He is preceded in death by his sister, Kelly Reidelbach, his uncle, Lionel Reidelbach, and his father-in-law, Howard Lloyd, with whom he is surely enjoying a few nice cold beers and a couple rounds of horseshoes.Sterling enjoyed so many things, but most of all he enjoyed being with those he loved, always trying to embrace life to its fullest. He had a way of becoming a friend to everyone. Sterling touched many lives, including the lives of people who never even met him. He will be remembered by all for his smile, his warmth, his energy, his love for life, family, and friends. He was truly a character and the world is a little less bright without him.The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm on Friday, March 6, 2015 at Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa, Virginia. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3 pm on Saturday, March 7th at the funeral home.In lieu of flowers, Sterling’s family is asking all who knew and loved him to make a donation for his children’s future education in the following way: Make checks payable to The Sterling Reidelbach Memorial Fund and mail to Fulton Bank c/o Judy Dowdy at 9030 Stony Point Parkway, Suite 150, Louisa, VA 23235.