Lori Jean Delia Kanestrin, 59, of East Setauket, Long Island, passed away peacefully at home on April 20, 2019.
Lori was born on March 24, 1960 in Huntington, Long Island, the youngest daughter of five children, three daughters and two sons, of Pat Delia and Emma Ghiringhelli Delia. She was educated on Long Island and received her bachelor’s degree in dietary science from the State University of New York at Oneonta. Lori went on to complete a doctorate in chiropractic medicine from the New York Chiropractic College and a master’s degree in human nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. She also served as a New York City Public School teaching fellow, where she received a teaching certificate in science education. During her career, Lori worked at a chiropractic and nutrition practice in East Setauket and as a consultant to a Head Start program in Port Jefferson, NY.
Lori was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. She enjoyed going to tag sales, kayaking in Stony Brook Harbor, and spending time with family and friends. She was a twenty-nine-year leukemia survivor and donated her time to a number of worthy causes, including serving as a group leader with the American Cancer Society and as master of ceremonies for the American Cancer Society Breakfast for Life. She was also an avid supporter of East End House in Cambridge, MA. Lori was fiercely compassionate and loved all living creatures, from her rabbit Chauncey to her dogs, Sarah, Annabelle, and Lucy.
Immediate family include her beloved husband Robert Kanestrin, her childhood sweetheart whom she married on September 24, 1983; her loving daughter, Emma Kanestrin; her mother and father, Emma and Pat Delia of Smithtown, NY; her siblings, sister Joette (deceased) and her husband Charles Curiano of Rotterdam, NY, sister Karen and her husband Bob Cotten of Farmingville, NY; Michael Delia and his partner Jonathan Cleveland of Marshfield, MA; Pat Delia, Jr. of Vero Beach, FL and his wife Victoria Marzullo Delia (deceased) of Santa Cruz, CA; nephews David Cotten and his fiancé Katie Duffield, Ben Cotten, and Matthew Curiano; and niece Jennifer Curiano.
In-laws include Robert and Rosemarie Kanestrin of Palm Coast, FL; grandmother-in-law Pauline Ceo (deceased) of Smithtown, NY; brother-in-law Thomas and his wife Jodi, and their children Marissa and Lucas; sister-in-law Dawn and her husband Pat Sarubbi of Holbrook, NY, and children Kaitlin and her partner Alex, Blake, and Nicholas; and sister-in-law Lisa Lugo of Deer Park and her children Richard, Damien, and Zachery.
Lifelong friends and loving extended family include Richard Kopp and wife Elaine (deceased); Lisa Kopp Lohsen and her husband Ken, and their children Mark and his partner Harold, Sean and his wife Sarah, Ryan, Kaitlyn, and Jennifer and her husband Mike; Barbara Kopp Prechtl and her husband Joe, and their daughter Rebecca; and Deborah Kopp Williams and her husband Ken, and their children Richard and his wife Corin, Elaine and her husband Mike, and Rachel and her husband Jared.
Memorial Visiting will be held Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 4 to 8 p.m. at the Branch Funeral Home, 190 East Main Street, Smithtown, NY. (firstname.lastname@example.org). Family Words of Remembrance and closing prayers on Tuesday at 7:30 PM.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Joette P. Delia Curiano Scholarship Fund in memory of the life of Lori Jean Delia Kanestrin, online at http://www.joettecurianofund.org/donate.html or mailed to:
Joette P. Delia Curiano Scholarship
c/o The Community Foundation
2 Tower Place
Albany, NY 12203