Shane Castellini-Sjtorm died April 23 at Capital Hospice in Arlington, Va., from complications associated with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), according to friends. He was 52.
Castellini-Sjtorm was born in Belize. After graduating from St. John’s College High School in 1981, he served in the United States Army at Fort Hood, Texas, and Germany. After his tour of duty, he attended Northern Virginia Community College, where he studied fine art, and completed a master’s program in philosophy at George Mason University. He worked as a visual merchandiser at Nordstrom and J.C. Penney and was communications director at Anton Gallery.
He later started his own design business, Sjtorm+Theory, which he operated even after he became ill. As an interior decorator and garden designer, he created many interiors and gardens in Washington and New York.
His shop was a well-known fixture in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington for years.
Castellini-Sjtorm, who was gay, often befriended his clients and was remembered for being “warm and generous.” He donated much of his time to many charitable causes. In 2015, he received the Blinded American Veterans Foundation volunteer award for the many years he devoted to helping the organization.
He is survived by nine siblings, many nephews and nieces and numerous friends.