OBITUARY

Alexis Theresa Rinicella

December 17, 1991June 19, 2013

Alexis Theresa Rinicella, known as “Beanie” by her family, passed away suddenly after a short illness on June 19th, 2013 at the age of 21. She left this earth in Houston, Texas, surrounded by her loving parents, Randy and Lisa (Bowling) Rinicella and her four siblings, Alex, Alana, Gina, and Toni.

Born in Fairview Park, Ohio, she spent her childhood years in Strongsville, Ohio and attended St. Joseph and John School, where she played as a member of the Viking’s basketball team. She relocated with her family to Houston, Texas, where she attended eighth grade at John Paul II Catholic School and graduated from the upper school at Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in 2010. From her time in middle school through upper school, she continued to play basketball whilst pursuing her varied and eclectic interests. She also enjoyed acting and participated in her school’s 2008 staging of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, in which she played the amusing role of Kitty. Upon graduating, she was accepted to Arizona State University before transferring to Texas Christian University. While at ASU, she was initiated into the Chi Omega Sorority and continued to be an enthusiastic, active member after transferring to TCU. A remarkably empathetic and intuitive young lady, she focused her studies on a psychology major and was accepted to study at the University of Westminster in London to further her passion in psychology. . Before embarking upon her senior year, she had begun work as an intern in the Human Resources Department of HCC Insurance Holdings. It was evident to all of her coworkers that she went in each morning with an energetic spirit and an eagerness to work. Her desire to serve those less fortunate was a constant—she spent much of her time at the Houston Food Bank and volunteered at the KinderFrogs School. Her vibrant spirit and rambunctious personality, coupled with her immense and giving heart make her passing an acutely felt loss by all those she knew. In addition to her adoring parents and siblings, Lexi leaves numerous others with broken and wistful hearts.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather Joe D. Bowling. She is survived by her parents Randy and Lisa Rinicella, siblings, Alex, Alana, Gina, and Toni, her, paternal grandparents John and Geraldine Rinicella and maternal grandmother Verna Kay Bowling, as well as a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and countless friends from both Ohio and Texas.

Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., including a vigil at 7:00 p.m., Monday, June 24th at Earthman Hunters Creek Funeral Home, 8303 Katy Freeway in Houston. Funeral Mass will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 25st at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, located at 11720 Joan of Arc Drive in Houston.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Lexi’s memory to Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart at 10202 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77024 or St. Cecilia Catholic Church 11720 Joan of Arc Drive, Houston, TX 77024.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, June 24, 2013
  • Vigil Service Monday, June 24, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, June 25, 2013
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Carol Robilotta

July 9, 2013

Dear Lisa, Randy, Alana, Gina, Toni & Alex- I am so sorry to hear that Lexi passed away in June. We will never forget her bright smile and the way the girls played and loved each other. Rachel and I are sobbing and want you to know how we love your family. We never forget Lexi's long legs runny around the neighborhood and the pool. She will always be our sunshine girl. Our thoughts, prayers and condolences are with you. Carol, Keith and girls.

Kendra Brant

July 1, 2013

I know I have not been in contact with the Rinicella/Winterich family in a very long time, but I am absolutely heartbroken at the news of your loss. I have so many fond memories of Lexi which I will never forget. I know there is nothing I or anyone else can say to make this any easier but all of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Bradley Newman

June 27, 2013

Randy

I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of your daughter. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You have my sincerest condolences.

Bradley Newman

Joy Cassie-Leach

June 26, 2013

Please accept my deepest sympathy. I am so sorry for the loss of your Precious Angel Lexi. My heart aches for all of you, family and friends. God Bless.
TCU Parent Joy Cassie-Leach Fort Worth, TX

Adriana Cavender

June 26, 2013

Dear Rinicella Family,
Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family. No words can express our sorrow for the loss of your beautiful daughter. May God bring comfort and healing to you in this most trying time.
John, Adriana, Thomas and Nicole Cavender

Edie Gardner (HCC)

June 26, 2013

May your fond memories provide a source of comfort during this unimaginably difficult time. My thoughts are with you.

Christina Bramanti

June 26, 2013

To the Rinicella family,
I am so sorry for your loss and the passing of such a beautiful person. It's hard to believe that just two weeks ago Lexi and I were talking about getting our first paycheck. While Lexi and I weren't very close, I feel blessed that God brought her back into my life, however briefly, and I got to see her welcoming smile and excitement for life once more before He called her home.
Your whole family, especially Lexi, is in my prayers, and I'm sure you're all in hers as well.

Toni Sabo

June 25, 2013

Our deepest sympathy on the loss of dear daughter.

Christi Wood

June 25, 2013

Our prayers are with your family.

Bob and Betty Leonard

June 25, 2013

Dear John, Gerry and Rinicella family,There are no words that we could possibly say at this time that would express how sorry we are of the loss of your wonderful granddaughter Lexi. We pray for all of you daily and know that she is in God's hands. We pray that the many memories that you have will sustain you in the days to come. God bless.