Alexis J. Giallella
Alexis J. Giallella
BROOKLINE — Alexis June “Lexy” Giallella, 15, of Putney Mountain Road died early Tuesday afternoon, November 12, 2013, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., surrounded by her loving family following a courageous battle with cancer.
Lexy was born in Brattleboro on December 20, 1997, the daughter of Robert and Cherish (Russ) Giallella. She was raised in Brookline, where she attended the Brookline Elementary School, a member of the last class to graduate from the school prior to its closing. She was a member of the sophomore class at Leland & Gray High School in Townshend.
A gifted athlete, she played both middle school soccer and softball.
She loved the outdoors and enjoyed snowmobiling, four-wheeling and fishing and hunting with her family. Lexy recently received her Vermont driver’s permit and enjoyed driving her Chevy pick-up.
Her many other leisure time activities included vacations at Old Orchard Beach, Maine, shopping and time shared with her family, especially her cousins and many friends. She also loved a good party and get-togethers.
Throughout her illness with cancer, she was an inspiration to many with her non-stop display of courage and her spirit of optimism. She always found the shiny side of a rusty nail.
Lexy was devoted in her walk of faith, and in July, was baptized at the Mountain View Seventh Day Adventist Church in Vernon, where she attended services.
Survivors include her mother and step-father, Cherish and Randy Clark of Brookline; her father, Robert Giallella of Guilford; a brother, Caleb Giallella of Vernon; two step-sisters, Amelia Clark of Hinsdale, N.H., and Hillary Clark of Brattleboro; maternal grandparents, Richard and Bonnie Thomas of Townshend; paternal grandmother, Betty Porter of Brattleboro; paternal grandfathers, Michael Giallella of Guilford, and Ray Porter of Hinsdale, N.H.
Additionally she leaves many aunts, uncles and cousins, her schoolmates and a large host of friends.
Lexy was predeceased by her maternal grandfather, Larry Franklin.
A memorial service in celebration of her life will be conducted Saturday, November 23, at 1 p.m. at Saint Michael’s Catholic Church on Walnut Street, with pastor Arthur Miller officiating. A reception will follow the services, and is to be held at the Elk’s Home on Putney Road.
Visiting hours will take place at St. Michael’s Church on Friday, Nov. 22, from 6 to 9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Lexy’s name may be made to a special scholarship trust at Leland & Gray High School. Donations can be sent to the Lexy Scholarship Fund, in care of Putney Credit Union, P.O. Box 8366, No. Brattleboro, VT 05304.
To sign an online register book with messages to Lexy’s family, please visit www.atamaniuk.com.
Arrangements are under the care of the Atamaniuk Funeral Home.