Rieniets, James Henry "Jim"
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Jun. 1, 1937 - Jun. 16, 2012
James (Jim) Henry Rieniets of Bradenton, FL, age 75, died on June 16 after battling heart-related illness. Born in Missoula, Montana, Jim was raised by his parents, John Henry & Martha Kruse Rieniets, in Cedar Rapids, IA where he attended Franklin High School. He went on to earn bachelors' degrees in science and architecture at the University of Houston, where he was also a member of the collegiate swim team. He built a successful architecture practice in the Houston-area, and his professional accomplishments included being the project architect for The Summit sports arena in Houston, and being a recipient of the Alpha-Rho-Chi Honorary Architectural Medal. Later in life he practiced architecture in Arkansas, Georgia, and Florida, when his professional passion was contemporary residential design. Just last year, the Cedar Rapids Gazette published an article revisiting Jim's 1961 college thesis project regarding a vision for the city's urban redevelopment by year 2000.
He is survived by his wife, Maggie Rieniets of Bradenton, FL; daughter Chelon Faustine Rieniets of North Venice, FL; son James Henry Rieniets, Jr (wife Susie) of Nashville, TN; step-son Chris Chappell; sister Catherine Meta Beard of Pascagoula, MS; brother William John Rieniets of Cedar Rapids, IA, mother-in-law Margaret Lehnert of Bradenton, FL; sister-in-law Barbara Darby (husband Dave); and his grandchildren, Sophie & Emma Hollingsworth of North Venice, FL, and Henry, Grace, and Ella Clare Rieniets of Nashville, TN.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law Robin Beard; and step-son Matthew Chappell.
A memorial service is to be held Wednesday, June 20th, at 11:30 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 508 Riviera St., Venice, FL. For those wishing to make a memorial donation, suggestions are: The Pines of Sarasota, The Salvation Army, or Tidewell Hospice of Sarasota.
Published in Herald Tribune from June 19 to June 20, 2012