Kathie M. Rinka

July 15, 1993 - January 2, 2014
Kathie M. Rinka

Kathie Melgarejo Rinka, age 20 of Wilmington and formerly of Chicago, IL passed away Thursday, January 2, 2014.

She is survived by her husband, Matthew James Rinka; her mother, Socorro Munoz; father, Filemon Melgarejo; one sister, and five brothers.

A memorial service will be 3 PM Sunday, January 5, 2014 at Cape Fear Baptist Church, 7300 Carolina Beach Rd., Wilmington, NC 28412 910.350.8224. She will be buried at Memory Lane Cemetery in Crown Point, Indiana.

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  • January 06, 2014
    Richard & Carol Wise says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with Matt and the entire family for this very difficult time. May the Lord comfort you and keep you in His peace. Our family is thankful to have met Kathie and Matt last Sunday as they shared Sunday dinner with us and visited our church. Though it was a brief time with Kathie we are blessed to have shared that day with her to get to know her. She is an awesome young lady with such a brilliant, caring smile and heart. We will see her again in heaven for she is our sister in Christ. Matt, we love you and you are welcome in our home any time you need to come just let us know and if there is ANYTHING we can do please let us know...

  • January 10, 2014
    Neal and Jerri Hampton says:
    Matt, We love you and are praying for God's healing grace

  • January 30, 2014
    Larena says:
    I am so sorry to read of Kathie's death at such a young age. The Bible gives us hope for Kathie and many of our young ones who have fallen asleep in death. Just as Jesus resurrected the son of the women of Nain, he can do the same for our dead loved ones (Luke7:11-17). The Bible says that "God is, not a God of the dead, but of the living, for they are all living to him.(luke20:38). Grief can be so hard, but the special memories that you have of Kathie, along with the comfort of Gods word can help you cope with your bereavement(Psalm55:22). May you and the Family find comfort in God's plan for a wonderful future(Isaiah55:11)

  • January 04, 2014
    Justin & Haley Koch says:
    Matt amd Kathie moved down to wilmington in late september to live with us. We were all friends in college and since they moved in became family. We loved them and would do anything to try and keep them happy. Kathie and Matt could not wait for little Violet to be born and have a happy family. She was taken too soon and so unexpectedly. We Know that God has a purpose for this and Matt remember she will always be with you and you will always be little Violets father. Haley and I love you and we are here to take every step with you.

  • January 04, 2014
    Dwanda and Stanley Outlaw says:
    Matt our hearts are breaking. Kathie, Violet and you mean so much to us. We just don't have the words to express our feelings. We will always be here for you. You will always be family.Our prayers are with you.