Alex was born and raised in Tempe, Arizona. He graduated from Brophy College Preparatory, where he played varsity football and nurtured a passion for mathematics, the sciences, and service to others. He went on to study Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, from which he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2017. He was a graduate student at the University of Colorado, Boulder at the time of his death. Alex was known among his family and friends as a gentle, unassuming man of utmost humility, strength, and intelligence. His loyalty and compassion gave rise to a quiet devotion to his family and friends, who also knew him for his clever, unexpected sense of humor. He was a lover of the outdoors and would often seek out challenging mountain hikes for their enormous beauty. Alex is survived by his parents; Kimberly and Christopher, his sisters; Sheridan and Spenser and his grandparents; Barbara Rosner, John Harris, Dicksie Patterson and Karen Patterson. He is preceded in death by his grandfather; John C. Rosner. A Visitation is scheduled on Thursday, October 12, from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. with a Rosary at 7:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, October 13 at 2:00 P.M. at Brophy Chapel, 4701 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions in Alex’s name to either the Brophy Community Foundation, 4701 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012 or to the Concussion Legacy Foundation, 361 Newbury Street, 5th Fl., Boston, MA 02115.
I had the privilege of being teammates with Alex “Roz” Rosner during our sophomore year. Alex was an incredibly generous individual and never had an unkind word about anyone. He was exceptionally talented both as a cheerleader and as an academic, and I am fortunate to have been able to call him my friend. My heart truly goes out to you for this indescribable loss. He is loved and will be sorely missed.
The Berlage Bonellis
Dearest Chris, Kim, Sheridan, Spenser and Family,
Our hearts break for you and for all who knew and loved Alex. Such a gifted young man who already significantly touched and offered the world so very much.
Our sincerest sympathies with much love and prayers,
Rich, Beth, Chayla, Dominic & Xavier Bonelli
Chris and Kim
Words will not be adequate to express my sincere sympathy to you and your loved ones at this surreal time. Please know that you all are in my daily thoughts, my prayers, and my own level of mourning this tremendous loss. May you be surrounded by the comfort of God, the reality of heaven’s peace, and support from family and friends.
I will definitely be sending donations to Brophy in the name and memory of your son.
Kim and family… our hearts are breaking for you and your loss of a precious son. He will be remembered at every Mass I attend at consecration. There are just no right words.
Love and prayers,
Your cousin Shannon and family
My condolences to all of you over the loss of Alex. What an awesome young man he was. Prayers for all of you at this difficult time. XO. Mrs. Jones (BBS sixth grade)
Kim, Chris and family- we are so saddened to hear about Alex! He was such a wonderful person and friend to Tyler at BBS! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time! Hugs to you all!!
Elizabeth and Tyler Reid
I’m shocked and saddened to hear of Alex’ death. He was outstanding–one of the best students in the Semiconductors class I taught at Notre Dame, soft spoken, and kind. We shared a Tempe connection and love of mountains.
A friend whom I though of like a brother died as I was graduating from undergrad, and nobody saw it coming. I wish I could say it gets better with time, but it’s more like you eventually get used to the hole where your brother/friend/son used to be. My family and I will be praying for you, and I wish there were some way to ease your sorrow right now.
Rest in His arms, Alex. Your star burned short, but it burned brightly.
I was privileged to have had the opportunity to be one of Roz’ coaches his senior year in football….yet he actually coached me. I learned alot from Alex and I’m saddened by this gentle soul’s passing. A truly selfless young man and the consummate team player. Planet Earth lost a really great one. I’m so sorry, and condolences to Alex’ family and friends. He will truly be missed.
University of Notre Dame, Electrical Engineering Class of 2017
We didn’t graduate by writing theses or lengthy papers, so we apologize for the brevity of this condolence. We instead graduated on the backs of our friends, by pouring hours into labs, and crying into our homework. Alex–or, Roz, as we always called him–was always among the first we texted if we didn’t understand something.
We attended the University of Notre Dame, an institution that instilled in us the importance of a strong faith community. As men and women of science, we challenged ourselves every day to see God in an environment that is often full of questions. For some of us, these questions could lead to unsatisfying and sometimes contradictory answers. But when we think about the way that Roz lived his life, how devoted he was to his friends, the members of his dorm, his quiet sarcasm, and the warmth of his heart…there is no question that we know where Roz is now.
We take comfort in knowing Roz is walking with Him now
Chris, Kim, Sheridan & Spenser and family,
I am so saddened by the loss of Alex. He was a kind heart and so sweet. High on integrity and character.
The world is a better place when souls like Alex are present. He will truly be missed. Sending lots of love
and prayers your way. Rest in peace Romeo.
May the Lord embrace you in his loving arms as your hearts break and may he grant you peace in this time of sorrow.
We were so saddened in hearing of dear Alex passing.
Barbara and Rodger Duke
Vicki Lynn Hayslett Scates
Chris, Kim, Barb and family.
I was so saddened to hear of Alex passing. No words can adequately express my deep heartache for your family.
I am in Indiana until Saturday or I would be at the funeral.
My prayers are with you all.
Dear Rosner Family,
My prayers and positive thoughts are with you during this sad time. Alex was a wonderful student and a joy to visit with during class.
May you find solace in your memories.
Aunt LaDelle & Family:Dana, Kristen, Blake
Kim & Family,
Although we cannot begin to feel the depth of you grief over losing your precious Alex, be comforted in the thought that your family and friends hold you in their loving embrace.
Mike and Carol Czerniski
Our sincere heartfelt condolences to the Patterson family.
Kim and Chris,
Many years have passed since we sat at your wedding. You have worked hard raising your family and now are suffering the devastating loss of your son, Alex.
We are so sorry for your loss and the horrible hurt your other children are feeling. Our hearts are broken for you. May God hold you tightly in his arms helping to comfort you.
God bless you.
Mike and Carol Czerniski, Greg and Jenny.
I am so sorry about this loss to your family. I will always remember Alex as a smiling, caring, polite, curious, bright, courteous, happy student who was a friend to all in his class. May memories of him always bring you some comfort!
Alex’s 3rd grade teacher at B.B.S.
Carole and Larry Gingrich
Dear Kim, Chris, Sheridan and Spenser,
There are no words to express how saddened we are for your loss of your precious son and brother.
Surely the angels are weeping as we all are.
Love and prayers,
Larry and Carole Gingrich
I was deeply shocked when hearing the tragic news about Alex.
Last Spring Alex was in my graduate-level “Electromagnetic Theory” class at the University of Notre Dame. He was the only undergraduate student among graduate students, and yet he was one of the very best students in this class. I have come to know Alex as a most talented and impressive young man.
In deep sympathy,
Professor of Electrical Engineering
University of Notre Dame
Dean and Elizabeth Gambino
Dear Chris, Kim, Sheridan and Spencer,
Grief is such an arduous journey; we pray your faith, your family and your friends provide you the comfort and support you need at this time. Our deepest sympathy is with you, and our prayers for your loss, your healing, and that as time goes by your most cherished and favorite memories help bring you inner peace and keep Alex close to you.
We care about you all, we are thinking of you and praying for you and are here for you in any way we can be.
Dean, Liz and family
The Knox family, Cade, Chase, Michelle and Chris
We believe that Alex will continue to walk with you, watching over you, waiting to once again reunite. His gift to the world in the short time he was here will always be remembered. We are praying for you and lifting you up as you walk through this. If there is anything we can ever do, please ask.
Whether in the hallways of Stanford, in our electrical engineering classes, or in North Dining Hall, Alex always gave his best in dorm life, in projects and homework help, and in sharing a meal at breakfast, and he always did so with a smile. Alex was a wonderful blessing in my life and an incredible young man, one whom I will never forget. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you all, and I pray that Christ’s light would shine brightly as we remember the life and beauty that Alex has shared with us.
In His love,
ND EE 2017
Offering sincere condolences, no doubt this is a difficult time for the family. May you put trust in the many promises our Heavenly Father says will soon come about and allow that wonderful hope to comfort you in the days ahead. (John 11:25; Ps. 37:29)
I am very sorry to hear about Alex. I taught a Signals and Systems class in 2015 in which he was THE top student, out of 40+. He was a fine person, and a pleasure to talk to. My condolences.
Univ of Notre Dame