Mary Jo Modzelewski 83, teacher, volunteer

By on September 14, 2011

Mary Jo Modzelewski

Mary Jo Modzelewski, 83, of Lititz, passed away Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011 at Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center in Lititz.

Born in Bound Brook, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Michael and Lena (DePaolo) Romano. She was the wife of the late Edward Modzelewski, who passed away in 1987.

Mary graduated from Douglas College. She was a teacher who taught in New Jersey public schools in Manville, Plainfield and Morris Plains before her retirement. She was a member of the Morris County Retired Education Association. She taught in the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine at St. Virgil Church in Morris Plains and at St. Margaret of Scotland Church of Morristown. She was a volunteer at St. Clare’s Medical Center in Denville, N.J., and also a member of the Friends for Life seniors group. She was a member of St. Bernard Church in Bridgewater and its women’s Cornerstone group. And she was a member of the S.A.I.L. senior group at the Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, N.J.

She is survived by three children: Jean, wife of Roy Landen, of Bridgewater, N.J.; Alice, wife of Richard Moraga, of Lititz; and Edward, husband of Lisa Modzelewski, of Charlotte, N.C.; and six grandchildren: Alyssa Landen, Caroline Landen, Paul Modzelewski, Grant Moraga, Luke Modzelewski and Micah Moraga.

A mass of Christian burial was held on Sept. 10 at St. Bernard of Clairvoux Church, with Rev. Damian Breen as celebrant. Interment followed at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Manville, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Moravian Manor Nursing Home.

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