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In Remembrance
(Mary) Joan Modzelewski

(Mary) Joan Modzelewski(Mary) Joan Modzelewski, 85, passed away September 22, 2007, at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on August 25, 1922, to the late James S. and Katherine Sweeney Boyle. She had lived in Galveston for the past thirteen years. Joan attended Mount St. Mary College in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and subsequently moved to New York City where she worked for Shell Oil and met Walter, her husband of 60 years. After raising her two sons, she began a second career in the City of White Plains, New York, library system from which she retired.

Joan loved to travel and journeyed to every continent but Antarctica, visiting 39 countries. She had also lived in England and Holland. She was a voracious reader, enjoyed solving crossword puzzles, loved to play bingo, and enjoyed visiting casinos where she won her share of jackpots.

In addition to her devoted husband Walter, Joan is survived by her son John and his wife Barbara of New City, New York; son Jeffrey and his wife Kathy of Galveston; her dearly beloved grandchildren Gregory Modzelewski of Pittsburgh and Katherine Modzelewski of New City; and step-granddaughter Karen Raymond of Austin, Texas. She is also survived by her sister Betty Boyle of Pittsburgh, sisters-in-law Joan Boyle of Pittsburgh and Lillian Modzelewski of Lake Worth, Florida, brother-in-law Paul Herrle of Oakmont, Pennsylvania, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her brother, John Boyle, and sisters Nancy Boyle and Ruth Herrle. She will be greatly missed by all.

A devout Catholic, Joan was a parishioner of St. Mary Cathedral Basilica and had a long prayer list of people in need. In accordance with her wishes, her body was donated to medical science. A memorial mass and service will be arranged at a later date. Her family extend their thanks to the physicians and staff of 10A at UTMB for their wonderful, compassionate care. Donations in Joan’s memory may be made to the St. Mary Cathedral Basilica Restoration Fund, 2011 Church St., Galveston, TX, 77550, or to your favorite charity.

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