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Professor Jody Modarelli Remembered as Inspirational, Caring

Jody Modarelli was instrumental in starting Hiram College's partnership with Caminante. She helped lead the inaugural study abroad/service learning trip in summer 2011.

Jody Modarelli was instrumental in starting Hiram College’s partnership with the Dominican Republic nonprofit Caminante. She helped lead the inaugural study abroad/service learning trip in summer 2011.

The Hiram College community is mourning the loss of Jody Modarelli, associate professor of biochemistry, who died Saturday, Oct. 26, after a courageous battle with cancer.

jody-modarelliCalling hours will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Oct. 30, at DiCicco & Sons Funeral Home, 5957 Mayfield Road, Mayfield Heights, Ohio. The funeral will take place at 10 a.m. on Oct. 31 at the same location. Jody will be buried at All Souls Cemetery in Chardon. All are welcome to these services.

Jody’s family would deeply appreciate donations to the “Hiram College Scholarship Fund in Memory of Jody Modarelli” in lieu of flowers.

Jody was a much beloved professor by students in all disciplines. She was instrumental in starting Hiram College’s partnership with Caminante, an organization that works to educate and train impoverished Haitian and Dominican children in the Dominican Republic. Faculty, including Modarelli, have led two study abroad/service learning trips to the Dominican to work with this organization. A third trip is scheduled for summer 2014.

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Jody, on the Dominican Republic trip, 2011.

From her obituary: “Jody was a free-spirit whose light spread love and laughter, who loved and was loved by everyone whose life she touched, and whose magic will continue to sparkle and shine.”

“She will be remembered most as an amazing wife and friend to her husband David, mother to daughters Rachel Klavan (Justin) and Brooke Rockman (Anthony) and sons Jason Talley (Jennifer) and Jacob Talley, sisters Lisa Orlandi (Michael) and Debbie Simone, brother Darrell Simone (Elizabeth), father Nicholas F. Simone (Floretta J., deceased) and five grandchildren. Jody was an amazingly kind, thoughtful, selfless and compassionate soul. She will also be remembered by her Hiram College students as well as her colleagues as an inspirational and unique Professor of Biochemistry.”

Please stay tuned for information about an on-campus memorial event, and continue to keep Jody, her family, friends and extended Hiram family in your thoughts and prayers.

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