Gerald Michael Modjeski, age 82, passed away peacefully at Lake Winona Manor on Thursday, February 2, 2017.
Gerald was born January 10, 1935 in Winona, one of thirteen children of Valentine L. and Mary M. (Gliszcinski) Modjeski. Gerald lived in Winona all his life, received First Communion and Confirmation at St. Mary's Parish, graduated from Winona Senior High School in 1953, and studied accounting at Winona Area Vocational School. Gerald married Barbara P. Roth at St. Mary's Parish and together they enjoyed 57 years of marriage. Gerald was employed at several firms during his career with his last 25 years until retiring from Hossfeld Mfg. Co. Gerald enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a former member of the Winona Bowhunters. Gerald actively did genealogy research in his Modrzejewski/Modjeski family tree and his grandparents, August and Victoria (Gostomczyk) Modrzejewski family from Poland.
Gerald was a good husband and father and is survived by his wife, Barbara and five children, James W. Smith, Winona, David M. (Leigh) Smith, Mounds View, MN, Gerald A Modjeski, La Crosse, WI, Mary (Dr. John) Merchlewitz, Winona, and Wayne R. Modjeski, Winona; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Richard Modjeski, Winona; sisters, Delores Wraalstad, Greendale, WI and Genevieve Thompson, Mercer, WI. Gerald is Preceded in death by his parents; and nine siblings, Edward Modjeski, Rose Werra, Henry Modjeska, Valentine Modjeski Jr., George Modjeski, Ruth Thilmany, Patricia Hester, William Modjeski and Elizabeth Greenwood.
A Memorial service will be held 1 PM, Friday February 10, 2017 with visitation 1 hour prior at Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview. Father James Berning and Ann Orzechowski will officiate. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, please make a donation to St. Mary's Parish, Winona, St. Mary's Cemetery Association, Winona or the American Cancer Society in his memory. Please leave a memory tribute and sign Jerry's Online Guestbook at www.hofffuneral.com.
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