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Gary Moddes

Gary M. Moddes

Saturday, June 19th, 1948 - Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021
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Obituary

Gary M. Moddes, 72 years old of Kenosha, WI passed away Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at his home from acute leukemia. His loving wife, Kathi, and his son, Brandon, were by his side.

He was born June 19, 1948, in Kenosha, WI the son of the late Edmond and Verna (Adamowicz) Moddes and lived in various towns in Wisconsin throughout his life. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1966, and there he met his high school sweetheart, Kathleen Montemurro. They were reunited later in life and married in August of 2018 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Kenosha.

Gary enjoyed staying fit; especially bicycle riding; he orchestrated several bike rides to benefit cancer research and patients. He also loved fishing and birding; for a short time, he owned and operated the Wild Bird Center in Madison, WI. He loved spending time with Kathi by Lake Michigan to simply sit and admire the beauty and calmness that the water brought to them.

Survivors include his wife, Kathi; son, Brandon (Barbara) Moddes of McFarland, WI; stepchildren, Karsten Abata and Jen (Todd) Fabos; grandchildren, Owen Moddes, Josiah Geiger, Eliana Abata, Camden Abata, Hazel Fabos, and Hutson Fabos; an aunt, Marguerite Adams; his mother-in-law, Dorothy Montemurro; brothers and sisters-in-law, Michael (Jean) Montemurro, Gerald (Nancy) Montemurro, Diane (Joe) Leonardi, Ronald (Mariruth) Montemurro, Mary Jo (Rocco) La Macchia, and Matthias (Pat) Montemurro; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Gary was preceded in death by siblings, Linda (Larry) Marinelli and Robert Moddes; his daughter, BreAnn Moddes; and his father-in-law, Michael Montemurro; an uncle Edward Adams; and cousin Mike Adams.

Memorial visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 19, 2021, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 7307 40th Avenue, Kenosha, WI with Mass of Christian Burial commencing at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, mass memorials appreciated.

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5111-60th Street
Kenosha, WI 53144
Phone: (262) 654-3533
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 19th, 2021 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    When
    Saturday, June 19th, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am
    Location
    St. Mary Catholic Church
    Address
    7307-40th Avenue
    KENOSHA, WI 53142
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Memorial Mass

    Saturday, June 19th, 2021 | 10:00am
    When
    Saturday, June 19th, 2021 10:00am
    Location
    St. Mary Catholic Church
    Address
    7307-40th Avenue
    KENOSHA, WI 53142
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Fr. Roman Stikel

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Mike Serpe

Posted at 10:37am
Dearest Kathi,
Words do not suffice to express the profound sorrow that I feel for you on Gary’s passing. The hardest part of losing him is the knowledge that, because so his illness, so many chapters in the book of your lives will go unwritten. I pray that the years that you had together, and the love of your families and friends will console you in all of the days to come.
Gary was a very kind and gentle man. I will always have the picture of you two at our fiftieth reunion in my mind. The happiness that radiated from you both was obvious and palpable.
Love,
Mike
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