Diane Modlish

diane modlish

December 5, 1930 ~ April 29, 2021

Born in: Trinidad, CO
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Diane Modlish, 90, was born to John and Corinne Axcell, a railroad superintendent and a homemaker, in Trinidad, Colo. on December 5th 1930. She was immersed in the Christian community that would be her lifelong support from an early age. She graduated from Colorado Woman’s College in 1951.

Diane was blessed with a loving family. She married John Modlish in June of 1951, in Denver Colo. She raised three beautiful children with resilience, independence, and humility. She and John often took their children on long family trips across the USA to teach them to appreciate the beauty of the Native American culture.

Diane was an educator at heart. She was an inspirational rock collector and enjoyed intricate puzzle solving. She was kind and always had time to answer a question or solve a problem, no matter how small. She was strong willed and independent throughout her life. She will be dearly missed by her loved ones and community.

Diane is preceded in death by her husband, John Modlish; and her two sisters, Audrey and Beverly.

She is survived by her Mesa Bible Church family that she dearly loved; her children, Julee (Jeff) Ashburn, Janet (Robert) Hospodar and Michael (Kristine) Modlish; her grandchildren, Heather Wyatt, Alex Ashburn, Kersten Hospodar, Karoline Hospodar, Rachel Modlish, Michaela Modlish and Danielle Modlish.

Funeral service, 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at Mesa Bible Church, 702 S. Main St. Interment, Mountain View Cemetery. Online condolences, www.MontgomerySteward.com


Funeral Service: May 4, 2021 10:00 am

Mesa Bible Church
702 S. Main St.
Pueblo, CO 81004

719 55-5555

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  1. I was sorry to hear of Diane’s death. She was my aunt by marriage, John was my mother’s (Nancy) brother. I was always very fond of Diane, she was a lovely, gracious and kind person. I have fond memories of spending time with Diane when I was younger, I would come to Pueblo to spend the summers with my grandparents and before Diane and John had their own children, I would go over to their home and spend some time with them. I always associate Diane with my love of reading, she had a wonderful collection of books and introduced me to the Nancy Drew collection of books she had. I loved reading those books, spending time on my grandparents front porch swing, in the heat of the summer, reading. I would continue to see her and John when I would come to Pueblo for visits, with my own husband and family. I now live in Victoria, Canada, but always tried to get to Colorado at least yearly for a visit to family.
    Diane will be missed by her family. Rest in Peace.

  2. Janet and family:
    She was like my other “Mom”!
    She will be missed and I will remember her kindness when I growing up! Iam so glad I was able to see her a couple of weeks ago!
    Thoughts and prayers are with you all!
    Darlene M

  3. Gary and I have known Diane for many years, first as church members, and then as friends. Her husband John, used to plant a garden on our property when it belonged to our Mom, Pauline. As she said, “He does the work, and I get some of the benefits.” After Mom passed away, John continued to “farm” our garden and we too, benefitted from the produce. After John died and Diane began attending another church, we didn’t see as much of each other as before, but would often run into each other at the hair salon, or would occasionally visit with her at her home. She was always so loving and gracious, and always so glad to see us, to reminisce over old times. I know she will be deeply missed by all those who knew her, but we are celebrating her entry into the loving arms of Jesus, and we will see her again some day soon. Our deepest sympathies to her family as they go through the difficult days ahead without her. Our love and prayers are with you all.

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