Lillian M. Modlish, passed away July 25, 2006, one week shy of her 100th birthday. Survived by her children, John (Diane) Modlish of Pueblo, Nancy (John) Gonacha of Boulder and Jim (Linda) Modlish of Olympia, Wash.; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, John Modlish, Sr. on July 26, 1992. Lillian was born to Charles and Elizabeth Burch on Aug. 1, 1906, in Evanston, Ill. She was a member of Parkhill Baptist Church. There will be no viewing. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, July 28, 2006, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with Pastor James Modlish officiating. A private interment will follow. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice in care of Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colorado 81003. Online condolences,

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  1. I remember the time when I broke broke the modlishs kitchen window with a rock. I was too young to appreciate the meaning of an apology.

    I have always had fond memories of the modlish family. Its always somber when we learn of the passing of those persons that we remember fondly.

    Harold Fox, formerly of 1334 E 5th

    I see that the guest book contains the names of Terry Obrien and Jim Modlish. I Wish you all well.

  2. Lillian was my Cub Scout Den Mother in the middle 1950’s. I remember her as a kind, caring person who truly cared about her charges. I also remember her enthusiasim for the scool carnivals at what was the old Bethel Methodist Church. I was friends with her son “Jimmy” from kindergarden on until my Sophmore year at East High. She was so very gracious to me when I went to visit her in the early 1960’s, after I was married and had graduated from East High in Cheyenne WY. I was not surprised to learn from her that Jimmy had gone on to become a minister. She was devoted to family and she did a great job of raising her children. I read about Lillian’s passing from “The Chieftain”, which I scan daily on the web. I wish the best to her family. P.S. Jimmy, I still remember the day that”Bozo”, the boxer, leaped over the six foot high fence and your Mom and John took off after him. Sincerely, Jack E. Creek, former Puebloan.

  3. Jim & family: So sorry to hear about your mother. But what a grand lady she was and how blessed you have been to have her for almost 100 years. We remarked not too long ago, wondering if she was still living and had no idea she was approaching 100. The great hope of heaven is the peace that we can share in losing a loved one. Her homecoming in heaven surely was a grand event!! Jim, would love to visit with you. It’s been a long time. Hope to catch up with you sometime. May God confort all your family during this time. Love, Gary & Elaine

  4. Guys, I know your mom lived a great and long life. What a joy it is to know time has just begun for her.

  5. Linda, I just saw this and wanted to send my condolences to you and your husband. I usually look at the Chieftain obituaries as there are so many people my Mom and I know, however, have gotten a bit behind as my husband has been very ill. I hope you and your family are doing well.


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