Hiram College

jody-dominican-2The Hiram College community continues to mourn the loss of Jody Modarelli, associate professor of biochemistry, who died Oct. 26, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer. The campus community will celebrate her life from 5-7:30 p.m. on Dec. 14 in the Kennedy Center Ballroom.

The celebration of life will include a time of sharing and remembrance starting at 5 p.m., followed by food, music and dancing until 7:30. Mo Mojo, a Zydeco band and a favorite of Jody’s, will provide music.

In lieu of contributions for the band and food, donations will be accepted for the “Hiram College Scholarship Fund in Memory of Jody Modarelli.”

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.

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.”