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Obituary for Gerald James Modaro

Gerald James “Jerry” Modaro, 74, of Martinsville, VA passed away on Monday, August 7, 2017 at his home. He was born on September 28, 1942 in Chicago, IL, to the late Sam Modaro and Marie Thorman Modaro. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son, Gerald Sam Modaro.

Mr. Modaro was a member of Saint Joseph Catholic Church and served in the United States Air Force. He went on to work for Nevada Power, Saudi Aramco, and Tultex. Upon retirement, Jerry enjoyed peaceful living in the Snow Creek area. He was an accomplished and hard-working man who was loved and will be missed by many.

He is survived by his life partner of 29 years, Barbara Blankenship of the residence; daughters, Jami Marie Nicholas and husband Michael James Nicholas of Henderson, NV, and Jennifer Reynolds of Martinsville, VA; sister, Judy Grossman of Kemp, TX; brother, Donald Modaro of Tucson, AZ; mother-in-law Nancy Wingfield of Martinsville, VA; and brother-in-law, Tim Wingfield and wife Leeann of Raleigh, NC. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Logan James Nicholas of Reno, NV and Kyra Marie Nicholas of Henderson, NV; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and his beloved dog and sidekick, Maggie Mae.

A funeral service will be held at 12 noon on Friday, August 11, 2017 at Saint Francis of Assisi, 15 Glenwood Drive, Rocky Mount, VA with Father Mark White officiating with a visitation one hour prior to the service from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. A visitation will also be held on Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at Norris Funeral Services, Martinsville Chapel. Burial will follow the service at Roselawn Burial Park.

Norris Funeral Services Inc. and Crematory Martinsville, VA is serving the Modaro family. Online condolences may be made at

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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Norris Funeral Services & Crematory - Martinsville Chapel

1500 Kings Mountain Road
P.O. Box 5501
Martinsville, Virginia 24115





11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
St. Francis of Assisi

15 Glenwood Drive
Rocky Mount, VA 24151





12:00 PM
St. Francis of Assisi

15 Glenwood Drive
Rocky Mount, VA 24151

Cemetery Details


Roselawn Burial Park

103 Clearview Dr.
Martinsville, VA 24112


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