LAS VEGAS – Charles Lee Modarelli, who passed away at his home on Sept. 10, 2011, with his family at his side, was born in Youngstown, Ohio on April 8, 1938, to his late parents, Frank J. and Florence C. (Burt) Modarelli.
Charles was raised in the Scienceville area of Youngstown. While growing up, he attended North High School and after high school, he started working for the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company, the Brier Hills Works, until he was drafted into the U.S. Army on Aug. 16, 1961, where he ranked Specialist E-4 on Dec. 10, 1962.
He was placed on duty in the Intelligence Department at the White Sands Missile Range Headquarters in White Sands, New Mexico until his honorable discharge on Aug. 15, 1963, upon which he went back to work at the Sheet and Tube Company.
Charles then got married on May 16, 1970, to the former Dorothy M. Calderone at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Niles, Ohio where they made there home for 23 years.
Upon Charles’ retirement from the Aliquippa Coke and Tin Mill and working 27 years in the steel industry, he moved to Las Vegas in October of 1993, where he bought a brand new ranch home which he loved and enjoyed.
Charles loved working around his house and also enjoyed watching horse racing, baseball and basketball, and going to the casinos while living in Las Vegas during his retirement.
Charles was a person who loved life and was very humorous in his storytelling with his family and friends. He lived in Las Vegas until his death.
Beside his wife of 41 years, he is survived by his two sisters, Mary Jane Modarelli and Sally M. (Robert) Porfilio, both of Austintown, Ohio; one sister-in-law, Adelyn Bellej of Niles, Ohio; and also one brother-in-law, Walter (Ann) Calderone of Cave City, Ky.
He is also survived by three nephews, Dean Modarelli of Austintown, A. Jack Modarelli of Youngstown and Anthony J. (Claire) Calderone of Bristolville; four nieces, Janice (Ron) Orwig of Girard, Ohio, Joyce Bellej of Palm Desert, Calif., Michelle (Matt) Brooks of Indianapolis and Susan Bellej of Niles, OH; two great-nieces, Amber A. (Daniel) Modarelli-Eichorn of Michigan and Heather Orwig of Girard; one great-nephew, Ron Orwig Jr. of Girard; and also one great-great-niece, Corrin Calderone of Bristolville.
In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by one brother, Jack F. Modarelli; one sister-in-law, Ethel J. Modarelli; and one niece, Gloria Modarelli.
There was a private service and viewing on Sept. 14, 2011, at the Desert Memorial Cremation & Burial Society Funeral Home in Las Vegas.
Interment took place at The Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nevada.
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