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1935 Joseph 2021

Joseph Modl

November 25, 1935 — March 5, 2021

Joseph R. Modl, 85, of Chippewa Falls died Friday, March 5, 2021 at the Chippewa Manor while under the care of St. Joseph’s Hospice.

He was born November 25, 1935 in Eau Claire to Edith (Kent) and Raymond Modl.  He grew up in Eau Claire and graduated from St. Patrick’s High School.

Following high school, Joe proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1956 until his honorable discharge in 1962.

On October 11, 1958, he married his true love Susan L. “Sue” Fransway at Notre Dame Catholic Church in Chippewa Falls.

One of Joe’s favorite past times was fishing.  He loved to spend time at Summer Haven Resort on Mud Lake.  Joe and his family spent many summers at their camper in Chetek.  His kids and grandkids have many fond memories from there, learning to fish, grilling out and talking around the campfire.

He is survived by his children, Lynn (Mark) Bergerson, Mark (Pam) Modl, Peter (Kris) Modl, Mickey (Sara) Modl and Daniel (Tammy) Modl; a brother, Keith (Jeannie) Modl; nine grandchildren, Patrick (Holly) Bergerson, Christopher (Ashlee) Bergerson, Lance (Lana) Modl, Ericka (Luke) Zillmer, Ben (Nicole) Modl, Jessica (Brett) Asleson, Carissa (Justin Brummond) Modl, Abigail (Roger) Haglundand Daniel Modl; 17 great grandchildren; numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sue on November 2, 2018; and a brother, Ronald Modl.

Due to Covid-19, private services will be held. The service will be livestreamed and webcasted at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 10 at

Burial with military honors will be held at Forest Hill Cemetery, Chippewa Falls.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Chippewa Manor Nursing Home for the care, kindness and compassion shown to Joe over the past two plus years he was there.

Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services, Chippewa Falls is serving the family.  Please share your memories and condolences online at

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