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Joseph J. Mody

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Mr. Joseph J. Mody, 88, passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at the Abraham House in Utica. Joe was born in Utica, March 15, 1926, a son of the late John and Jennie (Nackley) Mody. He was educated in local schools and attended Utica Free Academy. On May 27, 1951, Joe was joined in marriage to the former Lillian Abdella. Joe and Lillian have enjoyed sixty-three loving years together. A well-known local produce broker, predominately in the green bean business, Joe Mody was legendary for his connections throughout the northeast and after a lifetime in the business, he retired due to illness. A humble and passionate man, Joes life revolved around his family and they always came first in his life. He was always there for them and could fix anything. Joe also loved his work and it allowed him to spend his winters in Florida, where he loved golfing, playing cards, and just enjoying a good cigar. He is survived by his beloved wife, Lillian; three daughters and one son, Ann and her husband, Vincent Calogero, of Utica, Christine Mody and her partner, Joseph Zerga, of Henderson, NV, Joan Nehme, of Utica, and Joseph J. Mody, Jr., and his wife, Penny, of Henderson, NV; grandchildren, Michael Calogero, Lisa and Richard Shaffer, John and Joseph Nehme and their father, John Nehme, Joseph, III, and Nicholas Mody; one great-grandson, Anthony Shaffer; one sister, Nettie Koury; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by one brother, Abraham Brownie Mody. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Liturgy of the Faithful Departed on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Louis Gonzaga Church with Chor-Bishop John Faris officiating. Private interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. at The Matt Funeral Home, 700 Rutger St., at Mohawk St., Utica. The Prayer of Incense will be sung on Friday evening at 4:45 p.m. The family would like to offer their heartfelt thanks to the physicians, nurses, and caregivers at the Sitrin HCC, Hospice and Palliative Care, and the Abraham House, for their loving care of Joe during his illness. In memory of Joe Mody, please consider donations to St. Louis Gonzaga Church, Hospice and Palliative Care, or the Abraham House. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Online Memorials at MattFuneralHome.com
Published in The Observer-Dispatch from July 2 to July 4, 2014
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