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“Sharon,Mary and Dianne...I was saddened to hear your mother has passed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families during your time of...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Tim Eakins - IA - friend

“Mary, I'm so sorry for your loss. Please know I have you and your family in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this painful time. May the...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Nancy Baker - Des Moines, IA

“Dear Uncle Ole and Cousins,We are very sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Aunt Theresa will always be in our...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Monica Wisniewski - Warren, MI

“Mary, my smpathy & prayers to you on the passing of your mom. Marilyn ”
4 of 14 | Posted by: Marilyn Nieuwenhuis - Des Moines, IA

“Mary, so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Having been there, I know what you are going through. Just know that people are thinking of you at...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Donna Jones - Nodaway, IA

“Mary my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. ”
6 of 14 | Posted by: Denise Cotten Bush - Altoona, IA

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Aunt Theresa. We will always cherish the wonderful memories of the times we spent together and the special way...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Don & Judy Lechvar - Milford, MI

“Mary I am so sorry to hear about your mother's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please let us know if there is...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Anita Henry - Osceola, IA

“Mary, so sorry to learn of the death of your mother. You will always have her in your heart. My sympathy to you and your family. ”
9 of 14 | Posted by: Brenda Sulentic - Des Moines, IA

“Mary, Our thought and prayers are with you and your family. Jody and Greg ”
10 of 14 | Posted by: Jody Stanley - Des Moines, IA

“Ole , Our sincere sympathy to you and your family. Love and Prayers . Joann Meusburger and Family ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Joann Meusburger and Family - IA

“Sharon Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sean & Kim Lewis ”
12 of 14 | Posted by: Sean Lewis

“Saying a prayer for you Mary and your family. She will always be there with you, just out of site. Imagine her at her healthiest & happiest moments...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Holly Ketelsen - friend

“Dear Curt and family, My sincere sympathies to you and you whole family. ”
14 of 14 | Posted by: Shary Albaugh - Ankeny, IA


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Theresa Mary Modtland, 80, passed away at her home in Ankeny surrounded by her family on Sunday, May 6, 2012.

Theresa was born on December 26, 1931 in Detroit, MI to Walter and Margaret Engelhart and graduated from Hamtramck High School in 1950. She married Ole J. Modtland in 1954 and moved to Ames, IA. The family moved to Ankeny, IA in 1968 and to an acreage near Maxwell, IA in 1975 where she enjoyed the country life. After retirement, Ole and Theresa returned to Ankeny in 2005.

In addition to being a devoted wife and loving mother, she was very active throughout her life in church activities such as Altar and Rosary Society, Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Choir & Religious Educator. Community activities that Theresa participated included Ankeny Welcome Wagon, PTA, Maxwell Women's Club, Community Choir & American Legion Auxiliary. She was a compassionate teacher for those with special needs and was passionate about her family, pets and flower gardening.

She will be deeply missed by her husband Ole of 57 years, her six children; Steven, Curtis (Cindy), Sharon (Michael Reis), David (Denise), Mary (Gordon Schuler), Dianne (Roger) Wilkens , four grandchildren; Angelica (Matt) Smith, Michelle Modtland, Brian Modtland, BreAnna Ploeger and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers; Archie (Alice), Alfred (Helene), Ray (Mary Ella) and a sister Virginia.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at Ankeny Memorial Gardens, 4208 North Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, IA from 5:00 to 8:00 pm with a vigil service at 7:00 pm. Funeral mass will be at 10:30 am, Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church, 510 E. 1st Street, Ankeny, IA, with burial to follow at Ankeny Memorial Gardens.