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Susan Modzelewski

February 17, 1955 - February 19, 2020

Susan Modzelewski (Wolkonowski), 65, peacefully went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 in Virginia Beach, Virginia surrounded by her loving family.   Susan was born on February 17, 1955 to Edwin and Florence Wolkonowski in Rochester, New York.  She was a graduate of Saint Agnes High School in Rochester.

Susan met the love of her life, Stephen Modzelewski while they were in high school, through work.  After graduation, Stephen joined the U.S. Navy, and proposed to Susan on Christmas Eve 1974.  Susan and Stephen married and relocated to Virginia Beach, Virginia in 1975.  The Modzelewski’s union brought forth six children, Carrie, Renee, Marcie, Alicia, Stephen and Alan.  Even though Susan had six children of her own, she always welcomed other children into her heart & home, and was a second Mom to many.  Susan was proud of her husband’s career, and felt her greatest achievement was being a military wife, and raising her six children.

Susan’s family was her everything.  She especially loved spending time with her seven grandchildren, DeMarco, Brandon, Madison, Kyleigh, Bentley, Callen and Valentina.  Susan was natural caregiver, and enjoyed taking care of others.  She was a nurse for many years, both private duty and in a hospital setting.  Her faith was inspirational to many.  Throughout her battle with Stage IV Pancreatic cancer, Susan never lost her faith, and continued to bring Jesus to others with her volunteerism and selfless giving.  Throughout her life, Susan demonstrated her faith by feeding the homeless, leading Girl Scouts & Cub Scouts, hosting international students, performing mission work, teaching Sunday school, regularly donating to multiple charities, and volunteering for various ministries and church events at Saint Pius X Catholic Church in Norfolk, Naval Base Little Creek Chapel in Norfolk, Church of the Ascension in Virginia Beach, and Real Life Christian Church in Chesapeake, her final church home.

Susan’s hobbies included tending to her chickens, attending sporting events and Foreigner concerts.  She loved wine tasting, and travelling, especially to Massanutten Resort  & Ecuador, and going on cruises with her husband and family.

Susan was predeceased by her father, Edwin.  Left to cherish her memory are mother, Florence of Rochester;  devoted husband of 44 years, Stephen of Virginia Beach; six children, daughters, Carrie Downs and husband Scotty, Renee Jauregui and husband Damian, Marcie Davis and husband Christopher, Alicia Yates and husband Robert, and sons, Stephen and Alan; seven grandchildren, Demarco, Brandon, Madison, Kyleigh, Bentley, Callen and Valentina;  two brothers, Lawrence and Edwin;  three sisters Mary Anne (Harris), Christine (Button) and Nancy , and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00 pm on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Real Life Christian Church, 900 Centerville Rd, Chesapeake, VA 22030.  The family requests that participants dress comfortable, and wear Susan’s favorite color, purple, or any other bright color.

It was Susan’s wish that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Real Life Christian Church in her memory.  Condolences may be left for the family at

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