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Modena, Aldo Albert, died on March 8, 2017 at his home. He was born on September 29, 1928 in Richmond, Va. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Emory Modena; his parents, Pasquale DeModena and Erminia Imperatrice DeModena; his brother, Ralph DeModena; and his sister, Lillian DeModena Punaro and her husband, Augustine Punaro.
He is survived by his daughters, Colleen Bivens and Robin Segesta and her husband, Tom; sons, Ralph Modena and his wife, Linda and David Modena and his wife, Mary Beth. His surviving grandchildren are, Aaron Bivens and his wife, Lindsey, Shaun Bivens, Justin Bivens, Amanda Biviano and her husband, Angelo, Brian Modena and his wife, Jackie, Laura Modena, Paige Milavickas and her husband, Chris, Amy Jones and her husband, Parker, Erin Modena, Hunter Segesta and Barrett Segesta. Also surviving are nine great grandchildren, Hannah Stroup, Will Bivens, Caroline Bivens, Lydia Biviano, Augustine Biviano, twins, Reagan and Ryland Milavickas and twins, Ella and Parker Jones. He is also survived by a cousin, Mrs. James (Ida) Arcaro, who lived with the DeModena family in Richmond, Va. during her youth.
Al Modena's priorities in life were faith, family, banking and community service. He had an optimistic and cheerful attitude with a keen sense of "giving back" and "doing your share". His favorite expression was that "you cannot outgive the Lord".
Al Modena served in the U.S. Army for two years during the Korean War and upon his return to the U.S.A. from Japan, he completed his studies at Washington and Lee University Law School and became a member of the Virginia State Bar in 1954. Previously, he had graduated in 1949 from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration. He joined the staff in the Trust Division of the Flat Top Bank in Bluefield, W.Va. in May 1954 and retired as president of the bank in October 1994. During his banking career, he graduated from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University and he served on numerous federal, state and local banking association committees. In 1994, he served as chairman of the West Virginia Bankers Association.
Modena retired from the board of directors of First Community Bancshares, Inc. and First Community Bank in January, 2011, having served for 45 years on the bank board and board committees. Also, during his 57 years in Bluefield, he served on the board of directors of numerous business corporations and foundations. Throughout his years in Bluefield, he was involved in civic and community activities and held leadership roles in various organizations. He received several local and state awards in recognition of his community and banking services.
In 1964, Bluefield was unanimously selected as an All-American City by a blue ribbon panel of national business leaders in San Francisco. Al presented "the Bluefield Story" about how a "city in the heart of Appalachia was licking its problems and not its wounds."
Modena was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Bluefield from 1954-2011 and has attended St. Gabriel Catholic Church, since moving to Midlothian, Va. in 2011.
A celebration of life and funeral mass will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at St. Gabriel Catholic Church with a reception to follow. The family will be available for visitation at 10 a.m. prior to the funeral. A private family interment will be held at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Richmond, Va.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 8901 Winterpock Rd., Chesterfield, Va. 23832, or to Appalachian Teen Challenge, P.O. Box 980, Athens, W.Va. 24712, or to a favorite charity.
Published on March 9, 2017
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