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Passing of Jane Modry: Funeral Arrangements and Memorial Mass

Tuesday, September 9, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Michael Graziano
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Dear Alumni and Friends,

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Jane Modry, who passed away yesterday.

Funeral Mass to be held in Pennsylvania on Friday, September12th at 11:00 a.m. at:

St. Thomas More Church, 105 Gravity Road, Lake Ariel, PA  (570) 698-5584

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jane’s memory to St. Francis Prep, 6100 Francis Lewis Boulevard, Fresh Meadows, NY 11365.

There will be a Memorial Mass for Jane here at St. Francis Prep on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium. Following the Mass, there will be a reception in the school cafeteria.  

If you plan on attending the reception, please call Camille McMenamin at (718) 423-8810, ext. 232 or, email her at

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Jane was born in Jackson Heights, attended P.S. 32, Bayside H.S., the State University College at New Paltz, received her Physical Education Teaching Certification from Hunter College in 1967, and later her Masters Degree in Sports Management from Adelphi University.  


She began teaching Physical Education at Bishop Reilly High School in March 1967, and the following year began a coaching career that spanned 24 years in the following women’s sports: varsity basketball (1968-92); varsity volleyball (1968-80); varsity softball (1968-80); and varsity women’s track (1968-70).   Her varsity basketball teams amassed more than 300 victories, and she was named Coach of the Year for women’s basketball in 1980 and 1989.   


Her 1980 team won both the CHSAA Downstate and City Championships, while the 1989 team was the Class “B” CHSAA Champion and the New York State Runner-Up.  Her 1979 women’s softball team were the diocesan champions.  Jane has often been described as a pioneer in the world of women’s athletics – coach, administrator, and women’s athletic director 1984-99 she was recognized as Administrator of the Year by the NYS CHSAA Athletic Administrators Associa­tion.  


In 1999, Jane assumed the role of Director of Student Activities and served in that capacity until her retirement in 2005, also serving as Student Council Director from 2000-05.  She continued to serve as the Diocese of Brooklyn’s representative to the NYS Federation of Secondary Schools Athletic Association.   


In 1991, Jane was inducted into the Diocese of Brooklyn’s Hall of Fame; in 2000 became an Honorary SFP Alumna; and in 2003 she received the Franciscan Spirit Award.


On March 15th, she was inducted into the St. Francis Prep Red and Blue Terrier Hall of Fame.