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Jack M. Modesto, 99 – Entrepreneur and Inventor

Jack M. Modesto, Sr., 99, of Pine Grove, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Born on May 17, 1921 in Stamford, CT, he was a son of the late Salvatore and Michelina Merola Modesto.

He met the love of his life Margaret “Peggy” Modesto and spent 58 amazing years together.

Jack was an entrepreneur and inventor, building a successful GMC dealership in Cressona with his brothers which he eventually took over, Co-owned Susquehanna Coach Co., in Cressona with his lifelong friend, and co-created a 5th wheel device which thrust travel trailer use into the future.

He was very accomplished, being a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, as a Flotilla Commander, Lifetime NRA member, Boy Scout Leader, and President of We The People.

Jack always had an uplifting attitude and loved spending time with family and friends. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and gunsmith. He was loved and respected by all who knew him.

Preceding him in death were his beloved wife, Peggy in 2018; two brothers John and Salvatore Modesto; two sisters, Angelina DeCarlo and Mary Caccavella.

Surviving are sons, Jack Jr. (Esther) Modesto of Arizona, Salvatore (Karen) Modesto of Seltzer City, Nicholas Sr. (Sally) Modesto of Pine Grove; daughters, Stella (Rick) Ochs of Seltzer City, Robin (Craig) Werner of Pine Grove, Dina Modesto of Punta Gorda, FL, Danielle (Darin) Chandler of Port Charlotte, FL; 12 grandchildren, Eddie, Jason, Wayne, Nichole, Ryan, Nicholas Jr., Angelina, Zachary, Gabrielle, Tiffany, Joseph and Lacie; 22 great grandchildren, Natalia, Lindsey, Katie, Kyleigh, Bryce, Bre, Bentley, Jack, Lilly, Brennden, Seth, Tanner, Blake, Julian, Zachary, Zander, Raven, Lillianna, Noah, Aurora, Jack and Luke; a brother Frank Modesto; sisters, Fran Ginther and Michelina Wapinsky and nephews.

All Services will be held at the convenience of the family with Dr. Ira Lydic officiating. Interment will be in St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery, Pine Grove. (Graveside Services will be live streamed on the Funeral Home facebook page on Friday, May 29 at 11:00 A.M.)

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to either the NRA, online at or mail to 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030 or Wellspan Hospice, 1503 Quentin Rd., Lebanon, Pa. 17042 in his memory.

The H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc, Pine Grove is in charge of arrangements and you may send condolences to the family at

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