Eugene Modesti Sr., 87, died at home Thursday surrounded by his loving family. Born in Racine on September 8, 1931, Modesti was the son of Profilio and Rose Modesti.

Eugene graduated from Horlick High School in 1949 and married the love of his life, Minnie (Anzalone) Modesti, on August 30, 1950. They celebrated a happy life together for 68 years. He was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church and a longtime member of the Roma Lodge.

About Eugene Modesti Sr.

Eugene was a very ambitious man with many great accomplishments. He was a prominent businessman, graduated from the Realtors Institute, and founded Modesti Realty Inc. in 1970 as Broker Owner/Appraiser. He held the Special Designations of Certified Residential Specialist and was awarded Emeritus Status by the Council of Residential Specialist and GRI designation.

He was a rental weatherization inspector through the Department of Commerce. Eugene was a member of the Board of Realtors since 1970 and served as President of the Board from 1994-1995. He served on every Racine Board Committee and was on the Board of Directors in various positions. He received the Individual Fair Housing Award for the State of Wisconsin from the Wisconsin Fair Housing Network and was the founder of the Racine Housing Coalition. In 1997, Eugene received Realtor of the Year Award as well as Special Recognition Award. He was a great mentor to his children and grandchildren, and they continue his legacy of Modesti Realty Inc. in the new location he purchased for them.

Eugene also had a love for golf and a passion for running. He ran numerous races including 3 Marathons and continued running into his 80’s.

Above all, Eugene was a devoted family man and is survived by his wife Minnie and their three children: Rose Ann (Bye) Zickus, Eugene Jr. (Kelly) Modesti, Katherine (Patrick) Neis; their six grandchildren Carrie (Shane) Conner, Sarah (Lou) Gillmore, Danielle (Eric) Scott, Nicole (Jeff) Kimpel, Michael Modesti (Kerah Miller) and Karly Modesti; their ten great-grandchildren Hope, Hannah, Max, and Chase Conner, Everett and Kolette, and baby Gillmore,
Lucas and Theo Scott, and Samuel Kimpel; also survived by his sister, Rose Marie Domanico; sister-in-law, Mary Ann (Dave) Porcaro; many, cousins, nieces and nephews and dear friends. He was proceeded in death by his parents Profillio and Rose Modesti; a brother Alex (Shirley) Modesti; a sister Aloida (Stanley) Porcaro; brother in law, Charles Domanico; and granddaughter Gina Marie.

Modesti funeral details

Visitation will be held on Thursday at Maresh-Meredith and Acklam Funeral Home, 803 Main St., from 4-7 p.m. and on Friday at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Members of Roma Lodge will hold a service at 10:30 a.m. followed by A Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. with Reverend Mark Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32.

Please send condolences to Maresh-Meredith and Acklam Funeral Home.