Joan Rahm Modi

WILMINGTON, Del. – Joan Rahm Modi, who grew up in Iron Mountain but who was a long-time resident of Wilmington, died June 3 in Mesa, Ariz., after a short illness.

Born in Ironwood, she grew up in Iron Mountain and graduated from Iron Mountain High School in 1941. After graduation, she worked for a while and then entered Michigan State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in 1948.

She moved to Tonawanda, N.Y., with her husband, Ted Modi, in 1949 and to Wilmington in 1955. She earned her master’s degree at the University of Delaware in 1968.

Joan was a long-tenured teacher in the school system in New Castle County, Delaware. She taught at the lower school at the Alfred I. DuPont Institute, one of the world’s leading hospitals for children.

She served on the Board of the Delaware Swedish Colonial Society for many years, volunteered at the Holy Child Catholic Church, and belonged to the Wilmington chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) for over 50 years.

She is predeceased by her parents, David and Stella Rahm of Iron Mountain, and by her sisters, Dorothy Rahm Fay and Jan Rahm.

She is survived by her daughter, Christine Straub (John); sons, William, David (Sophia) and John (Kay); her sisters, Helen Rahm Malin and Lois Rahm Fitch; her brother, David Rahm; seven grandchildren; and over 20 nephews and nieces.

Services will be held at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Glen Mills, Pa., and interment at the All Saints Cemetery in Newark, Del.