Family Felt Comforted By Community Following Mother’s Tragic Accident At Bandelier

Beverly J. Modlin

Staff Report:

The visitor who died Oct. 3 in Bandelier National Monument after being struck by a falling tree has been identified. Beverly J. Modlin, 81, of Wheeling, Ill., died in the tragic accident while on vacation with her children.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan M. Hines and her children, Michael and Anne Hines; and her son, Robert C. Modlin and his children, Nicholas, David and Christopher Modlin. She was their loving mother and friend, grandmother of their children, and wife to their father who died 29 years ago.

Modlin taught hundreds of piano students in the northwest suburbs the entirety of her years there. She was a long-standing member of the Northwest Music Teacher’s Association, PEO, Theta Sorority, and staff member of Kingswood United Methodist Church where she served the church as their organist, music director, and Allelus Choir Director at various times of her career.

She was also a tireless volunteer in the church food pantry, “PADS” program assisting the homeless in the community, and so much more. She loved to travel, played a not-so-good Bridge game, hosted beautiful piano recitals, enjoyed movies with her “movie group,” spending time with her wonderful friends too many to count, and making and teaching beautiful music. She was a gifted pianist and organist, teacher, mentor, mother and friend.

The children wish to thank the multitude of kind and brave strangers, park service, Los Alamos Police Department and police chaplain who comforted and helped them at the Bandolier National Monument park where the accident occurred. They felt wrapped in comfort in their time of need and continue to feel the love of their community. Thank you to all who loved their mother.