Dolores L. Modrell

Dolores L. Modrell

1933 – 2024


BATTLE CREEK - Dolores L. Modrell, 90, of Battle Creek, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, at the Willow Dale Wellness Village of Battle Creek.

A Graveside Service will be held at 2:30 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024, at the Mount Hope Cemetery of Battle Creek. Rev. Dr. James Edward will officiate.

The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Battle Creek, is in charge of the funeral arrangements.  Condolences may be sent online at

Dolores Lucille Modrell, the daughter of John and Lucille (Wolcott) Modrell, was born on May 8, 1933, in Des Moines. She grew up in Battle Creek and received her education from Battle Creek High School graduating with the class of 1951. After high school, Dolores attended Drake University for a year and then went on to The Juilliard School in New York City and graduated from there. 

Dolores taught piano at many schools in New York and in her private studio. Dolores was an accomplished musician. She had given recitals in the Midwest and performed as both a soloist and accompanist in the Juilliard School recitals as well as having played at Carnegie Hall. In addition to her musical talents, Dolores was also an author. She wrote a children’s book, “Tales of Tiddly,” about her beloved cat. 

Survivors include her sister-in-law Marian Modrell of Battle Creek; nephews John Modrell of Holstein, and James (Stacey) Modrell of Moville; and niece Joyce (David) Johnson of Dumfries, Virginia.

She was preceded in death by her parents John and Lucille Modrell; a brother in infancy, brother John “Jack” Modrell; and niece-in-law Julie Modrell.


Services: Feb. 15, Mount Hope Cemetery, Battle Creek

Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home • Battle Creek • 712-365-4446



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