POLAND — Robert L. Moderalli, 85, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loving family.
Bob was born on January 1, 1937 in Youngstown, the beloved son of Patrick and Irene Becker Moderalli. He attended Rayen School, graduated from Liberty High School, and earned his bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University. He served his country with the US Air Force Reserve.
He was a developer of executive homes and commercial buildings, winning a Chamber of Commerce Award of Distinction. During his career he was responsible for the construction of numerous projects in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
He will be most missed by his beautiful wife of nearly 62 years, Rose Mary Galko.
Bob was the proud father of three children, Gary (Nancy) Moderalli, lawyer Robert (Lori) Moderalli and Amy (Scott) O’Hara, whom he leaves to cherish his memory and his legacy, as well as five grandchildren, Nathan Moderalli, Victoria Moderalli, and Brady, Connor, and Ireland O’Hara; and her step-grandchildren, CR (Alex) Morjock, Katie (Lenny) Morjock and Clint Morjock. He is also survived by two sisters, Bonnie (David) George and Patricia Williams; and sister-in-law, Betty Galko of Austin, Texas.
He grew up on the North Side, so naturally he loved everything Italian, from pasta to sports cars. He also had a sweet tooth – his love for his wife’s homemade banana splits and orange cookies was unmatched. Bob loved to travel over the years, especially his trips to Hawaii with Rose and his annual trips to Hilton Head Island with the whole family. Bob often entertained others with his sense of humor and wit. He loved to talk, tell stories and make people laugh. He was well known and well liked at Marc’s deli, Walmart drug store and Huntington Bank.
Bob was best known for his car rides around Poland in his silver 1996 BMW, with his beloved dog, Bella, her head happily out the window. Her smile could light up any room and her laugh was contagious. Her biggest smiles shone as she watched her children and grandchildren grow up.
His passion was golf, tirelessly trying to improve his game. If not on a golf course, you could always find him and his wife together at a driving range until closing time. He was a member of the Mill Creek Senior Golf League and enjoyed the members and years of playing golf with his buddies, especially Bill and Chris.
Bob met the love of his life when he was 18 and Rose was just 15. They were married four years later on June 25, 1960. There was nothing he wouldn’t do for the love of his life and his lifelong best friend.
His greatest pride and joy being his family, he completely adored his grandchildren. From watching Nathan’s football games to dancing competitions in Victoria, he was there; from Brady’s baseball games to teaching Connor everything he knows about golf, to Ireland since kindergarten, not only was he there, he was always front and center. He was their hero and his love was never felt.
His family is comforted to know that he is reunited with those who preceded him in death: his parents; his stepmother, Christine Yakubovic; his brother-in-law, Joseph Galko; and many aunts and uncles.
The family would like to thank Hospice of Mahoning Valley for their gentle and caring support throughout her journey with palliative home care. They are also very grateful for the time they spent working with Schiavone Funeral Home.
Friends and family are welcome for visitation hours from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 2, 2022 at Schiavone Funeral Home on Belmont Avenue. A procession will follow to the Holy Family parish in Poland, with a memorial mass at 11 a.m.
Please visit www.schiavonefh.com to share your condolences.