Obituary of Reverend Jane Modlin (1929 – 2021) – Knightstown, IN


Reverend Mary Jane Modlin, 92, of New Castle, a member of the Foursquare Gospel Church, returned home to be with the Lord on Friday, September 24, 2021 at the Stonebrooke Rehabilitation Center in New Castle. She was born on May 9, 1929 in New Castle, Indiana, daughter of Fannie Winslow Fears.
Mary Jane attended New Castle High School, graduating in 1947. She was employed at the Fort. Benjamin Harrison Finance Center in Indianapolis, before moving to Richmond, Indiana in the late 1960s. There she was employed as an administrative assistant for Head Start, briefly employed at Belden Corporation, and a Social Security clerk. She later served as an investigator for the Wayne Township Trustee’s Office, Outreach Worker for the Interlocal Community Action Program in Eaton, Ohio, as well as the Purdue Extension in Richmond. Returning to New Castle, she served as a caregiver for Cardinal Services, Foster Grandparent Program Coordinator for Interlocal Community Action Program (ICAP), Purdue Extension in New Castle, pastor at Barnes United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Child Care Worker and Transportation Coordinator at Bennett House is returning to New Castle and most recently as an adoptive grandparent for the ICAP Foster Grandparent program.

As mentioned above, in addition to graduating from New Castle High School, she has attended classes at Purdue University, Anderson University, IU East, IVY Tech, Springfield College, the University of Dayton and the University of Indianapolis for ministry regarding her new employment as Pastor, graduating in 2007. She obtained her first pastoral license with The United Methodist Church in 1993, later obtaining a Certificate of Merit from Indiana Area Alternative School to obtain a local pastor’s license and began college. The churches she headed were Barnes United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Christ United Methodist Church in New Castle, Metamora United Methodist Church in Metamora, Ogden United Methodist Church in Ogden, and New United Methodist Church in Ogden. Life in Connersville, his last charge. Currently at Foursquare Gospel Church, as a member since 2005 under the leadership of Rev. Jim Becker, she has volunteered, visiting the sick in hospitals, retirement homes and private homes, sending cards and offering communion. She also volunteered there for the church’s DIVE Youth Program, which stands for Discovering Important Values ​​for Eternity.

She was predeceased by her parents; son, Robert Sheppard and infant son Bobby Ballard; husbands; and her sister, Nancy Thompson.

She is survived by one grandson, Ryan Sheppard; two great-grandsons; six nieces, Inez Fox, Terri Thompson, Yvonne Thompson, Deborah (Mike) Edmunds, Rebecca Modlin and Pamela Modlin; nephew, Dr Charles (Sheryl) Modlin Jr; six great-nephews, Kyle & Eric Fox, Brandon Johnson, Denzel Buchanon, Sean Edmunds and Charles Modlin III; four great-nieces, Jeniece Taylor, Sarah, Hannah & Meredith Modlin; several cousins ​​and special friends, Reverend Carol Wiley, Reverend Jim Becker, Larry & Cindy Rivers, Lori & Brent Vincent, Vanessa Razor, Ruth & Blake Hurst, Kevin Polivic from ICAP, Ricky Cottman and others from Foursquare Gospel Church.

Services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at Foursquare Gospel Church with Reverends Jim Becker and Carol Wiley officiating. Interment will follow at Earlham Cemetery in Richmond. Visitations will take place Thursday at 10:00 a.m. until church service time. Funeral arrangements have been left with the Hinsey-Brown funeral service in New Castle. You can express your condolences or share a memory of Mary Jane at

Posted by Hinsey Brown Funeral Home on Sep 25, 2021.

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