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Ian Edward Modelski
(September 24, 1954 - June 28, 2012)

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Stas Lisiecki
Bydgoszcz, Poland
July 8, 2012 12:29 PM
Bydgoszcz, July 6, 2012

I was greatly shocked and saddened of Jasiu's passing away. We were friends since college days. Even though I haven't been around for the last few years (I live in Poland), I have always maintained my love and respect for him. For me, he was an ideal person: patriotic ((he volunteered and served in the U.S. military), a Catholic traditionalist, a true blue Conservative who in the past was politically involved, a patriotic Pole (who tried to instill Polish traditions into his children), and a good family man. I will miss Jaś just as we miss his dad, Izydor, who was almost a daily visitor at our home in Warren. I offer my sincerest condolences to the entire family, especially to Jane and the children. I will have some masses offered for Jaś in Poland. "May God grant him eternal rest in the mansions where the righteous repose from where all sorrow and sighing have fled away!" Staś Lisiecki and family.

Bob Sliwinski
Troy, MI
July 6, 2012 10:30 PM
I always enjoyed working with Ian at INS. He was a very capable and helpful supervisor. I know he was very proud of his Polish ancestry and considered his Catholic Faith an extremely important part of life. May he rest in peace.

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Lacey Seabrooks
Detroit, MI
July 6, 2012 12:37 PM
My deepest sympathy goes out to your family and loved ones, Ian you will totally be missed, you were a great and funny man.

Stephen Lewis
Riverside, RI
July 5, 2012 9:14 PM
My heart and prayers go out to Jane and the kids. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Elaine Clark
Selma alabama
July 3, 2012 3:03 PM
I am sorry to hear of the passing of Ian, he was my supervisor when I worked at the US Ambassador Bridge and Tunnel for the Immigration and Naturalization Service. He will truly be missed my prayers and deepest sympathy go out to his wife and family.

Susan Verdoliva
Des Moines, IA
July 3, 2012 9:28 AM
I had the priviledge of knowing Ian for the years I worked in the Detroit office. He was always willing to help when I had a difficult issue to deal with. He was a great man to know. Ian always had a smile on his face. I know I won't be the only one who will miss him.

Dave Martin
Detroit, Michigan
July 2, 2012 8:14 PM
My heart goes out to Jane and all the Modelski family. I first met Ian when he started with the former INS and worked with me at the US-Canada border; and although our careers eventually took slightly different paths within the U.S. Government, I later had the pleasure of working with him again for a few years during my tenure with USCIS at the Detroit District Office. Ian showed himself to be a very dedicated public servant who carried out his duties with the utmost of enthusiasm and patriotism. I found it always pleasant to chat with him and he always had a keen sense of humor. I believe that his work ethic and professionalism were a reflection of his deep faith. I also know that he was a very loving and dedicated family man. May God grant him eternal rest and peace and may God console his wife, children and other family members. He will be truly missed by all.

Martha Jennings
Marquette, MI
July 2, 2012 4:29 PM
As an immigration attorney from Marquette -- 450+ miles away -- my visits to the USCIS Detroit office have been few and far between. But in the 10+ years that I knew Ian, he always went out of his way to be friendly and helpful to me. He possessed a wealth of knowledge of immigration law, and was generous in sharing it, along with his kindness to me and his rather dry sense of humor. He was a true gentleman, a true professional, and I will greatly miss him.

Steven Roby
Royal Oak, MI
July 2, 2012 1:33 PM
I give my heartfelt and deepest sympathies to the Modelski family. I knew Ian in the 1980s when he was working in an inspection function at the Detroit Windsor Tunnel. There were exclusion proceedings held there too. I was there occasionally representing clients. He was always a professional and committed officer. Whenever I recently saw him, from afar - we would exchange nods as professional courtesies (because it's hard to have any personal direct contact with officers, at the USCIS District Office, I would smile to myself remembering how he was a professional and truly decent man. I am sorry for your loss. Respectfully, Steven Roby

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Terri Hill
Detroit, MI
July 2, 2012 1:05 PM
My condolences are with you at this time. Ian was a kind, genuine co-worker who always either had a smile on his face or a song in his heart (that he hummed). My prayers are that as the days past, you load of sadness will be comforted by a peace knowing that grace and love afforded us the opportunity to know such a wonderful person.

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