Emelie Rose Sullivan

Emelie Rose Sullivan (Modra)

December 21, 1941 – March 17, 2024

Emelie Rose Sullivan, age 83 of Omaha (formerly of Eddyville, IA), passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2024.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Rose Modra; sister, Veronica; and niece, Rose Marie Modra.

Left to cherish Emelie’s memory are her son, Scott Sullivan (Joleen); sister, Mary Jo Modra; nephews, Mike (Tracy) Modra, Kyl (Dena) Modra; niece, Corine (Miguel) Chavez; and many beloved family and friends.

Emelie graduated from Eddyville High School in 1959 and attended Northeast Missouri State University.

She served on the Boards of Directors for Hospice of Wapello County, Ottumwa Chamber of Commerce, and United Way. Emelie was also a proud member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.

During her retirement, Emelie loved spending time with her family, cheering for the Iowa Hawkeyes, listening to the music of her favorite country music artist, Toby Keith, and hanging out with the ladies from her Girls Night Out group.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, April 5th, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, 3405 S. 118th St.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Meals on Wheels.


  • Sue Wedige Posted March 19, 2024 1:19 pm

    Sending prayers for the whole family. Emelie was a very special person to all of her Beta Sigma Phi sisters.
    She will be missed. “May the Lord watch between me and thee, while we are absent one from the other.”

  • Bob & Cherie Tingelhoff Posted March 19, 2024 4:00 pm

    Sending our prayers and condolences for Emelie and her family. She was a great person and will be missed. We will miss her fun birthdays and watching football. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

  • Brandon & Emily Luetkenhaus Posted March 20, 2024 8:35 am

    Emelie was such a sweet person. She was always smiling and had such a love for life, her family, and her friends. She was so very kind and an example for us all on how to achieve a life well lived. Our prayers are with you Scott, Joleen and the entire family.

  • Marcia Glassner Carver Posted March 20, 2024 8:39 am

    My cousin, Emelie, had a hearty, contagious laugh. I remember visiting the Eddyville/Ottumwa Iowa area in 1986 with my parents and three young boys in tow. Being a mom of three little ones I welcomed any opportunity to get out for awhile. My folks tended to my boys one evening while Emelie, a friend of hers and I went to a bar in Ottumwa for some fun libations. Emelie had me in stitches with her stories. It was a needed get away for this young mom and Emelie was so much fun. Hereโ€™s to you, sweet cousin

  • Carolyn Miller Posted March 20, 2024 5:56 pm

    Will miss you Em. You were a great asset to Beta Sigma Phi. Prayers for the family.

  • Debbie Glassner Jennings Posted March 23, 2024 4:01 pm

    Although we didn’t get to see you much as we spread across the country, I will always remember coming to the big house in Eddyville to visit your family and eat your mom’s great food with veggies from the garden. Then we would head upstairs and eat more veggies from the garden with grandma’s famous chicken noodle soup. I have missed grandma’s smile and laugh and your mom’s same smile and laugh for years. I used to hear it in you too and I will miss you dear cousin. Hope you are reunited with your mom and grandma and joyful laughter in heaven.

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