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“I am saddened to hear of Modest' passing. Only knew Modest for a brief period of time but he was a cheerful joy to be around.Thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Paul McNeill

“Modest, thank you for your guidance, friendship, and humor. To Modest's family, my deepest condolences for your untimely loss. He will be missed. ”
2 of 22 | Posted by: Sonia Cawley

“I was deeply saddened hearing about Modest's passing. I extend my condolences to his family and friends. I only worked directly with Modest from 1990...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Michael Olsen - Putnam Valley, NY

“I am very sorry to hear about Modest's passing. Modest's ebullient enthusiasm for the work going on in our department helped convince me to join IBM...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: John Bulzacchelli - Somers, NY

“My condolences to Modest's family on hearing this sad news. I was one of those who interviewed Modest on his application to IBM Research. It was...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: Rick Rand - Somers, NY - Coworker

“It doesn't seem possible to accept that I will never again encounter Modest's cheery greeting, walking down the hallway at Yorktown. From the many...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Sudhir Gowda - Briarcliff Manor, NY

“Although we started at IBM the same year, Modest was always a mentor, filling in the cracks of my world view with his never ending optimism and...Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: Young Kwark - Chappaqua, NY

“Linda & Ashley (and, of course, Penny),We've all lost so much with Modest's passing. Despite only knowing him a few years I consider him to be one of...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Steve Rock - Mahopac, NY - Friend

“I am deeply saddened by the passing away of Modest. He will always live in my memory as the warm, jovial and insightful manager. My sincere...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: Mohit Kapur - Tarrytown, NY

“We are so sorry to hear this sad newsWe are out of the state right now and apologize that we cannot attend the service ”
10 of 22 | Posted by: Ida and Fred Tufo - Mahopac, NY

“My condolences and prayers are with all of you ”
11 of 22 | Posted by: Sheri Anderdon - Somers, NY

“I am deeply saddened by the irreplaceable loss of a great friend, an inspiring colleague and an amazing mentor, simply an extraordinary person who...Read More »
12 of 22 | Posted by: Mehmet Soyuer - Stamford, CT

“The opportunity to work with Modest was truly a privilege. His enthusiasm for the theoretical and pragmatic dimensions of science, and how it could...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Laura Anderson - Saratoga, CA

“My deepest sympathy and condolences to you Linda, Emily, Ashley and extended family. I was Modest's administrative assistant for 4years and it was...Read More »
14 of 22 | Posted by: Deidre Thomas - Ossining, NY

“"When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight" Khalil...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: Maria and Edward Brosnahan - CT

“Modest was an exceptional person and colleague. Always kind, thoughtful, and deeply inquisitive. He made every interaction matter, and all of us...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: Dario Gil - Katonah, NY

“Modest, I will always remember you as the most enthusiastic, positive and forward looking person I had the privilege to work with. Those years at IBM...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: Mounir Meghelli - Tarrytown, NY

“It was with great sadness that I learned of Modest's sudden illness and passing. I worked with Modest for many years, some of the most productive I...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: Bernie Meyerson - NY - Coworker

“My deepest condolences to Modest's family on this very sad day. With no exaggeration Modest was one of the nicest people I have ever met in my life....Read More »
19 of 22 | Posted by: Troy Beukema - Briarcliff Manor, NY

“For a little over a year, Modest was a client of mine. It was with great sadness that I learned of his illness and then his passing; please accept...Read More »
20 of 22 | Posted by: Maribeth Timony - Boston, MA

“Our Sincere Condolences to Modest's family on this sad occasion. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. Worked with Modest many years during the...Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: Seshu Subbanna - Yorktown Heights, NY

“Let the memories of Modest's life provide you with the comfort you need during this challenging time. ”
22 of 22 | Posted by: Katie Brosnahan - Mount Kisco, NY


Modest M. Oprysko, a 32 year resident of Mahopac, NY passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at the age of 60. He was born in the Bronx on March 31, 1957 to Jaroslaw and Maria Slabicky Oprysko, who immigrated from the Ukraine.

Modest attended Stuyvesant High School in New York City. He graduated from Queens College and earned his Ph.D in Physical Chemistry from Columbia University.

In 1986, he began working in research at IBM Corp. at their Kitchawan Campus in Yorktown Heights, NY where he earned several patents. He was currently a Senior Technical Advisor and Strategist at IBM. Modest authored a book, "Silicon Germanium Technology Modeling and Design".

Modest was an avid stamp collector and reader. He loved Maine and enjoyed hiking and fishing. Among his other hobbies were woodworking and antique clock repair.

On October 28, 1978 he married Linda M. Soltesz. In addition to Linda, he is survived by his daughters, Emily Brosnahan and Ashley Oprysko; his brother Orest and his granddaughters, Cecilia and Vivienne.

A Memorial Visitation will be held on Sunday January 14, 2018 from 1-3 pm at Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home. A Service of Remembrance will follow visitation at 3 pm at the funeral home. Per his wishes, private cremation services were held prior.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Modest may be made to Regional Hospice,
30 Milestone Rd., Danbury, CT 06810.