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Beverly Modlin, 81, of Wheeling, Illinois, was struck by a falling tree in the Frey Trailhead parking lot Oct. 3 at Bandelier National Monument.
Victim of falling tree identified

Officials of Bandelier National Monument released the identity Thursday of a female park visitor killed by a tree Oct. 3.
Beverly Modlin, 81, was visiting from Wheeling, Illinois, was struck by the falling tree, according to Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott.
Lott did not say why park official withheld the information from the public.
Modlin was with her children Susan Hines and Robert Modlin when the accident occurred, according to an obituary that ran in the Chicago Suburban Daily Herald Oct. 7.
Modlin was returning to her car in the Frey Trailhead parking lot when she was struck by the tree, a live Ponderosa, that reportedly snapped in half.
Park officials did not want to comment on details of the investigation, pending the conclusion of an ongoing investigation into the incident, Lott said.
According to Modlin’s obituary, she was an active member of her community and her church. She loved music and was described as a “gifted pianist and organist” who  “taught hundreds of piano students in the northwest suburbs the entirety of her years here.” Modlin lived in Wheeling for 44 years.

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