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Another long time Tugger is gone

Pat H

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I am so very sad to have to post this. Fern Modena passed away suddenly today. Fern was on TUG from it's early days and at one time the Tug Lounge was called Fern's Cafe (or was it lounge). When I was in Vegas in Nov, a few other Tuggers and I had lunch with Fern. She had several health problems in recent years but her death was unexpected.

Fern was a wealth of information on TUG. She was always very nice and kind to me and I am so grateful to have been friends with her. She is now with her beloved Jerry.

May she rest in peace. :bawl:
 
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T-Dot-Traveller

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Sorry to read this

Had read recent posts by Fern and enjoyed them .

I hope she and Jerry get a 2 bedroom lock off and great trades in heaven
 

Passepartout

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OMG!!! Fern was one of my favorite TUGgers. I had a PM conversation with her in the last couple of days. R.I.P. my FRIEND, he says through tears.

Jim
 

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I enjoyed her posts so much. I'm really sorry to hear she's gone.
 

Karen G

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I am stunned. We live in the same community. So sad to read this.
 

MULTIZ321

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What shocking news. I never met Fern personally but over the years she has been very helpful to me on a variety of topics, both timeshare related and non-timeshare topics. I considered Fern a friend.

I'll miss her.

Rest in Peace Fern.

Richard
 

davidvel

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Fern was great, always letting you know how it really is, without the B.S., with your interests in mind. So sorry to all for TUGBBS' collective loss.
 

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Tug's Unstoppable Gal


She told it like it was, and was usually right.
Been reading Fern's posts since the late 90s.....a wise lady.
Fern, you'll be missed....RIP


Found this photo of Fern in an old 2012 post:
(left to right:Gundy & Karen Gunderson, Fern Modena, Sherry & Ross Eason)

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TUGBrian

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oh wow, this is so very sad.

literally one of the founding members of TUG.
 

Karen G

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Tug's Unstoppable Gal


She told it like it was, and was usually right.
Been reading Fern's posts since the late 90s.....a wise lady.
Fern, you'll be missed....RIP


Found this photo of Fern in an old 2012 post:
(left to right:Gundy & Karen Gunderson, Fern Modena, Sherry & Ross Eason)
Thanks for posting the photo. That was a fun time with Fern and the Easons. I will surely miss her.
 

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What a shock! Seems like I saw one of her posts fairly recently. I'm so very sorry to hear this--timeshare has truly lost a 'Leading Lady.'

In my earliest days on TUG, I phoned in to a few of her chat sessions (not sure what it was called, maybe that was 'Fern's Cafe'?).
 

SueDonJ

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What a shock. I'm so sorry for all of you who counted Fern a friend away from online life, and sad for the rest of us who will miss her here. She was one of a kind.
 

klpca

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Wow, what a loss for TUG. I enjoyed her posts and loyalty to the group.
 

"Roger"

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Very sad to hear the news.

I am a bit fuzzy about the early beginings, but I believe Fern's involvement in helping timeshare owners connect with each other predates even TUG. She started a message board for timeshare owners on the Prodigy network (one of the first information services on the net). When TUG was formed, her service became Fern's Cafe. After several years, she asked that the name be dropped and we now have what is called the TUG Lounge. (Others who were around before me, please feel free to step in to add to the story and correct any mistakes that I have made.)

In any case, I will certainly miss Fern. May she rest in peace.
 

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OMG. So very sorry to hear this. Prayers for her family.
 

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Sorry to hear this. I know Fern had been a good friend to many Tugers. RIP
 

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So very sad to read this. I felt like I knew her from her posts here on the forums. She will be missed.
 

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Sad

I see she last posted on Jan 10, so it must have been sudden. If someone sees her obit, could they please post it or a link to it.
 

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I never had the opportunity to meet this person face to face. But she gave me so great advice about timeshare ownership and about diabetes.

R.I.P. Fern, I will never forget you.
 

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Sad news indeed. I always appreciated her straightforward style, and she truly wanted everyone to have the best vacations possible ~ Ron
 

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So very sad to read this. I felt like I knew her from her posts here on the forums. She will be missed.

Agree, she was always so very helpful.
 

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So sad!

Fern was instrumental in my timesharing education, and that of many. I remember reading her articles in "Timesharing Today" magazine early in my search for information. Her presence on TUG was as one whose posts I searched for, enjoyed and respected. TUG without Fern is hard to imagine. She will be missed. May she rest in peace!
 
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