Francis Patrick Costa
Francis Patrick Costa, 85, of Cedar Falls, IA, formerly of Hughson and Turlock, died Tuesday, October 1, 2013, at the Western Home Elizabeth Martin Health Center in Cedar Falls. He was born March 17, 1928 in Hughson, the son of Antone and Mary Margaret (Enos) Costa. Francis married Mary Lou Mendonca on February 8, 1953 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Hughson. Francis served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked for Nielson's Blacksmith & Welding and later the Ernest & Julio Gallo Winery in Modesto for thirty-seven years. Francis was a member of the Knights of Columbus and enjoyed carpentry and welding.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou Costa, of Cedar Falls; a daughter, Luann (Rev. Gary L. Johnson) Alemao-Johnson, of Cedar Falls; a son, Bruce (Teresa) Costa, of Parkersburg, IA; six grandchildren, Andrew Alemao, Gareth Costa, Benjamin Costa, Garrett Johnson, Zach (Kristin) Johnson and Jessamyn Johnson; a great granddaughter, Katherine Johnson; two brothers, Don (Jean) Costa of Turlock and Clarence "Bud" (Jan) Costa of Senora, and a sister, Delores (Jim) Coehlo, of Turlock.
Francis was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, Joseph Alemao; four brothers, Louie, Larry, Tony and Fred Costa, and two sisters, Evelyn Borges and Helen George.
Services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 4, 2013, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, with inurnment at Fairview Cemetery, both in Cedar Falls. Memorials may be directed to St. Patrick Catholic School or the Western Home Foundation, both in Cedar Falls. Condolences may be left at www.DahlFuneralHome.com.
Published in the Modesto Bee on Oct. 3, 2013