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Joan C. Costello Turnbull

1931 - 2014 PITTSFIELD Mrs. Joan C. Costello Turnbull, 83, a longtime City of Pittsfield School Teacher died Wednesday, Oct. 1, at Berkshire Medical Center. Born on May 27, 1931 in Geneva, Ill. a daughter of the late William and Annalou Burton Costello. She was educated in Bloomington, Ill. and was a graduate of North Adams State Teachers College where she received her master's in education. Mrs. Turnbull taught school for the City of Pittsfield Public school system for many years retiring on June 30, 1996. She taught at Tucker Elementary, West Side Community School, now Conte, and Williams Elementary School. She was a member of First United Methodist Church where she was very active in church affairs. She was a member of the Massachusetts Retired Teachers Association. She had been a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and the and was a longtime survivor of cancer. She enjoyed going out with her lunch buddies twice weekly up until a few weeks ago. She also enjoyed playing Sudoku and watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy on television. She was the wife of Robert W. Turnbull Sr. who died March 22, 1975. She is survived by a son Robert W. Turnbull Jr. of Dighton, Mass.; three daughters, Kathy S. Kierstead and her husband, Scott, of North Adams, Debra Murphy and her husband, Steve, of York, Maine, and Ann Mazzeo of Franklin, Mass.; seven grandchildren, Megan and Morgan Kierstead, Jennifer Murphy, Christopher and Brendan Puopolo and Hope and Robbie Turnbull; also by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Burton W. Costello. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services will be held Monday Oct. 6 at 12 Noon at DERY FUNERAL HOME, 54 Bradford St. Pittsfield, with the Rev. Stephanie J. Filiault, associate pastor of First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Pittsfield Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until 12 Noon on Monday. In lieu of flowers memorials in her memory may be made to the C.O.P.D. Foundation or to First United Methodist Church both in care of the funeral home.


Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Oct. 4, 2014
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