Michael J. Costanza

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Michael J. Costanza, 59, of Laflin passed away Tuesday evening, March 26, 2013, in The University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia.

Born in Ocean City, N.J., he was the son of the late Nazzareno and Josephine DeMatteo Costanza and was a graduate of Holy Spirit High School, Absecon, N.J., and attended the University of Scranton and graduated from Stockton State College, Galloway, N.J.

Michael was employed as vice president of sales by McCarthy Tire of Wilkes-Barre and was very active in the community.

He was a member and former CEO of the Music Box Theatre, Swoyersville; past president of the Wilkes-Barre Rotary, where he was honored with the Paul Harris Fellow, the highest award in Rotary; a member of the Bishop Hoban High School Parents Club and also served on the Advisory Council, coached boys and girls basketball for St. Nicholas/St. Mary's Elementary School, was varsity coach at St. Mary's Assumption Elementary School and was Sports Club president of St. Nicholas Parish.

Michael served on the CYC board of directors, Big Brothers Big Sisters board of directors and was a PIAA official and a member of the board of directors. He was president of the Coal Club of Philadelphia and was a finalist in the Times Leader Jefferson Award for Public Service.

Surviving are his wife of 34 years, the former Jane Frank, Laflin; daughter, Lauren Haynes and her husband, Alexander, Riverside, R.I.; son, Michael F. Costanza, Philadelphia; brothers, Carmen Costanza and his wife, Antoinette, Egg Harbor Township, N.J.; Thomas Costanza and his wife, Kari, Federal Way, Wash.; sister, Barbara Riggione and her husband, Ken, Ocean City, N.J.; several nephews and nieces; and father-in-law, Joseph Frank, Laflin.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Maria Goretti Church, Laflin. The Parish Rosary Group will recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Rosary in the church a half-hour before the Funeral Mass. All are invited to join them.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday in St. Maria Goretti Church, 42 Redwood Drive, Laflin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the CYC of Wilkes-Barre, 36 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701, or Big Brothers Big Sisters, 33 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.

Arrangements are by the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. Main St., Plains Township.

Online condolences may be made at www.corcoranfuneralhome.com.
Published in Citizens' Voice from Mar. 28 to Mar. 29, 2013