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Joan E. Costello


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Joan E. Costello Obituary
Joan E. Costello of Longmont, loving wife, mother and grandmother, died July 3, 2015. She was 80.

Born Joan Elizabeth Boyle on Sept. 3, 1934, in Bronx, N.Y., she attended St. Frances de Chantal Elementary School and was valedictorian of her senior class at Msgr. Preston High School. She earned a scholarship to Good Counsel College and attended Fordham University in Manhattan.

She married Francis C. Costello October 8, 1955, and they lived most of their lives in Hillsdale, N.J., before retiring to Estes Park in 1998. Her husband had been professor and chairman of the Biology Department at Bronx Community College, City University of New York before retirement. They had an enduring marriage, a romance that lasted a lifetime.

Joan Costello was a volunteer tutor for years at St. John the Baptist school in Hillsdale, worked at B. Altman and Co. and retired from Volvo Cars of North America.

She is survived by her husband, Francis, and a brother, the Rt. Rev. Joseph M. Boyle, O.C.S.O., the abbot of St. Benedict's Monastery in Snowmass; by four children, Timothy G. Costello (Katie) of Irvine, Calif., Monica J. Costello of Boulder, Francis X. Costello (Bonnie) of Westwood, N.J., and Mariclare E. Costello Suomi (Marvin) of Beverly Hills, Calif.; and by nine grandchildren, Christina of Portland, Ore., Molly of Chicago, Catherine of Phoenix, Christopher of Weehawken, N.J., Nicholas and Anna, both of Westwood, N.J., and Joshua, Jacob and Grace Suomi, all of Beverly Hills, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Charles J. and the Rev. Gerald A. Boyle, and by her parents, Charles J. and Mary E. (McCarthy) Boyle.

Joan's life work was her children and her family: she loved them dearly. She was a prolific knitter and shared her creations. She enjoyed bird watching and gardening with her husband. Together, they traveled to all 50 states and took their children camping in the Lower 48. She was a member of the Estes Park chapter of the P. E. O. International. Joan leaves behind many friends in New York, New Jersey and Colorado.

She loved her butter and the Mets, both of which were largely detrimental to her health.
Published in Estes Park Trail-Gazette on July 10, 2015
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