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On Thursday, May 2, 2013, Arthur Costa joined his beloved wife Nettie, in heaven. He was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts on August 21, 1931, to John and Deolinda Costa. Arthur lived in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where he met and married the love of his life, Nettie.

Arthur served more than 27 years in the U.S. Air Force, attaining the rank of Chief Master Sergeant, and received many accolades and awards.

Arthur is the father of four daughters, Joanne Costa, Deolinda (Alan) Gibson, Michele (Gary) Thompson and Cheryl (Jay) Hartman. Arthur has 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He also has two sisters, Diana Rose and Cecelia Farias. Arthur was predeceased by his brothers, John, Manuel, Joseph, Alfred, George, and Edward; and sister, Hilda.

A Memorial Mass is scheduled for Friday, May 10th, at 11:00 AM, at St. Teresa's Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Arthur's name to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

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My Rose Nettie, Oh Rose Nettie,
I love you, I'm always dreaming of you.
No matter what I do I can't forget you.
And yet if I should lose you,
T'would mean my very life to me.
Of all the Queens that ever lived I'd choose you,
yes I'd choose you.

Oh My Rose Nettie

Published in FLORIDA TODAY on May 8, 2013
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