Michael J. Costanza

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Michael J. Costanza, 59, of Laflin, passed away Tuesday evening at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

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

Michael was employed as vice president of sales for McCarthy Tire, 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; member of the Bishop Hoban High School Parents Club, where he served on the Advisory Council; coached boys and girls basketball for St. Nicholas/St. Mary's Elementary School; varsity coach at St. Mary's Assumption Elementary School and was sports club president of St. Nicholas Parish.

Michael served on the Catholic Youth Center 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 husband Alexander, Riverside, R.I.; son, Michael F. Costanza, Philadelphia; brothers, Carmen Costanza and wife Antoinette, Egg Harbor Township, N.J., and Thomas Costanza and wife Kari, Federal Way, Wash.; sister, Barbara Riggione, and 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 Tuesday at 11 a.m. in St. Maria Goretti Church, Laflin. The Parish Rosary Group will recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet and rosary in the church 30 minutes before the funeral Mass. All are invited to join them. Visitation will be held Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. in St. Maria Goretti Church, 42 Redwood Drive, Laflin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations, if desired, 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 provided by the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. Main St., Plains Township.

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Published in Times Leader on Mar. 29, 2013