LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Jan Costello passed away peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, with her two children at her side. She died just as she lived, with dignity and grace.|
She was born in Cosmos, Minn. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, Minn., and from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in music. She was a gifted pianist and organist.
Jan lived and worked in Germany and did extensive traveling all over the world. She was the first female teacher at the all-boys Shattuck School in Faribault, Minn. She also starred as "Dolly" in "Hello Dolly" in Rochester, Minn. She moved to Las Vegas, Nev., in the late 1980s. It was in Las Vegas that she held her favorite job as a substitute teacher at The Academy of International Studies, Performing and Visual Arts.
Jan lived her life to the fullest. She dearly loved politics, travel, music, and her family and friends.
She was proceeded in death by two sons, Jeffrey and Billy. She is survived by her children, Jon Furlow (Brenda) of Madison, Wis., and Mary Lyman (Tim) of Algonquin; her five grandchildren, Matthew, Rachel, Colin, Erin and Delaney; and a brother, Gene Gregory. She was loved and cared for by her dear friend and caregiver, Gerry. She was also helped often by neighbors, Jose and Linda. A special thanks to Mike and Niru at Nathan Adelson Hospice for caring so compassionately for Jan.
She will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved her. Services will be planned at a later date in Madison, Wis.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Sept. 13, 2013