Deacon Joseph J. Costa

March 13, 2013

The Rev. Mr. Joseph J. Costa, PHD, 80, of Frackville, went peacefully to be with God on Wednesday evening at home, surrounded by his loving family.

Born July 31, 1932, in Frackville, he was a son of the late Joseph and Rose Griscavage Costa.

Deacon Joe attended the Frackville schools and graduated in 1950 from the former Frackville High School, where he excelled in football, basketball and baseball.

He proudly served in the Air Force as a weapons and marksmanship instructor from 1952 to 1956 at Sampson AFB, Geneva, N.Y., and Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, Texas.

He was a member of the 3650 Instructor Squadron, serving with distinction during the Korean Conflict.

After serving in the Air Force, he completed a bachelor's degree from Bloomsburg State College in 1960; library certification from Kutztown State College, 1962; master's degree (MSLS) from Villanova University, 1966; master's degree as a reading specialist (M.Ed.) at Kutztown, 1970; secondary principal certificate and superintendent letter of eligibility, Lehigh University, 1974; and a PHD in Education Administration, Columbia University, 1979.

Deacon Joe was ordained into the Diaconate by Bishop Joseph McShea in October, 1982. He served as a deacon at St. Joseph, Frackville; Our Lady of Siluva, Maizeville; St. Ann, Frackville; Annunciation BVM, Frackville; and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Mahanoy City, from where he recently retired.

His professional teaching experience included Nativity BVM High School, where he coached football and basketball; Kulpmont High School where he coached football and basketball; Frackville High School, where he coached football, basketball and baseball; Penn State University-Schuylkill Campus, where he was head librarian-director of library; and served as principal of Shenandoah Valley High School and Saint Clair Catholic Elementary School.

Deacon Joe authored the following books; Child Abuse and Neglect: Legislation Reporting and Prevention, 1978; A directory of Library Instruction Programs in Pennsylvania, 1980; Women Abuse: Legislation and Prevention, 1984, reprint 1986.

Deacon Joe was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Frackville. He was a member of the Fourth Degree, Knights of Columbus, Schuylkill Assembly, Pottsville, where he held all offices and was the Faithful Scribe for eight years. At the state level, he served as its treasurer and church director. The Rev. James A. Hogan Council 2580 of Frackville, where he held all offices and was the financial secretary for 14 years. He was a member of the Holy Name Society, Men of the Sacred Heart Association, American Legion Post 398, Frackville, and was a C.C.D. teacher for more than 20 years in the catholic schools.

Deacon Joe was a member of the first undefeated football team while attending Bloomsburg State College. He served as a Cub Scout leader (Webelos), served on the Frackville Town Council, coached CYO basketball, Little League baseball and midget football. He was also active as a PIAA official (40 years in football and basketball, 25 years in baseball, softball and the first in volleyball and track and field), and served as assignor of varsity football, JV football, softball and baseball for 10 years and assignor of the referees for Schuylkill County football for 10 years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Dolores Costa Krolick.

Deacon Joe is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, the former Marie Pribish; a son, Joseph Costa and his wife, Nancy, parents of grandchildren, Rebecca and Joseph, Frackville; son, John Costa and his wife, Marie, New Boston; daughter, Anita wife of Pablo Adam, parents of grandchildren, Andrew and Christopher, Mechanicsburg; and son, Andrew Costa, and his wife, Kristi, Bloomsburg, parents of grandchildren, Alyssa, Romen and twin grandsons, Landon and Noah.

Con-celebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday in Blessed Theresa of Calcutta Catholic Church, Mahanoy City, with Rev. Kevin Gallagher, pastor, as the main celebrant. Interment with full military honors will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Englewood, Frackville. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the church and again from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass on Monday. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers contributions in Deacon Joe's name be made to Knights of Columbus, Father James A. Hogan Council No. 2580, Education Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 366, Frackville, PA 17931. To sign the guest book, leave personal condolences and for further information, please visit Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Frackville, is in charge of arrangements.

Funeral Home

Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home - Frackville
501 Washington Street  Frackville, PA 17931

Published in Republican & Herald on Mar. 15, 2013