Jessie R. Costanzo, West Pittston, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Wilkes-Barre.
Born May 5, 1938 in Pittston, Jessie was the daughter of the late Nicholas and Pasqulina (Sciandra) Costanzo.
She graduated from Pittston High School, Class of 1956, and College Misericordia, Class of 1963. She also received her graduate degree from the University of Scranton.
After graduation, she went on to teach for three years in the Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, Levittown, Pa. She later became a reading specialist for Pittston City Elementary, retiring from this position in 1993.
She was a member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) and AARP.
Jessie was preceded in death by her sister Josephine Costanzo.
Surviving are her brothers, Angelo Costanzo, Chambersburg, and James Costanzo, Pittston; sister Eleanor Galante, Burbank, Calif.; and nephew, Ralph Costanzo, West Pittston, with whom she resided for many years.
Funeral services have been entrusted to the Graziano Funeral Home Inc., Pittston Township. Viewing hours will be held at the funeral home on Thursday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. A blessing service, officiated by Monsignor John Sempa of Corpus Christi Parish, will take place at the funeral home at 11:30 a.m. Interment services will be in the Denison Cemetery, Swoyersville.
For directions to the funeral home or to submit online condolences to Jessie's family, please visit www.grazianofuneralhome.com.
Published in Times Leader on Feb. 27, 2013