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Michael E. Costello Jr.

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Michael E. Costello Jr., 70, a lifelong Franklin resident, died Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Brighton, following a brief illness. He was the husband of Elaine (Vozzella) Costello. Born in Franklin, Aug. 19, 1941, a son of the late Michael E. and Mabel (Hodges) Costello, he was raised and educated in Franklin, and was a member of the first Little League team in 1953, and was a graduate of Franklin High School, Class of 1959. Mr. Costello worked as a purchasing agent for 25 years, and later worked in the maintenance department for the Franklin Housing Authority, retiring in 2002. He also served in the United States Navy. He attained the rank of SN (E-3), and served aboard the USS Cascade (AD-16). He was honorably discharged in December of 1961. Mike was an avid Boston sports fan who enjoyed his grandchildren, crossword puzzles, movies, family and friends. Surviving, in addition to his wife of 46 years, are two sons, Michael G. Costello and his wife, Maribeth, of Medway, Matthew J. Costello and his wife, Shannon, of Bellingham; a daughter, Dina M. Merolla and her husband, Jeff, of Franklin; a brother, Richard Costello and his wife, Eileen, of Attleboro; two sisters, Patricia Ober of Upton and Judy Costello of Franklin. He was also the proud Nonno to his nine grandchildren, Dylan, Casey, Stephen, Ian, Rachel, Jacob and McKenna Costello, Nicholas and Carlie Merolla. Mr. Costello was also the brother of the late Jane Menard and the brother-in-law of the late Donald Ober. He also leaves many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral Wednesday Oct. 5, at 9:15 a.m., at the Charles F. Oteri & Son Franklin Funeral Home, 33 Cottage St., Franklin, with a funeral Mass at 10 a.m., at St. Marys Church, 1 Church Square. Interment with military honors will follow in St. Marys Cemetery. Calling hours are Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 4 to 8 p.m. Donations in his memory, sent to the of New England, 460 Totten Pond Road #400, Waltham, MA 02451, would be appreciated.

Published in The Country Gazette from Oct. 2 to Oct. 9, 2011
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