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Edward Vincent Costanzo


1919 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Edward Vincent Costanzo Obituary
August 27, 1919 - October 14, 2016 Ed passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 14, 2016. He was 97 years old. He was the sixth of seven children born to Vincent and Rose Costanzo in Far Rockaway, Queens, New York. Vincent and Rose were proud Italian immigrants who came to America to establish their family. This was a close-knit family who enjoyed family life and music. Ed continued his interest in music as a young man and throughout his life. A very successful student, Ed graduated with a business degree from City College New York. In 1942 he joined the Army Air Corps, becoming a pilot, flying mainly B17's and B25's in the First Photographic Mapping Squadron; many reconnaissance flights over North Africa were followed by missions over Europe till the War's end. After his discharge from the Army Air Corps, he spent a short time in New York with his family before moving to Southern California with his partner "Chick" Densten. Ed and Chick had trouble finding housing when they moved to Los Angeles. There was a severe housing shortage after the War. They found a small house that was an antique shop with a small apartment in the back of the house. They bought the shop and lived there until they saved enough money to buy a home. During the next few decades, they bought several homes. Ed's last home, where he lived for forty years, was in Los Feliz. Ed worked at several beginning jobs before going to work for Hughes. Ed spent the rest of his career with Hughes as Director of Contracts. Ed retired early to care for Chick, who had an extended illness, which finally ended their forty-nine year relationship. During this time, Ed did volunteer work with "Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic" where he volunteered for twenty years. Ed met Kermit Hartley in 1993. Kermit had not yet retired and was living in the Bay Area, so their relationship was long distance for two years, until Kermit's retirement and move to Los Angeles. They led a happy, healthy lifestyle and a spent much time traveling to many places in the world and their own country. Frequent trips to New York and the Bay Area were always a special treat, spending time with family and friends. They volunteered together at the Los Angeles Department of Consumer Affairs for nineteen years. Ed's family from New York, who shared the strong family bond, was frequent visitors and always warmly welcomed. As nieces and nephews grew up they enjoyed visits to "Uncle Ed" and being entertained by the charms of Los Angeles. Ed is survived by his husband, Kermit Hartley of Burbank, CA; and many nieces and nephews: Beth Tierney, Lillian Eferstein, Mary Don, Mary Ann Raab, Rose Ysenchak, Michael Elders, Richard Elders, Joseph Rizzo, Phillip Rizzo, Ralph DePalma, Tom De Palma, Don Solino, John Solino and Louis Basile.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Jan. 25 to Jan. 28, 2017
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