Nancy Weill Costello
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MONTEREY – Nancy Weill Costello, a fourth generation resident of Monterey died at her home Friday, November 8th shorly after her 95th birthday. For the past forty five years Nancy has been known for her work of taking food to the needy families of the Salinas Valley. Her truck--she wore out many through the years--could be found mornings at the Safeway Store at the mouth of the Carmel Valley and Trader Joes in Pacific Grove where she loaded it with the surplus food from these stores. She would then head to Salinas and farm labor camps down the Salinas valley to distribute the food as well as clothes and bedding donated by many friends. Nancy's work has been featured in local and national news features. In 2007 she was chosen a local finalist for the prestigious Jefferson Award and went on to Washington D.C. where she received a national award for community service.
Nancy's roots in California went back to the era of the gold rush as her great grandfather, Bradley Varnum Sargent, and three of his brothers journeyed to California in search of gold. The four amassed a large land holding in central California including Rancho San Carlos in Carmel Valley and a ranch in South Monterey County which Nancy's grandfather ran until his death.
Nancy was born in San Francisco, the daughter of Harriet Sargent Weill of Monterey and Stuart I Weill. As a child, she lived in New Jersey until her father's death when Nancy was eight years old at which time the family returned to Monterey. She attended Monterey schools, Salinas Junior College (now Hartnell College) and Dominican College in San Rafael.
Just before the outbreak of war in 1941, Nancy married James G. (Jimmy) Costello who had joined the Monterey Herald in 1939 as a reporter. Even with severe asthma, Jimmy went off to the Army, and Nancy, first with one and then with two young children, followed him to Long Beach, CA, Texas, and North Carolina, returning to Monterey when Jimmy was sent to France. While Jimmy was in France, Nancy moved into the Stokes Adobe on Hartnell Street with Jimmy's mother and grandmother.
In 1946, just before Jimmy returned from France, Nancy purchased the home in Monterey where she was to reside for the rest of her life. Jimmy returned to work at the Herald, serving as City Editor and Editor of the Weekend Magazine. The house in Monterey was expanded several times to accommodate the growing Costello family. Nancy was the mother of six: daughters, Molly Gouge (Don), of Asheville, North Carolina; Julie Hook (Malcolm) of Aurora, Oregon; Joan Costello (Bill Hyslop) of Watsonville; and three sons: Jim (Jeanne) of Port Townsend, Washington; Mick (Shealagh) of Georgetown, Kentucky; and the late Peter Costello.
Nancy had six grandchildren: Col.Ty Seidule (Shari) of West Point, New York; Nancy Hauth (Dennis) of Portland, Oregon; Amy Seidule of Ashville, North Carolina; Sara Costello of San Francisco; Patrick Costello (Tracy Evans) of Fort Collins, Colorado; and the late Kevin Costello. She had four great-grandchildren: Peter and Wade Seidule and Abby and Sophie Hauth.
Since Nancy's health began to falter in May, a group of volunteers has continued her work of feeding those in need. Nancy's Project was formed as a nonprofit corporation several years ago as a means of accepting donations. The first donation was the one ton flat-bed truck that Nancy drove for over 200,000 miles before turning over the keys to her helpers in May.
A service will be held at Saint Dunstan's Episcopal Church in Carmel Valley on Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 3:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Nancy's Project, P.O. Box 1, Monterey CA 93940 - so that Nancy's work can continue - or to Nancy's scholarship fund at All Saints School.

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Published in Monterey Herald on Nov. 12, 2013.
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November 19, 2013
Thank you Nancy for everything you did for me and my family. i will never forget when i was a little girl and Christmas time would come and I couldn't wait to see what gifts you had in your truck. You were a blessing to many families.
November 16, 2013
Ms Costello
I remember the day you came to our apt. I must have been about 5 years
old. My parents, my brother and I had just emigrated from Mexico .We
had no furniture whatsoever and you arrived in your white pick up
piled up high. You gave us everything we needed..furniture, clothing
and most of all made us feel welcome in this wonderful country..I'm 40
years old now but yet the memory of you arriving at our home is as
clear as yesterday. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your kindness. I will never forget what you did for me and my family. Our condolences to the Costello Family
Bustamante Family
November 16, 2013
My mom was a widow of 8 children at the age of 35 and since then Nancy was always there to provide us with food and clothing, she was truly a blessing to our family and will be missed greatly. We love you Nancy and I know you are in a better place up in heaven
Leonila Colin Sandoval
November 15, 2013
Ms. Nancy may you rest in peace. you were and Angel in my families eyes. My mom was a single mother of 7 and you provided beds, bedding, food, numerous things but most of all i remember my first pair of skates you gave me. i'm sad to see you gone but happy that you are now resting. God Blessed you with so many years for the beautiful person you were. We Love you Robledo Pichardo Estrada Family
Antonia Pichardo
November 15, 2013
Thank You Nancy for your kindness...my family and friends were recipients of your generosity and have wonderful childhood memories because of it.You certainly put a lot of miles on your trucks which we remember very well and you always had a beautiful smile on your face. thank youa nd RIP
November 13, 2013
Thank you, thank you, thank you Nancy for showing the rest of us how to be much better people.

Blessings to all of Nancy's family. I hope all the sadness that you are experiencing will be replaced with smiles, gratitude, and all the happy memories you have of her as soon as possible.
kathy klawans smith
November 13, 2013
Her love and compassion for people is beyond words of expression. Her leadership will continue to grow with the lives she has touched. So rest now Sweet Nancy you will always be in our hearts!
Ginger Peterson
November 13, 2013
On behalf of the Perez-Avelino family, we thank you for feeding countless souls with your kindness, spirit, friendship and food. Thank you for all you did!
Maria Perez-Avelino
November 13, 2013
I was one of those children that was always looking forward to seeing her. She was always a sweet lady and we knew she would always have something for us. When we saw her truck turn down the dirt road we would all came running she will be missed and so will the joy she would bring to both children and adults alike.
Angie
November 13, 2013
The memory of Nancy's dedication to her community and her love of family will be remembered by legions of people whose lives she touched. To the Costello family, I send my prayers and deepest condolences. I have many fond memories from childhood of your family and love you all.
VIlia Kakis-Gilles
November 12, 2013
It was such a blessing to have Nancy part of our lives for the past 37 years and it was an honor to know her. You will forever be in our hearts???.
Catalina Sandoval and family
November 12, 2013
Bless you dear Nancy...from my early childhood, you were an inspiration to me. Your kindness, conscience, courage and wisdom guide me still.

Healing thoughts for the Costello family also. My love is with you.
Christina Griffith
November 12, 2013
Nancy is an Angel and has a place reserved for her in Heaven. May God grant her the compassion and love she shared in this world.
Jesus Perez
November 12, 2013
She was a true light in the darkness. God bless her.
Liz Rondelle
November 12, 2013
Some of my earliest childhood memories are of Nancy and her small pick-up truck, loaded down with more food than I ever saw in one place. Her presence meant you were blessed. I will always remember what she did for our family and the entire community. We are truly lucky to have been touched by her life's work. God Bless.
Adan Perez
November 12, 2013
I wish there were more people like this lovely lady in our world!
Lynn Duckett
November 12, 2013
I was one of those young children fortunate enough to have been touched by this Angel. Growing up in one of the farm labor camps we would see Nancy's truck coming down the road with food, and even gifts at Christmas. She was truly an Angel on Earth and now she is one in Heaven. God Bless you and your family Miss Nancy.
November 12, 2013
I was fortunate enough to have met Saint Nancy. She was a true leader and made a huge difference in this world. She will be missed.
Veronica Craft
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