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Fr. Edward Costello

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Fr. Edward Costello, OFM CONV., passed away peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Emmanuel Center, Danville, after a brief illness.

He was born Sept. 25, 1934, in Mahanoy City, a son of the late Edward M. and Anne (Becker) Costello.

In addition to his Franciscan confreres, he leaves his devoted siblings, Mrs. Barbara Calvert (wife of the late Daniel Calvert), Mrs. Catherine Emberger (and husband Robert), Mr. Thomas Costello (and wife Maureen), Mrs. Elizabeth Satanick (and husband Jack), Mrs. Mary Louise Lazenka (and husband Frank), and Mrs. Patricia Costello (wife of his late brother Joseph Costello). He is also survived by seven nieces and nephews and seven grand-nieces and -nephews.

Friar Edward entered the Franciscan Friars Conventual Novitiate in Middleburgh, N.Y. in 1954, professed temporary vows August 16, 1954, and professed his solemn vows Sept. 27, 1958. He was ordained to the priesthood May 27, 1961, in Albany, N.Y. Besides attending St. Anthony-on-Hudson, Rensselaer, N.Y., receiving an M.Div. in 1961, in 1964 he earned an M.A. from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., in classical studies.

The first assignment after Ordination for Fr. Edward was at Canevin High School, Pittsburgh, where he taught from 1961 to 1973. Fr. Ed then joined the staff of St. Hyacinth College and Seminary, Granby, Mass., from 1973 to 1976, where he served as formation director and as a professor. Enjoying a short two-year assignment from 1976 to 1978, at St. Mary Parish, Nassau, N.Y., he was named assistant pastor of St. Francis Parish, Hoboken, N.J., for one year and then as assistant pastor to St. Peter Church, Riverside, N.J., where he remained from 1979 to 1984. Fr. Ed's gentle demeanor really found its place when he began working as a hospital and nursing home chaplain in Our Lady of Hope Residence, Latham, N.Y., where he ministered from 1984 to 1996. Moving from there, he continued in Chaplain Ministry at McAuley Hall at Mount Saint Mary Academy, Watchung, N.J. He endeared himself to Little Sisters of the Poor as well as Sisters of Mercy in his chaplaincy assignments. Fr. Ed accepted a new assignment to St. Peter Friary, Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., where he served as assistant pastor until 2007. Accepting a reassignment and more limited ministry, Fr. Ed moved into St. Francis Friary, Staten Island, N.Y., where he served as chaplain at Staten lsland's Seaview Hospital for seven years. In 2014, Fr. Ed eagerly accepted his transfer to Mother Cabrini Friary, Shamokin, which brought him closer to his dear family and friends of Mahanoy City as well as to his native "Coal Region."

This gentle friar will be fondly remembered for his long compassionate pastoral ministry fed by his love of God, his intellectual curiosity, his love of art, music and gardening. He was one of those rare connoisseurs who enjoyed Christmas fruitcake. Fr. Ed was proud of his Franciscan, Irish and "Coal Cracker" identities.

Fr. Edward Costello will lie in state from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at Mother Cabrini Church, 214 N. Shamokin St., Shamokin, PA 17872, with a Franciscan Wake Service at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Mother Cabrini Church. Interment will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24, in the family plot in St. Fidelis Cemetery, Mahanoy Township. Memorial Donations may be made in his memory to either the Franciscan Education Burse,12300 Folly Quarter Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042 or Mother Cabrini Parish, Shamokin. Leonard J. Lucas Jr., supervisor, Leonard J. Lucas Funeral Home Ltd.,120 S. Market St., Shamokin, is assisting with the arrangements.

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