Cornelius John Costello, 87

February 25, 2009

AUG. 14, 1921-FEB. 23, 2009

Cornelius John Costello, 87, of 310 Cameo Drive, Hagerstown, Md., and formerly of Woodlands North, Hagerstown, passed away Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, at Autumn Assisted Living, Hagerstown.

Born Sunday, Aug. 14, 1921, in Knoxville, Tenn., he was the son of the late Michael Costello and Elizabeth Smith Costello Roberts.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Heinz Costello, in 1994.

He was the owner and operator of Shenandoah Masonry and Potomac Masonry, retiring in 1996 after 60 years.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army.

He was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Morris Frock American Legion Post 42, and many years ago a member of the Lions Club in Cumberland, Md.


He is survived by two daughters, Rita Costello and husband, Joe Hickey, of Monkton, Md., and Alice Martin and husband, Thomas Martin, of Hagerstown; four sons, Cornelius John Costello II and wife, Janet Braidwood Costello, of Front Royal, Va., Michael Costello and wife, Carol Chaney Costello, of Dover, Del., Stephen Costello and wife, Carol, of Hagerstown and Peter Costello of Front Royal; one sister, Virginia Diacont of Richmond, Va.; one brother, Charles Michael Costello of Pinehurst, N.C.; nine grandchildren, Cam Costello, Molly Costello, Ashley Costello, Lindsay Costello, Erin Costello, Lauren Costello, Kathleen Costello, Colleen Costello and Carrye Hickey; and two great-grandchildren, June Pratt and Gabriel Cash.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Michael Costello, Richard Costello and Leo Costello, and half brother Eugene Roberts.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009, at 10 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church, 1525 Oak Hill Ave., Hagerstown, with the Rev. C. Douglas Kenney as celebrant.

Family will receive friends at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25.

Interment will be held Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, at noon at St. Mary's Cemetery, Cumberland, Md.

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