The Life of Lena Costello

Lena Costello GREENVILLE, N.C. – Lena Costello, 102, died peacefully Monday morning, Jan. 4, 2010, at Greenfield Place. Lena was born April 10, 1907, in Steubenville, the daughter of Belfino and Miranda “Febo” Leone. She was a member of St. Peter’s Church in Greenville and the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic in Niles, where she served on numerous committees and was also a member of the Altar and Rosary Society. She will always be remembered and loved by her family and friends. Her husband, Carmen Costello, whom she married June 7 1924, passed away May 31, 1976. Lena leaves a son, James Costello and his wife, Helen of Sanford, Fla., daughters, Dolly Monos and her husband, Bill of Harrisburg, N.C., Judy Casagranda of Smithfield, Va., daughter and caretaker, Virginia Zeno and her husband, Richard of Greenville; 12 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren. Lena’s greatest joys were found in her family, especially her children and grandchildren. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Tony Leone and James Leone; and two sisters, Margaret Defibo and Mary Constantine. Friends may call Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles with Fr. Larry Frient officiating. Burial will be at Greenhaven Cemetery. A Mass at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Greenville will be celebrated at a later date. Lena’s family thanks St. Peter’s Church and the staff at Greenfield Place for their love and support during the four years she was a resident. Memorial contributions can be made in Lena’s name to St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 2700 East 4th St., Greenville, NC, 27858. Arrangements are being handled by the Joseph Rossi & Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Niles.

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