|Paul Michael "Mike" Costello died on Monday, June 7, 2010 at 12:12 p.m. at Seminary Manor in Galesburg, IL.
He was born on October 11, 1918 in Monmouth, IL, the son of Miles "Ted" and Gertrude Collins Costello. The last of his family, his four siblings were John Myles Costello, Rosemary Costello Paulson, Joseph Collins Costello, and Gertrude Alanna Costello.
His family moved to the Collins farm in Roseville Township when he was nine months old and continued to live there until Mike was nine years of age when they relocated to Fort Madison, IA. He attended St. Joseph's Catholic Elementary and High Schools in Fort Madison, IA. After graduation he was employed at the Montgomery Ward Ajax Fence Factory and then accepted a position with the Quartermaster Corps in the War Department in Washington, D.C.
At the outbreak of WW II he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserves where he honorably served his country from January, 1942 until he was discharged on September 23, 1945. He trained at the U.S. Naval Station in San Francisco in gunnery and the Morse code and was sent to the New Hebrides Islands (now Republic of Vanuatu) in the South Pacific. He served as Aviation Radioman and Gunner in an SBD Douglas Dive Bomber in Squadron VS-58 providing air cover for U.S. ships. Returning stateside, he was assigned as an Airborne Radar Instructor at Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Jacksonville, FL from September, 1944 until September, 1945. He was awarded the Navy Good Conduct Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and the WW II Victory Medal.
He married Jeanette Martha Boeding in St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in West Point, IA on April 25, 1945. After WW II, Mike worked briefly for the Santa Fe Railroad in Ft. Madison, IA prior to moving to Warren County, IL where he farmed in Roseville and Lenox Townships. Prior to his 1980 retirement, he worked 12 years in the Maintenance Department of Gates Rubber Company in Galesburg, IL.
Their five children are: Mark Joseph Costello, Eugene, OR; Charlyn Mary (Dean, deceased) Canada, Vail, CO; Agnes Kathleen (Michael) Chandler, Basalt, CO; Daniel John (Kimberley) Costello, Windermere, FL; and Patrick Lee (Debra) Costello, Williamsburg, VA. Their eight grandchildren are: Collins Mary Canada, Vashti Madeline Chandler, Eleanor Marie "Nora" Chandler, Rosemary Celeste Chandler, Michael William Costello, Alanna Nell Costello, Emily Margaret Costello and Joseph Miles Costello, all of whom survive.
Mike was a 63-year member of the American Legion Lawson-Babbitt Post No. 614 of Roseville, IL; a 63-year member of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 1496 of Monmouth, IL and a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, St. Augustine, IL from 1918 to 1927, and again since 1953.
Mike enjoyed his family and friends, traveling, and reading. He was always happiest when he was doing things for others, and his ready Irish wit endeared him to many.
The Rosary will be recited at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 11, followed by visitation at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Corman Memorial Home in Roseville, IL.
Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted by Msgr. Richard A. Pricco at St. Augustine Catholic Church, St. Augustine, IL on Saturday, June 12 at 10:00 a.m., followed by burial the St. Augustine Catholic Cemetery, with military honors accorded by Lawson Babbitt American Legion post 614, in St. Augustine Catholic Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at the American Legion Post in Roseville, IL.
Memorials: Mass offerings; or contributions to the St. Augustine Catholic Church Building Fund, 376 W. Hail, Bushnell, IL 61422; or the American Legion Babbitt-Lawson Post No. 614 in Roseville, IL 61473. Corman Memorial Home in Roseville is in charge of arrangements, please sign the online guestbook at www.cormanmh.com.