Fairlawn Mortuary

180 Washington Street, Fairhaven, MA


Joan Costa

21 March, 194511 January, 2020

Joan (Winters) Costa, 74, of Fairhaven, passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at St. Luke’s Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer. She was the loving wife of Frank J. Costa, III.

Born in Marion, MA, daughter of the late Louis and Clara (Dexter) Winters, she had resided in Fairhaven for over 40 years.

Mrs. Costa had worked at Frionor for 22 years.

Joan was very talented at crocheting and knitting, specifically hats, scarves and blankets and was always willing to learn new techniques. She enjoyed gardening and cherished family gatherings. She was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.

Surviving in addition to her husband Frank is a brother-in-law, Paul Costa of Plymouth; her dear friend, Patricia Sylvia of Fairhaven; surrogate daughters, Mary Foster of Falmouth and Susie Guess of Maine; and extended family members.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with a Funeral Service at 12 p.m. in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Fairlawn, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven. Burial will follow at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. For online tributes, please visit: www.waring-sullivan.com


  • Visiting Hours Thursday, 23 January , 2020
  • Funeral Service Thursday, 23 January , 2020
  • Burial Thursday, 23 January , 2020


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Mary L. Foster

January 17, 2020

Joan Costa was my surrogate mother. I met her when I was a little girl. My Mom died when I was 9 years old and Joan became the woman who taught me how to cook, clean, iron and helped me become the woman I am today. She came to my High School Graduation and my Wedding. She was a Grandmother to my Children. I love her with all my heart. Love Always one of your girls. Mary L. Foster