OBITUARY

Gina Costanzo

February 9, 1954January 31, 2019
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Mary Jean “Gina” Costanzo, 64, of Croton-on-Hudson, NY peacefully passed away on Thursday evening, January 31, 2019. Gina was born to Nicola D. and Maria Giovanna Malizia Spedaliere on February 9, 1954 in Port Chester, NY. After completing her fundamental and formative studies locally at Holy Rosary School, Gina attended Academy of the Resurrection High School in Rye, NY where she continued to be nurtured both academically and spiritually. After graduation, Gina always remained a proud and loyal “Rexy Girl”; and she went on from there to attend Iona College graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1976. On May 9, 1981, Gina married the sole true love of her life, Joseph Costanzo, a fellow Iona student, at Holy Rosary Church in Port Chester. In her distinguished and dedicated professional career, Gina served as a Senior Vice President at BC International Group. In her adopted hometown of Croton-on- Hudson, Gina was a devout member of the Holy Name of Mary Church family. She faithfully and tirelessly served as a lector and Eucharistic minister. In addition, Gina was a vital member of the ACTS Ministry. Her work with the Ministry however was not just an act. It was her way of life. Gina was always striving to assist all those in need while steadfastly spreading the teachings of Jesus, the Apostles and the Christian way. This she accomplished in a most exemplary manner through infinite kindness, genuine compassion and her undying love of God and people. In what little free time she had at home, Gina loved to read and cook. (Yes! Luckily for all of us that she loved to cook!) And she also enjoyed traveling. Her favorite destination was Martha’s Vineyard where she enjoyed many idyllic and invigorating visits in the loving company of her devoted husband Joe. In essence, Gina will be remembered as a gentle, compassionate, indefatigable servant to one and all. Her radiant affectionate aura bestowed blessings of joy and love on all those fortunate enough to know her. In her brief life among us, Gina was universally loved; and now, in her celestial repose, she will be eternally missed. Gina is survived by her beloved husband of 37 years, Joseph Costanzo; by her brother Joseph Spedaliere and his wife Marina; and by her sister Anna Marcin and her husband George. Gina is also survived by her zia Teresa Campanelli; by her sister-in-law Maria Carollo and her husband Charlie; and her sister-in-law Nancy Costanzo. In addition, Gina’s passing will be deeply felt by her nieces and nephews: Natalie, Veronica, Nicholas, Mark, Matthew and Andrew whom she loved so much. Visitation will be held on Monday, February 4th, 2019 from 6-9 pm and on Tuesday, February 5th from 2-4 and 6-9 pm at Holy Name of Mary Church, 110 Grand St., Croton-on-Hudson, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10am on Wednesday, February 6th also at Holy Name of Mary Church with burial to follow at St. Augustine Cemetery, Ossining, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Gina’s honor to Calvary Hospital, www.calvaryhospital.org/ways-to-give/ or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, www.stjude.org

Services

  • Visitation Monday, February 4, 2019
  • Visitation Tuesday, February 5, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, February 6, 2019
  • Burial Following Funeral Mass Wednesday, February 6, 2019
REMEMBERING

Gina Costanzo

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Donna Gray

February 9, 2019

Dearest Joe and Family
I can hardly put into words about the loss of our beloved Gina. She was an angel on earth and now one in heaven . I will always remember that beautiful smile and that sparkle in her eyes. No matter how busy or what was going on in her life, she always made time to listen. She always made me feel loved and part of her family. She even hung pictures of my baby grandchildren and smiled at my stories about them as if they were her own. I always felt good after speaking with her. Some people are sent by God to make an indelible mark on our lives and Gina was that person. I will always remember her with love in my heart and her presence will always remain with me and all the lives she has touched. I feel so blessed to have known and loved her. God Bless you Joe. You have the most beautiful guardian angel to watch over you. She will always be in my heart and will never be forgotten.
Donna Gray

Anna Marcin

February 9, 2019

Happy Heavenly Birthday Dear Gina,
What a celebration there must be in heaven today.!You are BLESSED to be celebrating your birthday together with Mommy and Daddy, all of our family and friends and a billion or two you befriended along the way to heaven. We miss you too much, but today we will also be celebrating your birthday together with Joe and our family reminiscing your beautiful life and beautiful spirit. GOD has a plan for you from above. I feel so blessed that you are watching over me and our family. ALWAYS, guide us and put in a good word for us to the ALMIGHTY GOD. BLESS YOU MY DEAR SISTER AND BEST FRIEND. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU IN HEAVEN. We LOVE YOU!,!!..Miss YOU..REST IN ETERNAL LIFE. CIAO BELLA SORELLA,ANNA AND THE FAMILY.

Dorothea Colangelo

February 8, 2019

Gina's 65th birthday is tomorrow. I want to wish her a very happy glorious birthday in the arms of our Lord and savior. we always shared our birthdays and I remember having parties at her house for such an occasion. these are one of the happiest memories with her for me. Her parents enjoyed every moment with their children and were very proud of her and her brother and sister. I will always be their friend and Gina will always be in my memory book of love , faith, ,charity, .May we all learn from her as she was a living saint . love you always Gina. and happy birthday. 2/9/2019.

Manny Papazoglou

February 7, 2019

I feel honored and blessed for meeting and having and being a friend for over 20 years with Gina. The most loving, caring person( angel/saint) that I have ever met in my life. Five years ago I lost my older sister and now I lost you too. We may not be blood related but you are my sister too. I love you my harmonious Queen. It was my joy to work and share my life with you and so lucky to have you into my life. Rest In Piece our Gina

Gita Shaffer

February 7, 2019

Dear Joe,

My heart goes out to you and Gina's extended family. There is nothing I can say that has not been shared by so many. We are all so lucky to have had the privilege of having Gina in our lives. She was a true Saint on earth. I will never forget her beautiful smile and that sweet giggle.

Gina's memory will be with us all forever
Gita

Jennifer Soranno

February 7, 2019

Gina was a one of a kind woman who truly touched and changed everyone she met. I will always remember her angelic voice saying “good morning bella”. No matter how busy she was or what she had going on in her life, she ALWAYS made time to stop and chat with everyone and ask them how they were doing. The most selfless, genuine, kind, gentle soul you could ever meet. Never speaking an unkind word about anyone. A real live walking saint in so many ways. It always amazed me how in the world she managed to remember everything in everyone’s lives, always acknowledging and celebrating everyone. She was the sunshine in our office every morning and although she will no longer be there to greet us in the physical, her beaming rays of joy and light will forever shine down on us from above. It’s a pleasure and an honor to have worked with her over the years and to call her a friend. Just as she celebrated all of us, we will continue celebrating her life and all that she was to us. Sending all of my love and support to Joe and Gina’s family.

EVELYN GRAFAS

February 6, 2019

Dearest Joe & Family:
So many beautiful memories have been shared about Gina. Somehow, we all feel the same. Her smile that came through the phone! Her incredible work ethic to solve any problem. Remembering our birthdays, sending us her love and good wishes. She is still alive to me and will always be. As the song said, she is now home with family and the angels. So surely we all know she was one.
May her memory be eternal and peace to all who will miss her.

In Loving Memory

Evie

Vincent Covelli

February 6, 2019

Joe and family,
We are very sorry for your loss. Gina was a truly remarkable person and special friend to Marie. She will be missed greatly.

Love,
Vincent & Asefeh Covelli
Pasadena, CA

Debbie Sweeney

February 6, 2019

Dear Joe and family,
I am so very sad to hear the devastating news of Gina’s passing . She was no doubt the kindest , selfless and inspirational woman I have ever had the privilege to work with . A true Saint , always putting everyone else’s needs before her own . Although I had not spoken with her for some time , I only wish I could have said these words to her personally . Rest In Peace sweet Angel Gina . I will never forget you .
Sincere condolences and love ,
Debbie Lehmann Sweeney

Cindy Celestino

February 6, 2019

Dear Anna & family,
We are so saddened by Gina’s passing. It was a few years ago when we reconnected at Knights of Columbus award dinner & those memories are ever so dear.
We will always remember you & Gina as our beautiful “twin” neighbors on top of Rockland Avenue. Gina was kind, loving, gracious, funny. May god bless you, Joe & your family. Her spirit will live among the stars in heaven.
All our love, Barbara, Kathy, Cindy & Stacy Celestino

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