Michelle Marie Costanza

June 9, 1970September 30, 2021

Michelle Marie Costanza, age 51, of Fort Wayne, Indiana passed away on Thursday, September 30, 2021. Michelle earned her Masters degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and worked in telecommunications for 26 years, at what was initially GTE which changed to Verizon, which then changed to Frontier. For anyone that knew Michelle, she was more than just a mom to her own two children but acted as a surrogate mother for many of her children’s friends who Michelle then considered family. Fun fact: Michelle and Don were high-school sweethearts, and at age 13 Don told Michelle he wanted to marry her. They broke up yet got together a few years later and were together ever since. Michelle became an exceptional chef (self-taught) and her invitations to a Thanksgiving or random evening dinner were excitedly anticipated by everyone. In addition to her passion for preparing elaborate meals for others, she was obsessed with horses and was an accomplished rider. Michelle enjoyed traveling the globe with her husband and, when suitable, dogs Reece and Murphy. Michelle also enjoyed reading, going to the shooting range with her husband, watching Food Network, and playing video games with friends. Michelle frequently donated items to local hospitals. as well as worked to get shelter animals adopted as part of her love for the 4-legged furry friends. She is survived by her husband, Don Costanza; two incredible daughters, Courtney (Andrew) Graham and Ashley Costanza; parents Dave and Diane Thompson; sister, Theresa Gnass; brother; David Michael Thompson; and beloved 4-legged family members, Valor, Reece, and Murphy. As a Celebration of Life has already taken place, the family invites you to continue sharing your best memories of Michelle through social media, e-mail, text messages, etc. Memorial Contributions may be directed to the Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus at

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Xenia Mountrouidou

October 15, 2021

Michelle and I shared a passion for reading and cooking. Her saying "deeeelicious" still sounds in my ears. I had just started "the Eye of the World" that she had recommended. Every time I read this book (all the 15 books of the series!) and any fantasy book, I will remember her. I will miss our animated conversations.

Bobby Franklin

October 15, 2021

Michelle was an amazing person. Whenever we make a special dinner we both here her saying DEEEEEELICIOUS, as only she could say it. We will miss her terribly.

Don Costanza

October 14, 2021

From the day when we were 13 years old an I told you I wanted to marry you...I absolutely knew there was something different about you. As such, you made my life complete when we got back together a few years later and were together ever since. I truly realize what an actual "soul mate" is as you were absolutely mine...and I am crushed without you.

You made so many sacrifices for me and my ventures and things were finally starting to align over the last few years. You never were a fan of me spoiling you yet that is what I felt you deserved for dealing with all my crazy ideas over the years. You were ALWAYS there in my corner supporting whatever I wanted to do, regardless of the impact on our were truly an angel. Ashley and I made a dinner the other night and we were struck by some of the most basic stuff we were stumped on...we sure took your exquisite culinary skills for granted. I miss you so much. The house we dreamed about and finally built together is now a shrine. You were truly Amazing...thank you so very much for being an incredible wife and mother. You would be so proud of the kids...I sure am. Your soul mate...I love you so much Michele...Don

Julie Korstick

October 14, 2021

My memories is the love and owning horses and of course this group included Candy Till. Candy has a grear horse property and many of my best memory was being great friends and going everywhere as a group shows, RC in better times, and so many other ways.
I loved Michelle as a sister we shared so many ways as friends. We both had teenage daughters and my Sarah use to go and see if she could help her and Michelle always said yes. I was very grateful.
So much in my heart. Not sure but my favorite imagination is me seeing her wirh all the horses passed on in our riding days. It makes me happy and somehow I think it is true. And when God decides our turn we will be together again!!

Michele Jones

October 13, 2021

My dearest friend you will never be forgotten. Our many shared memories will be carried with me and live on with the many you have touched. Your friend always Michele