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Mrs. Janice (Callahan) Costello

May 26, 1934October 1, 2021

Janice C. Costello 1934-2021

SCARBOROUGH – Janice Callahan Costello, 87, of Scarborough, formerly of Pine Point and Lewiston, passed away peacefully on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021 at Piper Shores Assisted Living surrounded by her loving family. Janice was born on May 26, 1934 in Lewiston, daughter of James Forrest and Mary O’Brien Callahan.

Janice attended Lewiston High School and graduated from Lesley College in 1956 with a degree in elementary education. She went on to teach 2nd and 4th grades at Farwell Elementary School in Lewiston.

On July 12, 1958, Janice married James R. Costello. Together they enjoyed 57 years of marriage and raised five children. Janice also had eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Although Janice never worked at the Sun Journal in an official capacity, she played a vital, supporting role in the functioning and health of the family business.

During her lifetime, Janice was an active community volunteer. She was a member of the Patronesses of St. Mary’s Hospital and the Woman’s Hospital Association at Central Maine Medical Center, as well as the Lewiston-Auburn College Club. Her favorite volunteer activities centered around her children. She enjoyed spending time at Pettingill Elementary School as a library and classroom volunteer. Janice was also a parishioner at St. Joseph’s Church in Lewiston and St. Maximilian Kolbe Church in Scarborough.

Janice was graceful and strong, peppered with a dry sense of humor. She was the consummate hostess who loved to entertain and host large family gatherings. Her cooking was so well-liked that her children often stopped by the day after a party to eat leftovers. Janice’s lasagna and baked stuffed lobsters were frequently requested by friends and family alike.

Janice’s gifts also included her flair for decorating and fashion. She enjoyed skiing, tennis, sailing, golf, and playing card games with her family and friends. Janice was devoted to her family and supported them in all their activities. She cherished being a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and will be greatly missed.

Janice is survived by her five children, Catherine Snook and her husband Edward, of Auburn, James Jr. and his wife Debra, of North Palm Beach, Fla., Stephen and his wife Mary Ellen, of Lewiston, David and his wife Carie, of Falmouth, and Maureen Wedge and her husband David, of Westbrook; eight grandchildren, Edward “Ted” Snook Jr. and his wife Kate, Meghan Snook Gaetani and her husband Ben, and Anna Snook, Kevin, Stephanie, and Courtney Costello, and Caitlin and David Costello; two great-grandchildren, Callahan Snook and Nora Gaetani; one sister, Barbara Masselli; and many nieces and nephews.

Janice was predeceased by her loving husband, Jim; her parents; and her two brothers, Thomas and William Callahan.

The Costello family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation for the care and compassion Janice received from the dedicated staff at Piper Shores Assisted Living and Hospice of Southern Maine. Janice’s family is very grateful for their kindness, concern, and support. The family would also like to thank Dr. William Lee for his years of wonderful medical care, and more recently Dr. John Reynolds.

Services will be private due to the pandemic.

You are invited to share your thoughts, condolences, and fond memories with the Costello family by visiting their guest book at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Janice’s memory at,, or to the charity of your choice


  • Per the family, services will be private.

    Thursday, October 7, 2021


Mrs. Janice (Callahan) Costello

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Deborah Murphy

October 14, 2021

My deepest sympathies to the Costello families on the loss of your beloved Mom. My prayers are with you all.

Tom Raymond

October 13, 2021

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. She was a lovely lady who was one of the kindest people I have ever known. I treasure the memories of playing at Pine Point and ski trips when we were kids. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Tom & Theresa Raymond

Patricia MacLeod

October 12, 2021

My deepest sympathy for your loss

Dan and celeste Chasse

October 5, 2021

Sending our love and prayers during this difficult time. Our deepest sympathies to the family.

Jackie Driscoll

October 4, 2021

To All of Jan and Jim’s children,

As a next door neighbor of your parents in Naples for decades , I always felt I was next door to my own family. Your mother and father were so special to me in so many ways particularly after the loss of my husband Leo.

I always cherished, and never took for granted, the incredible people I lived next door to.

Both your mother and father will live in my heart forever. They were my “winter” aunt and uncle”.

I know you will cherish their memory as we all are a product of the environment in which we were raised . You like me, the second of 7 children, feel so blessed for the sacrifices our parents made . Well done Jan and Jim! Rest In Peace together.

Prayers to all of you for strength in the difficult days ahead,


Rachel Desgrosseilliers

October 4, 2021

It was with sadness that I read about losing Mrs. Costello, another icon of a special generation. I always thought of her as a very gracious lady, friendly and open to everyone she met.

My husband Harvey and I both had several opportunities to interact with both Mr. & Mrs. Costello and each time we knew we had shared special moments about not only our lives but our love for our community. After both losing our husbands, we shared some deep and special moments that gave each of us a little bit more strength of understanding that calmed the hurt.

I will always remember them as a "power couple" and keep her smile and kindness close to my heart.

My deepest of sympathies to all the family. Know that my heart and prayers are with you. Rachel Desgrosseilliers

Cheryl Gallant

October 3, 2021

Cathy and Maureen-I’m so sorry for your loss. Although I didn’t know your mom, I did enjoy seeing you both during your regular visits to Piper Shores. My deepest sympathies to you both and your family.

Ralph Precopio Jr

October 3, 2021

Dear Costello families,
My deepest condolences for the loss of your mom. You are in our prayers .
Ralph Precopio Jr

(Rev.) John Davis

October 3, 2021

My sympathy to Janice's family on their great loss. I knew the Callahan family well: our mothers were friends, I was a classmate of Bill and Tom at St. Patrick's & Lewiston High, and knew Janice and Barbara. My prayers go out to the family at this difficult time, and I will remember Janice in special prayer at my Mass this morning.

Sally Tartre

October 3, 2021

Mrs Costello was my second mom. I spent more time at the Costello house than my house. Jan jan was always so kind and welcoming. I felt like I was part of the family.
I feel honored to have spent so much time with this beautiful family. I cherish these memories to this day.
Thinking of all of you and sending my love. She was one of a kind.
Sally Roux. Tartre❤️❤️❤️