Joan D. Costello

October 22, 1933June 15, 2013

Joan D. Costello, nee Zappendorf, age 79. Beloved wife and best friend of the late Edward J. Loving mother of Michael of Muncie, IN and Kelly (Ray) Billock of Wadsworth, IL. Devoted grandmother of Matt (Kiley), Mark, Jen (Kyle) Young, Michelle (Brad) Costello-Clark and Edward. Great grandmother of Luella and Connor Billock. Dear sister of Joyce (Ray) Erickson and the late Ronald (the late Bernadette) Zappendorf and Robert (the late Marian) Zappendorf. Dear daughter of the late Arthur C. and Dorothy M. Zappendorf. Fond aunt of many nieces and nephews. Retired employee of Illinois State’s Attorney General’s Office Dept. of Revenue & Litigation. Joan was actively involved in the 23rd Ward Republican Party serving as 23rd Ward Committeewoman and was an elected delegate for 2 Republican National Conventions. She also attended the 1968 Presidential Inaugural Celebration. Former columnist for the Southwest News Herald and the Clear-Ridge Reporter. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Prentice Women’s Hospital would be appreciated. Greeting of Friends, Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 2:00 PM until time of Memorial Service at 3:30 PM. at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 4727 W. 103rd St., Oak Lawn, IL. Interment private. Info 708-636-1193 or


  • Gathering of Friends Saturday, June 22, 2013
  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 22, 2013

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Jessica Andrews

June 22, 2013

We always had such wonderful times together with Nina, Buddy, and the whole family. All of you treated us as family and we thank you for letting us be a part of it. Words cannot express how sorry we are for the loss of this very wonderful lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Much Love,
Fran, Julia, Jessie, Jimmy, and Megan.

Judy Deloy

June 22, 2013

My prayers are with you and your family at this time. Hope great memories will occupy the hole this death leaves in your hearts.

seanie zappendorf

June 21, 2013

Ron has always talked about so many great times at Aunt Joanie's farm. She will be sorely missed. love, Ron, Seanie, Jack and Max Zappendorf

Alvera Bell

June 20, 2013

Kelly, Ray, and family,
You have our prayers and love during your time of sorrow. Your Mother was a great and dynamic lady full of a zest for life. She will always be close to your hearts. Blessings, David and Alvera

Nicole Tascher

June 19, 2013

Such an inspiration to my formative years when I didn't have my own grandmother. I will never forget your jokes or your laughter. I thank you for your recipes and weekends at the farm. By far the coolest, classiest and inspirational women. Thank you for allowing me in the "Nina" club. Love always, Nikky.

Karen Fryzek

June 18, 2013

Contagious laughter, an amazing positive attitude and an inspiration to us all. You are forever in our hearts.

pat gerke

June 18, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Art Erickson and family Erickson

June 18, 2013

We love abd miss you

Karen Honings

June 18, 2013

Dear Auntie Jo you were (and still are) loved by so many. it was a true honor to call you my Aunt. You will always be in our hearts and in our memories ... When I think about all the good times we shared the earliest one I remember is when we all would gather in at your house at Christmas time and we got to pick ANY ornament fro the Christmas tree that we wanted I still have the ones I picked ... Thank you so much for the many good times on the farm to many to count also thank you for be a Great Aunt to my kids and my brothers kids .... Give Grandma, Grandpa, Uncle Ronny, Uncle Bobby and Uncle Eddie and big hug from all of us..... I love you and will always miss you Karen