January 31, 1929 – September 10, 2019
On January 31, 1929, John Costa was born to his parents Mathew & Frances Costa. He was raised with 9 other siblings in a house full of love.
At a very young age he joined the Air Force where he very proudly served 20 years of service. During the 20 years, while being stationed at Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio, Texas, he met the love of his life an amazing woman named Dora Villarreal. They married in 1954 and enjoyed 63 beautiful years together before she preceded him in death in 2018. They had 4 wonderful children together. Johnny was a wonderful husband, father, son, loving brother, most special uncle, great uncle and grandfather and great-grandfather.
Johnny enjoyed being surrounded by friends and family continuously until his time of death. He took special delight in his culinary skills. Prior to his later years, he took delight in cooking and preparing delicious dishes. He also enjoyed his locksmith occupation after retirement. His goal in life was to make family and friends happy. When he was around family and friends, his smile was infectious and contagious. He would make everyone happy when he smiled and laughed. He will always be remembered for the generous momentos he bestowed on almost every person he ever met (lightup pens, key rings, etc. etc. etc.) In addition to family and friends, he most loved his church. St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church was a priority in his life. He especially took great pride in helping with the food preparation at the annual Greek Funstival every year until he was almost 85 years old. It was an event he looked forward to every year. He was so saddened when he was not well enough to attend the Greek Funstival any longer.
Johnny is survived by his daughters; Sylvia Jane Perez (Raymond Ventura), Frances Costa Flores (Sostenes), Mary Helen Carrisalez (Oscar). He is also survived by his loving Grandchildren; Kathy Gutierrez (Armando), Leanore Costa, Calysta Carrisalez, Mathew Carrisalez. Great Grandchildren; Aaron Costa, Avery Lynn Perez, Devon Gutierrez, Alyssa Gutierrez and Clive Gutierrez. Sister-In-Law: Catherine Whitley, Brother: Daniel Maroudas. Also, several loving and cherished nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years Dora Costa. He is also preceded in death by his beloved sons John Mathew Costa and son Mathew Costa of Belton, Texas. His Grandchildren, Ashley Costa Perez, Nicolas (Nico) Mathew Perez and Cedrych Dionysius (Yanni) Carrisalez. The siblings he adored: Chris, James, Nick, Gus, Mary, William, Helen & Frank.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Heartland Skilled Nursing Facility and Kindred Hospice Facility for taking such excellent care of their father.
At this time, Fran & Helen would also like to extend a huge debt of gratitude to their beloved sister Sylvia Jane for taking such good care of their daddy and their mother during the last years of their lives. You are truly and Angel in disguise.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions in his name be directed to St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, 2504 St. Mary's Street, San Antonio, Texas 78212.
- Visitation Tuesday, September 17, 2019
- Trisagion Prayer Service Tuesday, September 17, 2019
- Funeral Service Wednesday, September 18, 2019
- Committal Service Wednesday, September 18, 2019
September 17, 2019
Richard and Nancy Alarcon
September 17, 2019
WE ARE SO BLESSED TO HAVE YOUR WONDERFUL PARENTS IN OUR LIFE. FIRST AS NEIGHBORS WHEN WE WERE NEWLYWEDS LIVING ACROSS THE STREET FROM US. THEN AS EXTENDED FAMILY THRU THE CARRISALES. YOUR PARENTS WELCOMED ME (Nan) with open arms in 1982 as neighbor. Looking out for me while Ritchie worked out of town THEY WERE SO GENEROUS WITH THEMSELVES AND OTHERS. AND CELEBRATED JANET AND BETOS 50th WEDDING ANV BY CATERING AND SHARING THAT SPECIAL TIME. ALWAYS THERE IF NEEDED. WE MISS YOU BOTH IN CARE AND LOVE. NAN AND RITCHIE ALARCON-Lori,David Raquel Luke Ari and Michael. 💞
September 15, 2019
Beverly Evans Pollman
September 13, 2019
Dearest Jane, Fran and Helen, I have known and loved you and your sweet family for over 35 years. I remember shortly after meeting Fran, she spontaneously invited me to dinner at her parent's home and I asked her are you sure they won't mind? I distinctly remember Frannie's answer. "My parents love company and you can meet my sisters too!" Since then, the mere mention of the Costa family brings to mind family, love, joy, great food, Greek Funstival and St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church. Your parents live on through the countless lives they touched and we are happy they were a part of our life too. Your Dad, like your Mom, will be truly missed. All Our Love, Beverly, Craig and Jennifer Blake Pollman