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Karen Costello

Karen Costello

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Obituary

Karen Theresa Costello, 60, of Bayville, NJ, passed away suddenly at her home on Wednesday, July 8th, 2020. Karen was born in Newark, NJ, to Robert and Gladys Elsman on November 30, 1959. When she was 12 years old she moved from Irvington to South Toms River, where she graduated from Toms River High School South in 1977. After high school, she attended Ocean County College, where she earned her Associate's degree. Karen met her husband Peter in 1988. In the years that followed, they raised their family, along with many beloved pets, and were married in 1999. Karen was a school bus driver for Central Regional School District for over 20 years. The kids always felt lucky to get her as a bus driver and lovingly referred to her as "The Terminator".

Karen had a wild spirit. She'd cook you dinner and threaten to kick your ass in the same afternoon. She was an amazing cook, and loved baking, especially her famous Christmas cookies, which everybody loved. She loved gardening, sewing, and listening to The Grateful Dead. Karen spent lots of time going on adventures with her husband Peter, and being with her family. She loved drawing, antiques, thrifting, and vinyl. She enjoyed writing in her "quote books", which will always be treasures to us. Cedar Creek was one of her favorite places to be. She always had good tunes playing, a great story to tell, and was truly loved by so many.

Karen is preceded in death by her father Robert Elsman, and brother Robert Elsman, Jr.

Karen is survived by her husband Peter Costello, her children Kaitlin Loftus, Matthew Costello and wife Kate, and Kristopher Costello. She is also survived by stepchildren Teena Pomeroy, Jennifer Christ, Peter Costello, Rodney Gilmore and their families . She will also be greatly missed by her siblings, Geraldine Fawcett and husband Raymond, Barbara Kobberger and husband Ralph, James Elsman and wife Jenny, and especially by her 102 year old mother Gladys Elsman. She is survived by her in-laws Jerry Moore, Stephen Costello and wife Kellee, Kenny Costello, Kate Carrera and husband Dennis. She will always be Nannie to her grandchildren Tearsa, Tyler, Riley, Kali, and twins Cameron and Dylan. She will be forever remembered by her many nieces, nephews and friends who loved her dearly.

Viewing will be held on Monday, July 13, 2020 from 2pm - 4pm at Mastapeter Memorial Home, 270 Atlantic City Blvd, Bayville, NJ 08721. Services will be held at 3:30pm in the funeral home.

*Due to the current restrictions only 25 people will be allowed inside.

A celebration of Karen's life will be held immediately following the services at the Costello home, 10 Woodland Road Bayville, NJ. All are welcome.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, July 13th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Monday, July 13th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Mastapeter Memorial Home (Bayville)
    Address
    270 Atlantic City Blvd.
    BAYVILLE, NJ 08721
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  • Service

    Monday, July 13th, 2020 | 3:30pm
    When
    Monday, July 13th, 2020 3:30pm
    Location
    Mastapeter Memorial Home (Bayville)
    Address
    270 Atlantic City Blvd.
    BAYVILLE, NJ 08721
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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