Mary Heaps Costello, 85, educator, homemaker

October 11, 2002

Mary Heaps Costello, 85, educator, homemaker

Mary Heaps Costello, a former educator and homemaker, died Monday at Union Memorial Hospital from complications of open-heart surgery. She was 85.

Mrs. Costello, who resided in recent years in Madison, N.J., and earlier at the Dulaney Valley Apartments in Towson, was born Mary Heaps in Cardiff, Harford County.

She received a bachelor's degree in English in 1938 from the University of Maryland in College Park, where she was also the first female editor of The Diamondback, the university's campus newspaper.

She began her teaching career in the late 1930s at Slate Ridge Elementary School in Cardiff. In 1939, she married Peter Eugene Costello Jr., later manager of Federal Tin & Paper Products in South Baltimore, who died in 1982.

The Costellos worked tirelessly throughout their lives to provide their 10 children and many grandchildren with a college education.

"To friends and family, Mary was a remarkable woman who quietly amazed everyone who knew her with an unassuming intelligence, confidence and charm," said Joseph R. Costello, a grandson who lives in Baltimore. "Her ability to master every task she attempted led everyone to consider her an expert on every subject from literature to public affairs, income tax to amusements such as contract bridge, Scrabble and crossword puzzles."

Mrs. Costello was a member of St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, 533 E. Jarrettsville Road, Forest Hill, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

She is survived by three sons, Peter E. Costello III of Rockford, Ill., and Christopher B. Costello and David Costello, both of Baltimore; seven daughters, Mary Martha Costello of Rocks, Patricia Duklewski of Lutherville, Julie Hipley of Baltimore, L. Clare Costello of Richmond, Va., Colleen Sorte of New Bedford, N.Y., and Laura Costello and Therese Ziegler, both of Madison, N.J.; a sister, Nancy Dallam Cantler of Waynesboro, Pa.; 24 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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