Lucette Keelty Costa, 85, homemaker and volunteer

August 03, 2005

Lucette Keelty Costa, a homemaker and former board president of the Woman's Industrial Exchange, died of lung disease Sunday at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. She was 85.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Ten Hills, Lucette Keelty was a 1938 graduate of Mount de Sales Academy of the Visitation and studied painting at Georgian Court College in Lakewood, N.J.

Mrs. Costa volunteered for many years at the Johns Hopkins and Union Memorial hospitals, and was board president of the Woman's Industrial Exchange on Charles Street about 40 years ago.

Family members said she persuaded Mayor Thomas J. D'Alesandro Jr. to install a Christmas tree at the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon Place in the 1950s.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Roman Catholic Shrine of the Sacred Heart, Smith and Greely avenues, Mount Washington, where she had been a member.

Survivors include a son, S. Christopher Costa of Lutherville; a daughter, Gale Costa of Baltimore; a brother, Joseph S. Keelty of Baltimore; and two grandchildren. Her husband of 57 years, Ralph E. Costa Sr., died in 1989. Another son, Ralph E. Costa Jr., died in 1997.

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