March 17, 1930 - September 27, 2019
Born in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, Katharine Costea (née Hayes) was a nurse, sister, wife, mother, friend, and volunteer who touched thousands of lives in her nearly 90 years.
She spent her childhood outside Philadelphia, then moved to Ohio, where she received her diploma from the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing.
She met her husband, Alexander B. Costea, in Canton, and she worked as a nurse in Northern Virginia and Charles Town, WV for more than 40 years.
From nurseries to nursing homes, Katharine cared for patients of every age while raising her six children. After retiring, she continued to help others for two more decades. She was an active volunteer at the Jefferson Medical Center in Ranson and at the food pantry for Jefferson County Community Ministries. In 2005, she was honored as a Spirit of the Panhandle recipient, awarded to unsung community heroes who have a history of outstanding volunteer service in Eastern West Virginia. Katharine attended St. James Catholic Church while she lived in Shannondale for 30 years.
She is survived and dearly missed by her sister Mary G. Reardon and her children Pastor Alex Costea (Mary) of Cheyenne, OK, Beth DeCristofaro (Anthony) of Fairfax, VA, Katharine Keske (Dieter) of Fredericksburg, VA, Patrick Costea (Ruth) of Great Falls, MT, and Monica Costea of New York, NY. Eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren also survive Katharine. Her husband Alex and one son, Michael, predeceased her.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks friends to send donations in memory of Katharine to Jefferson County Community Ministries (www.jccm.us, 238 W Washington St, Charles Town, WV 25414) where she was a long-time volunteer in the food pantry.