Phillip Dominic Anthony Costello, 97 of Mt. Carmel passed away on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at Serenity Gardens, Kulpmont.
Born in Mt. Carmel on January 21, 1922 he was a son of the late John and Julia (Urella) Costello.
Phillip was a 1940 graduate of Mt. Carmel High School.
Mr. Costello was a decorated World War II Marine Corps veteran having served from 1942 until 1946 in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. He served in the campaigns of Midway, Guam, Okinawa and China. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and was a Radio Operator and Turret Gunner in SB2C Helldiver Dive Bomber. Prior to his enlistment he served in the Civilian Conservation Corps at Cedar Run Camp from 1940 until 1941.
From 1941 until 1942 he was employed for the Budd Company in Philadelphia. He retired after 36 years from Bethlehem Steel in Sparrows Point, Maryland where he was employed from 1947 until 1983.
He was a member of Divine Redeemer Church, Mt. Carmel. He enjoyed crossword puzzles. Phillip was an avid New York Yankee’s fan. He also enjoyed following the NFL careers’ of his nephew, Henry Hynoski, Sr. with the Cleveland Browns and his great-nephew, Henry Hynoski, Jr. with the New York Giants. He liked to reminisce about Mt. Carmel area and its athletes. Phillip was a raconteur and joke entertainer. He will be remembered for his happy go lucky lifestyle with not a worry in the world and living his motto, “life’s problems will depart the way they arrived.”
Surviving are two brothers, Joseph Costello of Lancaster and Anthony Costello of Pleasanton, California; nieces, nephews and their families.
Preceding him in death in addition to his parents were his wife the former Mary Lea Mahney five sisters, Lena Neary, Antoinette Costello, Theresa Ilg, Mary Costello and Rose Hynoski and two brothers, Samuel and John Costello.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 10:30 am in Divine Redeemer Church, Mt. Carmel with the Rev. Ryan M. Fischer, Pastor as the celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Mt. Carmel Township. There will be no visitation, everyone is invited to the Mass. Joseph J. Stutz, Inc. Funeral Home, 40 S. Market St., Mt. Carmel, Joseph J. Stutz, III Supervisor has been entrusted with the arrangements. To leave a condolence for the family, please sign the guestbook at www.stutzfuneralhome.com.