March 14, 1929 ~ February 25, 2017
Mary “Maxine” Costello, age 87, of New Hampton, IA, was called to her heavenly home by her Savior on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton surrounded by family members. Funeral services for Maxine will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Jerico Lutheran Church in Jerico with Reverend Peter Faugstad officiating. Burial will be held at Jerico Lutheran Cemetery in Jerico. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 PM on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton and will continue at the church one hour prior to the funeral services on Wednesday. Online condolences for Maxine’s family may be left at www.conway-markhamfh.com. Memorials may be directed to the family. Maxine was born March 14, 1929 in Fredericksburg, Dresden Township, Iowa to Peter and Velta (Snider) Carpenter. She was the second child of nine. Maxine was a graduate of Fredericksburg High School and Iowa State Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She taught rural school for three years near Republic Township, Iowa. On March 14, 1948, Maxine was united in marriage to John D. Costello at First Baptist Church in Fredericksburg, Iowa. The couple farmed near Republic until December of 1951 when they purchased the family farm north of Jerico. Here, Maxine and John raised their children, sharing all of the duties of being a farm family. They also sold Pioneer hybrid seed corn. Upon their retirement in 1982, they moved to New Hampton. Maxine was active in Jerico Ladies Aid, Bethany Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, a charter member of County-Liners Women’s Group, and Diligent Daughters 4H Club leader. She loved her church family, gardening, canning and freezing, cooking for family, working outside, traveling and having coffee with her Florida friends and Homestead neighbors. Maxine enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Maxine is survived by her children, James D. Costello of Elma, Iowa, John F. (Cynthia) Costello of Zimmerman, MN, Mary (Roland) Natvig of Deer River, MN, Gregory W. (Janet) Costello of North Mankato, MN and Gene A. (Lisa) Costello of Calmar, Iowa; her grandchildren, Kari Schmitz, Kirstin (Chris) Kasa, Nichole (Jess) Ellingson, Peter (Kelly) Costello, Jeremy (Rachel) Costello, Jarett Costello, Jason (Hallie) Costello, Jessica Costello, and John C. Costello; 19 great-grandchildren; sister, Blanche Michener of Eagle Grove, Iowa and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John D. Costello in 2005 and several siblings.
Our sympathy and prayers to the family of Maxine. I enjoyee visiting with her at NHNursing & Rehab. She will be missed by many. May she rest in peace.
Gene, Lisa, and Jim, you will be in our prayers as you walk through this. I loved reading your mom’s story.
Todd and Heather Pedlar
My Sympathy to Maxine’s family..many years ago, when she was in high school, she helped my mom when I was a baby. I am now 72. My parents always talked very highly about her. They helped her and she helped them. My parents were Lyle and Marjorie Mattke living on a farm near Fredericksburg.
My thoughts and prayers to the family of Maxine. She was an amazing woman and will be missed by family and friends. May God hold her in his arms.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!! Maxine was like a grandma to my sons Jason & Eric. Such a beautiful woman inside and out. Blessings
Thoughts and prayers are with the family. We had some great times with the Costello and Fitzgerald families on many occasions. Great memories.
Thoughts and prayers to the Costello family.
We are so sorry to hear about Maxine. She was a wonderful woman. We have so many good memories of her. She was always so kind, loving, and caring to us. We really enjoyed the visits we had with her. I remember as a young girl, we made many visits to their farm and then when they moved, we went down to their house in New Hampton. I also remember that when I was a little girl, I looked forward to Easter, because that’s when the Costello’s got together for our family reunion. She’s really going to be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Lisa, Daryl, Alyssa and Brandon Sobolik
Your family was soooo very blessed to have Maxine as their mother, grandmother. She was one of the nicest lady’s that I have met in my life.. We often met at wrestling meets years ago because we both had son’s that wrestled each other and our husbands both sold Pioneer Seed. It has been a number of years since I spent time with her but I still thought of her now and then. Since we are in Phoenix for the winter, we are unable to attend her service but prayers and sympathy go to her family and friends that she leaves behind. God’s comfort. Again, sympathy
Jim, Mary, Lisa and all the Costello family, we send our sympathy to you all. We are in Florida so will not be able to attend your Mother’s services but know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Her smile and kindness will be greatly missed, she will always be in your hearts ❤
Max was a wonderful woman that I had the chance to care for in the nursing home. She was like a grandma to me and would always ask me how my family was doing. From my husband and children to my mother after we found out she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. I loved her very much and she will be greatly missed
Maxine touched many lives with her kind, generous heart over the years. We became friends through Mercy’s Silver Advantage club when she traveled on bus trips. Always, she had a bright smile, a friendly comment and a sincere concern for others. She will be missed! My deepest sympathy to her family.
Maxine was a joy to know. She was a regular worshiper with us at the chapel services at the nursing home. Maxine had a gentle and kind heart and soul. I will certainly miss our times together.
My condolences to Maxine family. We all will miss her…
My deepest sympathy to the Costello family. Maxine was a awesome Mother, friend and had the kindest soul. Maxine you will be missed by all that knew you.
Sincerely Mike Fitzgerald
My thoughts and prayers for your loss. A good heart stopped beating, a loving soul ascended into heaven. Very fond memories of caring for Maxine at the care center.
Our sympathy to the Costello family. She was a ‘gem’. Always remembering to ask about our boys. She will be greatly missed.
Sending prayers to the Costello family. Maxine was a kind and gentle soul and will be missed by all those who loved her. Keeping you in my thoughts.
Thanks Mike, it has been sometime since we have seen you!
You have our sympathy
Condolences from a great, great niece (Katie Hartman Eastvold–my dad is Jack Hartman and grandma is Wilma Hartman). Maxine’s picture captures her smile beautifully. I will always remember Maxine and John at graduations, weddings, family reunions and the look on my Great Grandma Bessie’s face as they greeted each other. Maxine’s smile and kindness will be missed. Katie (Hartman) Eastvold
I’m saddened to read of your loss. Losing someone you love is never easy. May God provide you the strength needed now and also in the days ahead. (Isaiah 12:2)
Jim, John, Mary, Greg, Gene, and families, We want to extend our deepest sympathy for your loss. We loved Maxine so much and will miss her gentle spirit. She was so proud of her children and grandchildren. We visited often on the phone especially since Mom’s passing. She always updated us on the families’ lives. Her grandchildren and greats were her pride and joy. Although we are not able to attend the celebration of her life, please know we will be with you in spirit during this time. Love, Joe and Sharon Haskovec
My sympathy to Costello family. Maxine was a loving, kind, friendly, sweat lady. She will be missed.
No heart breaks alone for God is always near. When a prayer is whispered God is always there to hear. When sorrow’s overwhelming, He comforts tenderly. A single tear never falls that he does not hear.(Psalms 65:2) Sorry for your loss.
Sorry to hear the loss of your mother. Big hugs to all!
Jim, John, Mary, Gene & family with heavy hearts but yet a joyful time to see that Maxine relocated to Heaven. Some day we will all be together enjoying the presence of Jesus. I remember during our 4H days together how kind Maxine was toward others & how she enjoyed people. Praying for strength through Christ Jesus for your families.
you have our sympathy and well wishes
Jim and Merry Steinlage