Harriet "Hattie" Costello was born Jadwiga Wojciechowska in Cambridge, New Jersey, on July 29, 1925. She was delivered at home by the local midwife, whose fee was one chicken. The daughter of Polish immigrants, "Jaja" (as she was affectionately known in childhood) was raised by her devoted mother and the Polish community of St. Casimir's Parish and School. She attended Palmyra High School and worked at the Keystone Watch Factory in Riverside as a young woman until, at the age of twenty-five, she married Fred Costello of Burlington, New Jersey. The two had met at a firehouse dance. Hattie and Fred settled in Burlington and at St. Paul's Parish, there to raise three children. As Fred managed his Broad Market corner grocery store, Hattie excelled as a nurturing homemaker, and together they built a life filled with love, friendship, family, and durable faith. As her own children grew into adulthood, she became a grandma (or "Meemom") to five and great-grandmother (or "GiGi") to ten. She was a constant, benevolent presence in the life of her adoring grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Hers was a life for others, poured out in loving service of Fred, her children, and their families. So too was it a life of prayer, of devotion to her crucified Lord, and of a special closeness to his Blessed Mother. "Give her a reward of her labors, and let her works praise her at the city gates." (Proverbs 31:31)
Hattie is survived the family she treasured: her daughter, Michelle Callanan; her sons, Frederick Costello and Drew Costello, and his wife Jacqueline; her grandchildren, Keegan (Rachel), Brian (Amanda), Megan (Ted), Karly, and Brooke; and her great-grandchildren, Fiona, Claire, Liam, Elise, James, Charlie, Mary, Ella, Jack, and a tenth soon to arrive.
Hattie's wishes were to have a private family only funeral service.
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