Obituary – Ann Costa
Ann Costa of Margate, Florida passed away peacefully on January 30, 2021 at her daughter’s home in Boca Raton, Florida. She lived an incredible 95 years.
Ann was born on May 31, 1925 in South Brooklyn to Vincent and Francis Ferrante and raised with two brothers and four sisters. Her family may have been poor but they were rich in love. They looked out for each other and enjoyed each other, especially at the bungalow in Long Island.
On February 11, 1950, Ann married the love of her life, the charismatic and handsome George Costa. Together, they brought three beautiful children into their world. She became widowed in November of 1954 and devoted her life to raising her children on her own. Ann was a devoted homemaker, dedicating herself to her most treasured role as a mother. She was always a fighter and overcame any obstacle she faced. She was an amazing matriarch and always a force to be reckoned with. Ann was a remarkable lady, always looked decades younger than her actual age, drove until she was 91, and maintained her independence in her home until she fell ill in October of 2019.
Ann was most famous for her lasagna, admired most for her “I can do anything” attitude, known for her witty sayings, and her insistence on doing things her own way. Her theme song was “My Way”, by Frank Sinatra. Her strength, determination, perseverance, and generosity were unsurpassed. She lived for her faith and her love for family. She was tough and stubborn, but gentle and compassionate. She loved family get-togethers, Sinatra, bingo, QVC, and Lifetime movies. In Brooklyn, you could find her at OTB but once she moved to Florida, she developed a long-standing relationship with the lotto. And if she could, she would have bought herself a Macy’s, as she already called it “my store”.
Ann will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Linda, her son-in-law Buck, her grandchildren Felicia, Ally, Charlie, Carissa, and Crystalann and her great grandchildren Michael, AJ, Jake, Samantha, Christopher, and Caden. Ann was predeceased by her husband George in 1954, her son George Jr in 1988, and her daughter Carol in 2020. She prayed for her husband and children everyday and is cherishing their reunion in heaven.
A funeral service in memory of Ann will be held on Tuesday, February 2nd from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at Gary Panoch Funeral Home in Boca Raton, followed by a religious service at St. Coleman’s Catholic Church on Wednesday, February 3ed at 11:30 am. She will be buried in New York at Calvary Cemetery alongside her husband and son. Donations may be made in her honor to the Dementia Society of America, an organization dedicated to the education, local resources, and life enrichment for the individuals and families impacted by Dementia (DementiaSociety.org).
Professional arrangements by:
Gary Panoch Funeral Home
6140 N. Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL 33487
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