John F. Costello
January 23, 1919 – July 10, 2001
John F. Costello, 82, an attorney for over 50 years, passed away on July 10, 2001 at his home in Leisure World in Silver Spring.
Mr. Costello, a Washington native, was a 1937 graduate of Gonzaga High School and a 1942 graduate of Columbus Law School, what is now Catholic University’s law school. It was in law school that he met his wife, a fellow student, Helen O’Brien. The couple were married for over 50 years and had six children.
Mr. Costello was an Army paratrooper in the Mediterranean theater during World War II. He was a member of the 509th Battalion, the first paratroopers ever to jump in combat. He was a prisoner of War and a recipient of the Bronze star.
John was admitted to the Bar of the District of Columbia in 1947 and practiced 25 years with Mike Keogh in the District of Columbia. He then came to Chevy Chase and ultimately to Silver Spring where he had a general practice concentrating in estate work.
John was a founding member of St. Catherine’s Laboure Catholic Church in Wheaton and helped start its Catholic Youth Organization. He was also President of the Parent/Teacher Association, a member of the Holy Name Society and Chairman of the Fundraising Campaign for each of the churches there. Later, Mr. Costello was a long time member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Rockville before joining Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church at Leisure World.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Margaret Helen O’Brien Costello of Silver Spring; two daughters, Mary Townley Costello of Washington, DC, Ann Knauer of Baltimore; and four sons, Martin of Worcester, MA, John F.X. of Sandy Spring, Danny of Silver Spring and Neil of Gaithersburg. He also leaves two brothers, Martin Costello and William Costello, both of Frederick; and two sisters, Nancy Craig of Frederick and margaret Stone of Southern Shores, NC and 17 grandchildren. Mr. Costello was noted for his legal ability and his manner in which he dealt with his fellow attorneys. He retired two years ago.