January 1, 1936 ~ July 12, 2020

Born in: Chicago, Illinois
Resided in: Fremont, California

Charles Stephen Costello Jr. was born January 1, 1936, in Chicago, Ill., to Charles Stephen Costello Sr. and Catherine Mulholland Costello.

Charles earned his degree from Saint Ambrose, Davenport, Iowa, and went on to earn a Master’s in counseling from the University of Colorado, Boulder.


He loved family, often traveling during summer vacation with his wife Mary Ellen, six children, and their dog in their station wagon to visit his brothers and sisters in his home town of Davenport, Iowa. Dad was in Education for 40 plus years. 27 of those years, he was a counselor/coach at Irvington High School, Fremont California Prior to coming to California he taught in Stacyville, Iowa and was a High School Teacher and coach at Holy Family High School, Denver, Colorado.  He was an avid golfer, runner, and woodcarver who loved to travel to Hawaii with his beloved wife, Mary. He was known for his sports officiating and coaching and was a lifetime Chicago Bears fan.


Survivors include: wife Mary Costello; his 6 children, Patrick (Angie) Costello, Michelle (Wayne), Stone, Margaret (Robert) Chevis,

Melinda (Isabel Saques) Costello,

Charles (Elizabeth Cunningham) Costello III,

John (Catherine) Costello and sisters, Mary Rose Mooney, Rita (Earl) Tandeski, as well as 10 grandchildren Wayne Jr. Joshua, Jacob, Casey, Shannon, Katie, Brenna, Evan, Timothy, Luke, and 12 great-grandchildren. Damian, Brayden, Noah, Mikayla, Kyrie, Sebastian, Finley, Dylan, Jessie, Oliver, Scarlett, Everly. Along with the very big Costello family of nieces and nephews who loved dad (Uncle Chuck) very much as well as he loved all.


He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, John T. Costello, sisters Patricia Cooney, Catherine Mary Costello, Sister Barbara Costello, Virginia Smith and Brother in laws Carl Mooney and Dale Smith, his first wife, Mary Ellen (Dalton) Costello and second wife, Shirley Rae (Cowan) Costello.


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the burial will be attended by the immediate family at the Mission San Jose Cemetery in Fremont, CA. A celebration of his life will be scheduled at a future date.


In lieu of flowers, Donations can be made to the Irvington High School Senior Student/Athletic Scholarship Fund. Please contact Michelle Stone at Irvington High School for more information email mstone@fusdk12.net.


Thank you to all that Loved and respected our father.  His smile tells it all.


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  1. He was a wonderful man n counselor. My husband had him as a counselor back in 75 n I had him in 89.
    Stevan n Christy Dunkin

  2. Chuck was a good friend and neighbor. We had fun playing golf and tennis.
    My memory of him and always will be his good nature and wonderful smile. RIP dear friend.
    Gerry and Kerin Romero


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