Joan Taylor Costello
Tuesday, May 24, 1927
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Joan Taylor Costello, 94, of Bellingham, WA died on March 23, 2022 in her home. She was born on May 24, 1927 in Chicago, IL to Herbert and Eloise (Latta) Taylor. Her family moved to Sacramento, CA where she graduated from Sacramento Community College before relocating to Crystal Lake, IL where she married John E. Costello on November 25, 1950. Her interests and curiosities were boundless, and she was just as happy playing piano with one of her children as she was fishing or collecting fossils, or playing sports, or canoeing in the wilderness, or using power tools. She loved the arts and traveling, and was a lifelong photographer, making her photographs into cards she would send to all her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and friends. In addition to Crystal Lake and Bellingham, WA, she spent 15 years in Somerset, IN and 15 years in Lutsen, MN.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother, Richard (Dick). Joan is survived by her children, John (Mary Jane Rehm) Costello, Timothy Costello, Patricia (George) Vurdelja, Robert (Diana Cristina Valente Marques) Costello, Nancy (Mike) Bonkowski, Richard (Maggie Spencer) Costello, Susan (Ben) Ridgway, and seven loving grandchildren, Lisa, Emily, Melissa, John, Anne, Tim, and Stewart, and twelve great-grandchildren. She will be remembered as a loyal and trusting friend, caretaker, devoted mother, adventurer, and creative, playful spirit. She loved a good laugh and she would laugh until her eyes welled with tears. She was welcoming and made everyone feel as though they belonged in her family, which included adding others to the brood, Carlos Paz de Araujo (Brazil), Thomas Faas (Illinois), and Hassan Byumvuhore (Rwanda). As a caretaker, she was always ready for the next mission to comfort and heal, and nothing was more important to her than the health and happiness of her family and friends.