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Anne Costello, author, editor, social worker

Jan. 30, 1937 – June 17, 2014

Anne Costello, mother, grandmother, social worker, editor and author known for her passionate, vibrant approach to work and life, died June 17 in Schofield Residence, Town of Tonawanda, after a long illness. She was 77.

Mrs. Costello, a Maryland native, moved to Buffalo in the 1960s after she married David Costello, a now-retired Canisius College European history professor.

While holding various jobs and raising four children, she wrote a novel about black and white families whose lives intertwined, “Bittergreen,” published by Ballantine in 1980.

A philosophy major, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Goucher College and was a member of its winning 1959 College Bowl quiz show team. A skilled editor, she edited her husband’s scholarly articles and “Where the North Sea Touches Alabama,” published last year by the University of Chicago Press. Its author, sociology professor Alan Shelton, dedicated the book to Costello.

Her eclectic career included social work, the arts and even real estate. Before her marriage, she worked as a writer for the Voice of America and as a social worker for the Montgomery County Welfare Board. In Buffalo, she was a docent at Albright-Knox Art Gallery and a real estate agent for Hunt. After she earned a master’s degree in social work from the University at Buffalo in 1994, she helped adults recover from addiction.

As she struggled with breast cancer during her last seven years, she continued to work and travel.

She wrote letters in support of Amnesty International, edited, took a jazz class, kept up with her friends in Elmwood Avenue’s café culture and tried out a zip line while visiting Costa Rica with her husband.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years; a son, Brooke Joseph; two daughters, Elizabeth Summers and Sarah Bunker; a brother, Richard Maury; a sister, Sarah Swan; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. July 17 in Trinity Episcopal Church, 371 Delaware Ave.

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