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COSTANTINO, Jeanette E.
COSTANTINO - Jeanette E. LICENSED SOCIAL WORKER AND PROFESSOR. Age 91, died peacefully at home on October 24, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband Carl and son Paul. Jeanette and her husband moved to the New Bern area from Lewiston, NY in 2003. Mrs. Costantino was born Jeanette Schreiber in Buffalo, New York in 1923. She attended D'Youville College where she received a Bachelor Degree in Sociology in 1945. She went on to The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC where she earned a master's degree in Social Work. An avid sportswoman, Jeanette pitched for a fast-pitch softball team. She was a member of Kappa Gamma Pi and the national Women's Catholic Honor society. Jeanette was a woman of vision and principle. As an educator, she assisted in the development of social work as a profession and has trained countless numbers of men and women to help others. She was Chairperson of the Social Work Department at D'Youville College when it was one of only five programs in New York State to be accredited. She held the rank of Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Work and published numerous articles on aging. Mrs. Costantino also taught for many years in the Schools of Nursing, Sociology and Education at Niagara University as well as at the State University College at Buffalo, Cazenovia College, and Ithaca College. She was the first female to teach at Christ the King Seminary. She held a Nursing Home Administrators License working actively in over thirty hospitals and nursing homes as a consultant. She was the Director of Social Work at Niagara Falls Memorial Hospital until her retirement at age 70. Upon retiring, Mrs. Costantino served on many Boards of Directors representing the rights of the elderly and in the provision of adequate services for them. Additionally, she served her Diocese as a volunteer for youth, precana work and designed a Program for Living for Retired Priests. In recent years, her charitable work continued, sewing hundreds of blankets which have been donated to local charities at home and missions abroad. Mrs. Costantino was an avid sports fan and especially loved professional basketball. She swam 3-4 x per week for the past fifteen years to maintain her physical and emotional health and she would suggest such an activity to all of you. Her hobbies include cooking, (the best spaghetti sauce and homemade soups), sewing, needlepoint (she made pillow for all the special family and friends in her life), and gardening. She loved her flowers and rocking on the porch with family and friends. Jeanette is survived by daughters, Cathy Costantino and husband, Jack Moran, of Burkittsville, MD, Carol Harshman and husband, David Harshman of New Bern and four grandchildren, Andrea Costantino, Nicholas Costantino, Chelsey Harshman and Lisa Harshman. Arrangements by Cotton Funeral Home. A private memorial mass will be held at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sisters of Social Service 296 Summit Ave. Buffalo, NY 14214.