Sister Rita Costello, H.M., formerly Sr. Thomas Aquinas, died Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the Lutheran Home at Concord Reserve, Westlake, Ohio.
Sister Rita Costello dedicated her life to God and enriched, educated and enlightened countless people as a teacher, pastoral minister, and hospice chaplain during her 56 years of active ministry in the Dioceses of Cleveland and Youngstown and the Archdiocese of Atlanta.
She was beloved by all thanks to an amazing sense of humor and unmatched wisdom.
In the Cleveland diocese she taught at Erieview Catholic High School, Cleveland and Magnificat High School, Rocky River. She was a staff member at Malachi House, Cleveland and ministered to hospice patients at St. Joseph Hospital & Health Center, Lorain and later at New Life Hospice, Lorain as a chaplain.
In the Archdiocese of Atlanta Sr. Rita taught at St. Pius X High School, Atlanta.
She taught in the Youngstown diocese at St. John High School, Ashtabula and St. Edward Jr. High, Youngstown.
Following her retirement in 2015 she continued her participation in the HM Ministry of Prayer until her death. She was anticipating her 65th jubilee as a vowed religious in 2020.
She is survived by her sisters in the Humility of Mary Congregation; her sisters, Maria Bako, Barberton, Ohio, and Monica Brown, Akron, Ohio; her nephews Carl Bako (Holly), J.J. Brown (Carmen), and David Brown; and her great nieces and nephews, Sebastian and Julian Brown, Brittany Dicko and Allison Dicko, Maria Ferrante, and Maddox Booth.
She was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Marie (Tropeano) Costello, and twin brothers, Rev. Joseph Costello and Rev. James P. Costello.