After prolonged illness, Charles C. Costello (Chaz) passed on June 16, 2023. He was the cherished son of predeceased parents, Biagio and Adele Costello [Minetta], beloved brother survived by Marie Starnes, Clare and Joseph Riscica, treasured uncle to Danielle, Anthony [Montalbano], Vincent, Liza [Dickinson], Joseph, Krystal [Miller], and great-uncle to Giada, Liliana, Vivian, Josephine, and Biagio. Services will be held July 8, 2023, 1:00pm – 4:00pm at Mangano Funeral Home, Deer Park, NY.
After prolonged health issues, Charles began his journey to Heaven on June 16, 2023. He was the cherished son of predeceased parents, Biagio and Adele Costello [Minetta], beloved brother survived by Marie Starnes, Clare and Joseph Riscica, treasured uncle to Danielle, Anthony [Montalbano], Vincent, Liza [Dickinson], Joseph and Krystal [Miller], and great-uncle to Giada, Liliana, Vivian, Josephine, and Biagio. Charles adored his grandparents and treasured his relationships with aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends. He always knew his family was there to provide love and support, and appreciated his unique relationships with extended family members. Prayerfully remembering those who had gone before him, knowing they would welcome him with open arms. Nothing could replace the precious relationship with his sisters who stood by his side throughout his life. While taken from us all too soon, his life was filled with love, wit, humor, and expressive creativity. He graduated Half Hollow Hills High School West, and attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY, 1982 – 1983, honing his remarkable design skills. Charles lived in Atlanta, Georgia for 30 years working as a visual merchandising consultant and Mid-century Modern antiques dealer. There, entrenched in the LGBTQIA community, he built friendships and professional relationships that lasted decades. Early in his career, he was a floral designer and generously shared his talents at family weddings, events, and celebrations. His passion for decorating and exceptional creative vision led the way into interior decorating, jewelry curation, and specialty collections of vintage pieces. His keen eye caught every detail in his surroundings and he had a penchant for collecting books on famous and not-so-famous people, including actors and designers. Charles found humor in all things and shared his gregarious and flamboyant nature with everyone he met. Always making us laugh was one of his greatest gifts; leaving behind priceless memories of those deep belly laughs that brought us to tears. Charles has left an indelible mark on our hearts with his love and laughter and will be missed by all who had the pleasure of his company.