Jessie R. Costanzo

May 5, 1938 - February 25, 2013

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Jessie R. Costanzo of West Pittston passed away Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Wilkes-Barre.

Born May 5, 1938, in Pittston, she was a daughter of the late Nicholas and Pasqulina Sciandra Costanzo.

She was a graduate of Pittston High School, Class of 1956, and she graduated from College Misericordia in 1963. She also received her graduate degree from the University of Scranton.

Following graduation, she went on to teach three years in the Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, Levittown. Jessie then went on to become a reading specialist for the Pittston City Elementary School. It wasn't until 1993 that Jesse retired from her position at Pittston Elementary.

She was a member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association and AARP.

Surviving are her nephew, Ralph Costanzo, West Pittston, with whom Jesse resided with for many years; brothers, Angelo Costanzo, Chambersburg; and James Costanzo, Pittston; and sister, Eleanor Galante, Burbank, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Josephine Costanzo.

Funeral services have been entrusted to Graziano Funeral Home Inc., Pittston Township.

Viewing hours will be held at the funeral home from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday. A Blessing service, officiated by Monsignor John Sempa of Corpus Christi Parish, will take place at the funeral home at 11:30 a.m. Interment services will take place in Denison Cemetery, Swoyersville.

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