Ida Marie (Kutsunakis) Costello, 77, of Haverhill passed away Thursday, July 23, at Prescott House, North Andover, surrounded by her family.
Born in Haverhill, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Francis (Howard) Kutsunakis.
Costello attended schools in Haverhill and was a graduate of Haverhill High School. She earned her Associate’s in respiratory therapy from Northern Essex Community College. She was employed as a registered respiratory therapist for more than 26 years at Lawrence General Hospital.
Costello loved playing cards, going out to lunch and attending plays with her many friends. She enjoyed playing the penny slots at Foxwoods and sometimes she played the half penny slots. She loved eating turf and surf (hotdogs and clams ) with her son Jerry at Park Lunch. She liked to cook and her American chop suey was the best. She had an eye for fashion and never gave up an opportunity to buy clothes. During her six weeks at Prescott House, her favorite activity was sitting on the patio with her many visitors with the sun shining upon her face. Most of all Costello loved being with her family and especially her cherished and beloved dog “Midnight.”
Costello is survived by her three children, Gerald A. Costello of Haverhill; Debra L. Hiett and her husband David L. of Atkinson, N.H.; and Kathleen F. Costello of Windham, N.H.; sister, Paula J. Zangari and her husband Michael R. of Haverhill; brother, Michael Kutsunakis of Florida and his daughter Michelle; seven grandchildren, Tara N. Scarduzio, Timothy D. Hiett, Derek J. Hiett, Peter K Costello, Kelly A. Costello, Jake A. Costello and Taylor D. Proulx; two great grandchildren, Tessa Rose Fried and Connor Centyl. She is also survived by her nephews, Robert F. Zangari, Eric M. Zangari and Michael F. Zangari..
At her request , funeral services will be private. Memorial donations may be made in her name to the MSPCA of Methuen, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844 or any animal rescue organization.The family would like to thank the clinical staff at the Transitional Care Unit at Prescott House for their kindness and excellent care.