Lester Lawrence Costello, 88, of Winona, died Thursday, June 20, 2013 at Lake Winona Manor.
Lester was born May 6, 1925, in Rollingstone, Minn., to Con and Mary (Johnson) Costello. He was raised on Hoosier Ridge near Plainview, Minn. He graduated from Plainview High School. He served in the Army during World War II and was stationed in Japan. On March 15, 1952, he married Ava Marie White and recently celebrated 61 years of marriage.
Lester worked for the Minnesota Highway Department for 30 years retiring in 1984. He spent time vacationing in northern Minnesota in his Airstream trailer. He always looked forward to having his family up to visit. He loved spending time with his only daughter, son-in-law, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He made many lasting memories with them. He had a great sense of humor and he touched the hearts of everyone he met. He will be greatly missed by his family.
Lester was an avid Minnesota Twins fan and never missed a game. He was also a member of the American Legion Leon J. Wetzel Post #9 and the Veterans of Foreign War.
Surviving is his wife, Ava, of Winona; his daughter, Peggy (Bob) Kamrowski, of Dodge, Wis.; and sister, Ann Bennett, of Wabasha. He is also survived by grandchildren: Jason Heins, Stacey (Greg) Bronk, and Lisa (Jim) Borland. Also surviving are great-grandchildren: Megan, Jacob, and Colton Heins; Mary, Allison, and Sam Bronk; Alexandria Srock; Gavin, Briant, and Marisa Borland.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and siblings: Jerry Costello, Marie Hager, Frances Hartert, William Costello, and twin sister Ester Burg.
A memorial gathering and time of remembrance will be held 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at the Fawcett Junker Funeral Home. Military Burial Honors will be provided by the American Legion Leon J. Wetzel Post #9 at 4:00 p.m.. A private family committal service will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Minneiska.
Lesterís family would like to thank the staff of Lake Winona Manor, Winona Health Home Care, and Winona Health Hospice Service.
Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.fawcett-junkerfuneralhome.com. Services entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Winona.