Angela Marie Costa, 102, died September 6 at Bourne Manor, where she was a resident for eight years.
Born to Italian immigrants Paul and Frances (Carapella) Falcone in Wheeling, West Virginia, she was the eldest of their four children. She graduated from St. Joseph's Academy for girls.
She married Anthony Costa and worked in Boston at Jordan Marsh and Filene's as a representative for Elizabeth Arden cosmetics.
She and her husband retired to Buzzards Bay in 1978, where they lived until his death in 2009. A woman of faith, she was a member of St. Margaret's Church.
Ms. Costa led an active lifestyle. She loved to travel to the beaches of Massachusetts, Maine, Florida, Pittsburgh, New York and Colorado, and enjoyed the beach into her 80s. She maintained her home into her mid-90s.
While having no children of her own, she took on a maternal role to three generations in her family. She made summers at the beach special and Christmases in Wheeling family holidays to remember. She flew from Massachusetts to West Virginia to assist relatives in need and provided care for anything from a broken bone to pneumonia to a last breath.
Ms. Costa leaves a niece, Patricia Weiler of Pueblo, Colorado, and her nephew Scott Werner and his two children, all of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; two grandnieces in Colorado, Elizabeth Weiler Pfeiffer and her husband and two sons, all of Aurora, and Katherine Weiler Cruz and her son and daughter, all of Pueblo; nephews Thomas Falcone and Vincent Falcone of St. Clairsville, Ohio; and other extended family.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Mary Ann Thornton, Helen Ann Werner and Nelson Falcone.
Funeral arrangements were private.
Interment will be with her family in Wheeling, West Virginia.