Former League of Women Voters president

Published in the January 12, 2017 edition

Marcia-Costanza-pic-webNORTH READING – Marcia E. (Van Deusen) Costanza – 84, of North Reading, died Sunday, January 8, 2017, at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington. She was the beloved wife of the late Ralph P. Costanza, Sr.

Born in Randolph, VT on September 24, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Jesse (Hitchcock) Van Deusen. Marcia was a graduate of South Royalton High School in Vermont and she attended the University of Vermont.

She was a floral designer for Mahoney’s in Winchester and also worked as a shoe sales clerk at Eugene’s of Reading.

Marcia has been a resident of North Reading for sixty years. She was a member of the League of Women Voters for over fifty years and served in many roles including president, mentoring new members and providing candidate’s night for every election. She was a very active member of St. Theresa’s Church. She participated in Bible Study, taught CCD and helped in many outreach programs in- cluding Christ’s Hands. Marcia was a member of the Garden Club and a Girl Scout leader. Marcia loved playing the piano, traveling and gardening. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Family members include her loving son, Ralph P. Costanza, Jr. and his wife Susan of Norfolk, MA; daughters, Karen O’Leary and her husband Daniel of Ipswich and Regina Sanfilippo and her husband Salvatore of Irvine, CA; sisters, Myra Berube of TN and Julia Van Deusen of FL; grandchildren, William, Matthew and Christopher Costanza, David and his wife Valerie and Mark and his wife Megan O’Leary, Michael and Leah Sanfilippo; great grandchildren, Mary Grace, Deirdre and Xavier O’Leary; and many nieces and nephews.

Her funeral will be held from the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Saturday, January 14 at 9:15 AM, followed by a 10:30 AM Funeral Mass at St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter Street (Rt. 62), North Reading. Calling hours will be held on Friday, January 13, from 4 to 7 PM. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.