Valentini Costa (nee Pastris) fell asleep in the Lord on May 22, 2019, at the age of 91. She passed peacefully in her sleep with her family by her side holding her hands as she went to the Lord. She was born in the village of Moudros on the Island of Lemnos, Greece, on December 15, 1927. She immigrated to the US, lived in Philadelphia and married Augustus Costa in 1965. She was a devoted wife for 25 years until his death in 1991. She repeatedly spoke of him and wished their time together was longer.
She was a loving mother to Angelina and Georgette Costa White and son-in-law Michael White, proud YiaYia to Augustus and Constantine. Being mom and grandmother was her favorite title and she excelled at being both. She was supportive of everything they did and relished in their accomplishments.
She will be fondly remembered by everyone as a cherished friend who was honest and compassionate. She sincerely loved people and appreciated every small act of kindness. Her friends knew her to be very funny and loyal. She enjoyed visiting with friends and long phone conversations about the good old days. She also enjoyed gardening, cooking in abundance, sewing, knitting, reading, talking politics and taking care of her fur babies, per precious cats. She also loved going out whether it be to a show, dinner or walk in the park with her kids. She always joked that her 25-year-old spirit was stuck in a 91-year-old body. Every opportunity to live life she took.
She was an active steward of the Church of the Annunciation and enjoyed volunteering and doing what she could for as long as she could. She loved working at the annual church festival with her friends. She prayed daily and was very knowledgeable about her faith.
She is predeceased by her parents Tarsia and Evangelos, husband Augustus, sister Fotini Pastris and nephew William Bacalos. Survived by her daughters Angelina and Georgette (Michael), grandsons, Augustus and Constantine, sister Olga (George) and many nieces and nephews.
VISITATION: 10am Wednesday May 29, 2019 at Annunciation/Evangelismos Greek Orthodox Church 7921 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027
FUNERAL SERVICE: 11am Annunciation/Evangelismos Greek Orthodox Church 7921 Old York Road, Elkins Par, PA 19027
INTERMENT: Lawnview Cemetery 500 Huntingdon Pike Rockledge, PA 19046
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Annunciation/Evangelismos Church, 7921 Old York Rd., Elkins Park, PA 19027 or to Holy Protection Monastery, 1 Saint Josephs Way, White Haven, PA 18661
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Annunciation / Evangelismos Church
7921 Old York Road, Elkins Park PA 19027
Holy Protection Monastery, 1 Saint Josephs Way, White Haven, PA 18661
1 Saint Josephs Way, White Haven PA 18661