July 19, 1925 - March 19, 2020
Frank Costa a life long Mohegan Lake resident died on March 19, he was 94. The son of the elder Primo Costa and Eliana Brizzi Costa immigrants from northern Italy. Mr. Costa arrived at Ellis Island in 1919. Mrs. Costa in 1920 and they were married the following year. Both their names are permanently inscribed on the Ellis Island Memorial Wall of Honor. Mr. Costa married Jeannette Emily Zeliph of Continental Village in 1948 at the St. Phillips in the Highlands Episcopal Church. In Garrison NY. His beloved wife predeceased him in 2004 after 55 years of marriage. Mr. Costa was employed by IBM for 32 years as a computer operator and computer manager. He started his employment in Poughkeepsie in 1955 and transferred to the T.J> Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights shortly after. Among the many projects he was involved with he felt the most challenging was the development of the Russian American Dictionary on the then state of the art 7044 Computer. He was part of the team that demonstrated the dictionary translation at the CIA Headquarters in Langley Virginia. The work proved to be a vital tool at the height of the cold war. He retired from IBM in 1987. Mr. Costa was inducted into the U.S. Navy during WWII as a member of the U.S. Naval Construction Battalion where he served in the Asiatic - Pacific Theater. He was stationed in England and Eniwetok in the Marshall Islands building and maintaining an airship for U.S. Marine Corpse F4U Corsair fighter aircraft. In July 1944 his unit went ashore on Guam in the third Marine Division. His unit maintained the B29 bomber aircraft air bases. He remained in Guam until war's end. Mr. Costa was an amateur landscape artist and many of his oil paintings are in private collections. He also had an interest in photography specializing in black and white format. He developed and printed his own photos in his darkroom. His love of the Hudson River and Valley led to many photos of the areas many mountains, valleys and many historic mansions and vanishing hamlets. Mr. Costa was known for his love of Big Band Jazz and his involvement with small combos during his youth. He was a talented rhythm guitarist. He also had an extensive collection of vintage and big band records. He and his wife were avid travelers and toured the U.S., Canada and Mexico many times in a travel trailer and motorhome. In 1984 they took and oversea trip to northern Italy and Switzerland to visit Mr. Coasta's relatives who he had never met before. Mr. Costa is survived by two daughters, Gloria Schneider of Salisbury NC, Garralene Costa of Peekskill NY and one son Clyde Costa of Helena Island SC, one sister Florence Berry of FL and three sisters Lucille Yama of Mohegan Lake, Violette Touve of El Cajon CA. and Barbara Hughes of Yorktown Heights NY that died earlier. 5 grandsons and 9 great grandchildren. After full military honors Mr. Costa will be laid to rest beside his beloved wife at Rose Hill Memorial Park in Putnam Valley.
Frank Costa a life long Mohegan Lake resident died on March 19, he was 94. The son of the elder Primo Costa and Eliana Brizzi Costa immigrants from northern Italy. Mr. Costa arrived at Ellis Island in 1919. Mrs. Costa in 1920 and they were married... View Obituary & Service Information
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