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Joseph F. COSTA

June 21, 1940 — July 21, 2023

Coudersport, PA


Joseph F. COSTA, 83, of Coudersport, PA, died Friday, July 21, 2023 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.  


Born June 21, 1940, in Coudersport, he was the son of Joseph S. and Frances Zot Costa.  A 1958 graduate of Coudersport High School and a 1962 graduate of Penn State University, he earned a degree in electrical engineering.  Following graduation, he was employed as an electrical engineer by Westinghouse at the defense plant in Baltimore, MD for ten years.  


In October of 1972, he bought the former Pepper’s Market in Coudersport and owned and operated Costa’s Food Center until October of 2019.  He served several terms on the board of directors of Olean Wholesale Grocery Cooperative.  


He also served on the former Citizens Trust Company board of directors and the advisory board of the Coudersport branch of Citizens and Northern.  Joe was a member of St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport and Coudersport Golf Club.  He enjoyed hunting and was an avid fly fisherman and golfer.  


Surviving are:  a sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Raup of Coudersport;  a brother, Thomas (Delores) Costa of Coudersport;  nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a sister, Mary Ann Fosmire.  


A private graveside service will be held in St. Augustine-St. Paul Cemetery, Costello.  Rev. Christopher Wheeler will preside.  


Cremation was at Olney-Foust Private Crematory.  


Memorials may be made to Coudersport Golf Club, 839 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport, PA 16915.  


Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at

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