Joan A. Costello, 76, Birdsboro, died of natural causes Sept. 16, 2008, at 8:52 p.m. in her residence.Her husband, William V. Costello, died Dec. 18, 1991.

Born in Sinking Spring, she was a daughter of the late Roy and Alta (Weik) Ritter.

She was employed for more than 45 years by the Valley Forge Flag Co., Spring City, Birdsboro and Womelsdorf.

She was a graduate of Sinking Spring High School.

Joan gave out much love to her family and friends and she will be greatly missed.

Surviving is a brother, Warren A. Ritter, Wyomissing.

Other survivors include two nieces, Denise R. Klein, Wyomissing, and Sharon Didyoung, West Lawn; and two nephews, Michael W. Ritter, Shillington, and Robin R. Ritter, in Michigan.

There are also a surrogate daughter, Lori A. Martzall, Robesonia; a surrogate granddaughter, Jennifer L. Martzall, Richland; six great-nieces and great-nephews and four great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

Services were Monday at 10:30 a.m. in the Lamm & Witman Funeral Home Inc., Wernersville.

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