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Charles E. Costello
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Birth: 1891
New York, USA
Death: Apr. 9, 1918, France

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Body Brought Home from France Interred in Family Plot

Penn Yan, May 10 One of the largest funerals that was ever held in this village was that of the late Charles Costello, who was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Costello, of this village. Charles Costello was one of the first Yates County men who enlisted for service in the World's War, and he and the other four left this village on Sunday evening, September 9, 1917. He was the first to die from Yates county. When the body reached town after it had been brought back from France an escort from the Johnson-Costello Post of the American Legion met it at the Northern Central train and escorted it to Corcoran's undertaking establishment on Main street and afterwards to the family home on Elm street. The funeral yesterday afternoon at St. Michael's church was largely attended, every available seat in the large building being taken and there were many present who were unable to secure seats and stood up during the services. The services were in charge of the regular rector, Rev Gomminginger assisted by Frs. Kelley and Sullinan, of Penn Yan, and Fr. Neville, of East Bloomfield.
Rev. Gomminginger in his remarks spoke feelingly of the young man's standing and character in the community prior to his leaving for war service, of the public gathering that was held on the Sunday evening that he left town and also of his war record.
The members of the Johnson-Costello Post of the American Legion attended the services in a body, nearly 110 storng, and the firing squad consisted of the following members of the Post: Robert Seeley, George Hopkins, Fred Hopkins, Ray Mills, John Griffiths, Claude Mann, Jeremiah Carroll, Floyd Clawson, and James Robinson. John Swarthout officiated as the bugler.
The active bearers taken from the membership of the Post, were as follows: John McMinn, Lionel Cole, Thomas Carroll, Howard Sprague, William Finnerty, and John Nelson. The honorary bearers consisted of James Cougeoun, William Bordwell, Ross Husoh, William Fitzpatrick, William McGough and Maurice Buckley.
The interment in the family plot in ST. Michael's cemetery, just on the outskirts of this village was witnessed by several thousand people.

SOURCE: Rochester Regional Library Council's Historical Newspapers of the Rochester, New York Region, on-line Aug 2012; Geneva Daily Times published Monday May 10, 1920 (transcribed by Gloria)
Charles E. Costello
35th Engrs AEF

SOURCE: St. Michael's Cemetery Index, compiled & recorded by Frances Dumas & Sherry E. Conybeare, Nov 1997
Saint Michaels Cemetery
Penn Yan
Yates County
New York, USA
Created by: Gloria
Record added: Aug 29, 2012
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Charles E. Costello
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