Mary Brown, World War II veteran

Mary M. (Costello) Brown, 89, formerly of Fulton, died Saturday, April 14th at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Penn Yan, N.Y.

Mrs. Brown was born July 31, 1922, the oldest child of the late Joseph and Ann (McKniff) Costello of Forge Village, Mass. Mrs. Brown moved to Fulton in 1965 and later moved to Penn Yan. She graduated from high school before her 17th birthday, attained her R.N. degree following nurses training at the Burbank Hospital School of Nursing, Fitchburg, Mass, and served in the United States Navy Nurse Corp from 1945-1948.

She was honorably discharged as a World War II veteran at the rank of Lieutenant Jr. Grade. She served at Mare Island Naval Hospital, Vallejo, Calif., where she attended to soldiers injured in the Pacific Theater. Although she returned to nursing in the late 1960s for nearly 20 years, she dedicated her earlier married life to her husband and children in Webster City, IA; Tuscola, IL, Tampa, FL and Fulton.

She was a communicant of the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Fulton,  and since 1997 she was a communicant of St. Michael’s Church, Penn Yan.

She was past employed as a registered nurse at A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital and Andrew Michaud Nursing Home, Fulton. Mrs. Brown was a past member of the Catholic Daughters Court Pere LeMoyne #833 for over 40 years, including serving as CDA Regent for several terms.

She was also a long-time member of the St. Joseph’s Columbiette Auxiliary #254, a Eucharist Minister, member of the Ladies of Rotary, and the A.L. Lee Memorial Auxiliary.

She was pre-deceased by her husband, Louis Brown in 1996; infant son, Paul L. Brown; and siblings, Anna Costello, Eileen Mangano, Edward, Joseph and Thomas Costello.

Mrs. Brown is survived by her children, Peter L. Brown of Penn Yan, Tim (Jane) Brown of Ruckersville, Va., and Deborah Tabor of Woodlawn, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held today, April 18 at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church, Fulton where a mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Stephen Wirkes.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Calling hours were conducted yesterday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton. At the request of Mrs. Brown, a decade of the rosary was recited Tuesday.

Contributions may be made to St. Michael’s School, Penn Yan, NY 14527 or to the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Penn Yan, NY 14527.

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