James D. Costello

James Daniel Costello, 89, of Malone died on Monday, June 15th,
2020 at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee.


He was born in Fond du Lac on July 31st, 1930,
the son of Daniel and Sarah (Meade) Costello. James attended rural schools,
graduating from Fond du Lac High School in 1949. James married Betty Jane
Birschbach on May 3rd, 1952 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Mount
Calvary. After working with his father for a number of years, James, Betty and
their children moved to the St. Peter area where they developed a herd of
Guernsey dairy cattle which became one of the top-producing herds in the
nation. He later developed a herd of Holstein cattle. He retired from farming
in 1995.


James is survived by his wife, Betty, four sons, Michael
(Judith), Steven (Gina), Fr, Mark Joseph Costello, ofm Cap, and Brian
(Christine) Costello. ten grandchildren, Lori Petrie (Brent) Palmer, James
(Melissa) Petrie, Benjamin (Melissa) Costello, Peter (Cassandra) Costello,
Saasha Costello (Russell) Stanton, Shane (Rachel) Costello, Daniel (Ashley)
Costello, Amy Costello, and Wendy Costello (Michael) Wittlin, and eighteen


Survivors also include, sister-in-law Patricia (Henry)
Birschbach sister and brother-in-law Rose and David) Faucher, Ralph and June
Birschbach, Wayne and Michele Birschbach, Paul and Nancy Lee Birschbach, and
brother-in-laws Roger and Gordon Birschbach,


He is preceded in death by his daughter Susan Costello
Petrie and grandson Timothy Costello.


He was also preceded in death by his brother and
sister-in-law John and Alice Costello, his sister Monica Costello, his sister
and brother-in-law Mary Catherine and Leonard Brown, his sisters-in-law Dolores
Birschbach Ecker, Mary Ann Birschbach, Barbara Birschbach, and a brother-in-law
Henry Birschbach.


James’ life centered on his family, agriculture, and
Community Service. He served on the Fond du Lac County Board for many terms. James was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the
National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils
(RC&D). A charter member of Glacierland RC&D in northeast Wisconsin, he
served as president from 1996 to 2002. Only two RC&D members from around
the country are placed into the Hall of Fame each year, held in Washington DC.

In 1991, he was honored with the Master Agriculturist Award by the Wisconsin
Agriculturist magazine. James was involved in many other organizations over the
years, including serving as president and vice president of East Central Select
Sires Co-Op, director of the Federal Land Bank of Fond du Lac, president and
member of the board of directors of Agriland Co-Op, board of directors of
Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives, president of Fond du Lac County Guernsey
Breeders Association, 4-H member and adult leader, St. Mary’s Springs High
School board of directors, vice chairman of East Wisconsin Counties Railroad
Consortium, president of District 6 Associated County Extension Committees,
Inc. and vice president of Wisconsin Associated County Extension Committees
board of directors, president and vice chairman of Great Lakes Nonpoint
Pollution Abatement Coalition, and member of Wisconsin Counties Association
Agriculture Steering Committee. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church
in Fond du Lac.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am, Saturday
June 20th at Holy Family Church, 271 Fourth Street Way, Fond du Lac
Wisconsin. Rev. Mark Joseph Costello ofm Cap will preside at the Eucharistic
Liturgy. Visitation will be private. Burial at Calvary Cemetery, Fond du Lac,
following the Liturgy. In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to The
Capuchin Mission Association, Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph 1820
Mt. Elliott St.; Detroit, MI 48207. The Uecker-Witt Funeral Home, Fond du Lac
assisted the family.


Guestbook and tribute wall may
be found by visiting ueckerwitt.com.