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C. Ivy Costango

September 2, 1956 – June 10, 2015

C. Ivy Costango, age 58, of Delaware City, DE, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her family on Wednesday, June 10, 2015.

A lifelong Delawarean, Ivy was born in Wilmington on September 2, 1956, and was a daughter of Charles Neel and Alice Jane (Cornog) Neel. In addition to raising her family, she worked as a site manager for Canon Business Solutions in Wilmington.

Ivy was a lifetime member and past president of the Delaware City Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, where she served on numerous committees. She was an active member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Delaware City, where she gave of her time and talents by serving as treasurer. Above all else, Ivy was a devoted wife and mother who loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, whom she adored. She will be greatly missed by all.

Ivy is survived by her husband of 39 years, Robert C. Costango, Sr.; parents, Charles and Jane Neel of Delaware City; sons, Robert Craig Costango, Jr. (Mishna) of Delaware City and Brandon Costango (Kirsten) of Middletown; siblings, Nancy Migliavacca (Ronald) of Delaware City, Charles I. Neel (Kitt) of Bear and Emily Garrett (Lou) of Bear; grandchildren, Gavin, Seth, Xavier, Joey, Tommy and Elizabeth “Sissy” Costango; and many extended family members.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 pm until 8 pm on Tuesday evening, June 16, 2015 at the Delaware City Volunteer Fire Company, 815 5th Street, Delaware City. A memorial service will be held at 5:30 pm on Wednesday evening, June 17, 2015 at the fire company, with a reception to follow. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ivy’s name may be made to the Ebenezer United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 4133, Delaware City, DE 19706 or to the Delaware City Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, P.O. Box 251 Delaware City, DE 19706.

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  1. Nancy Press, June 12, 2015

    Rob, Charlie and Jane

    Dave and are so very sad to learn of Ivy’s passing. We fondly remember her as just a great gal with a lovely personality and a wonderful smile; don’t think I ever remember seeing her without that smile.

    Dave and I extend ours prayers and love to you and your entire family.

    With deepest sympathy,

    Nancy Press

  2. Jane L Nickle, June 13, 2015

    To all of Ivy’s family: My sympathy goes out to all of you

    I was very lucky to have had the pleasure of growing up and knowing Ivy
    Ivy and I were in a lot of the same activities in school
    from being in band together to playing volleyball and summer softball while growing up in Delaware City
    she was always a great person and teammate and will surely be missed by everyone that knew her.
    The last time I saw Ivy she was riding her bike up Clinton Street and she looked so good so when I
    heard of her passing I must say it was a real shock.

    Jane L Nickle

  3. Judy Wyatt, June 13, 2015

    Another beautiful woman taken too soon. Ivy will be missed by many. May she rest in peace.

  4. Judy Broce, June 14, 2015

    My heart goes out to the family, with caring thoughts, love and comfort. I worked with Ivy for so many years and she was the nicest person i could ever known, I love her and missed her the day she got sick. She was always there for me and bought joy to my heart. May the family find peace and comfort to get through this time.

    With my deepest sympathy,
    peace, prayers and blessings

    Judy Broce

  5. Patricia Finner, June 14, 2015

    Robbie and family so sorry to hear about ivy i will keep you in my prayers

  6. Lynette & Jerry McCarthy, June 14, 2015

    With deepest sympathies, our thoughts & prayers go out to family and friends. Ivy was a fantastic person & will truly be missed.

  7. KEVIN HAIRSTON, June 14, 2015

    My heart aches for your family, Ivy was one of the most kind and beautiful people I have ever met.
    I remember her fondly from our time working together. She will truly be missed.

  8. Kathy and Dan Haddaway, June 15, 2015

    To the entire Costango and Neel Family’s. Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to all of you. Ivy was a wonderful and giving lady.
    Dan and Kathy Haddaway

  9. Tim Magazzu, June 15, 2015

    Deepest sympathies to her family and friends. Ivy had a kind and caring soul who deeply touched everyone that knew her. She will be greatly missed!!!

  10. Claire Noble, June 15, 2015

    I am so sorry for your loss. Ivy was always a upbeat person. Always had a smile on her face and in her heart. She will be missed.RIP Ivy

  11. julio c lopez, June 15, 2015

    you and your family are in our thoughts

  12. The Poultney Family, June 15, 2015

    We send our sincerest condolences to the entire family. We had the privilege of knowing Ivy as a child and throughout high school. Our families had many fond memories together.

    We will keep your family in our prayers

    The Poultney Family

  13. J & Stephanie Beck, June 15, 2015

    Jane and Charles, please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  14. Linda Ross, June 15, 2015

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Ivy Costango. I’ll always remember playing shortstop next to Ivy on third base with the DuPont Engineering team. She had the strongest arm and brightest smile I’ve ever seen. She will be missed by all her former team mates.

  15. sharon mullins woodie ferrell, June 16, 2015

    My deepest heartfelt sympathy & prayers for the family Ivey was a good woman RIP

  16. Sam & Nadine Miller, June 16, 2015

    I Know she will be missed! She was always upbeat and happy! Enjoyed smile her at church!
    She always put her all into everything she did.

  17. Jack McCartan, June 16, 2015

    I am deeply shocked and saddened to hear of Ivy’s passing. I worked with Ivy for many years at DuPont and later, Pitney Bowes. Ivy was one of the most genuinely kind-hearted, decent person I have ever known. She will be sorely missed. I extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to Ivy’s family and friends.

  18. Nancy Connell, June 16, 2015

    I was deeply saddened to hear of Ivy’s passing. I will keep you all in my prayers.

  19. Sim Moneta, June 16, 2015

    So sorry to hear about Ivy’s passing. She was a great lady. I always enjoyed working with her. My deepest sympaties to the family of your loss. Sim Moneta

  20. Jean Conn, June 16, 2015

    To one of the sweetest families I have ever known. I am so sorry that my best childhood friend has passed away. She was the most tender hearted and most kindest person that I have ever had the privledge of having as a friend. You go through life knowing that you only have a handfull of true friends and she truly was one of mine. I think about her often and ask that God bless each one of you and help you through this difficult time. I love you all very much.

  21. Blair Moore, June 16, 2015

    Dear Charlie and family,

    I was saddened to hear the news about the passing of your daughter Ivy. Although I have been gone from Delaware many years I have fond memories of the area and of you. My prayers are with you

  22. Rev. Kevin & Jenneth Benjamin, June 16, 2015

    Our prayers go out to Robert along with the rest of the Costango and the Neel family. May God’s love and peace sustain you during your time of sorrow.

  23. James Richardson, June 17, 2015

    my deepest sympathies to the family I was totally surprised when I heard the news I work with her a very long time she was the best boss I ever had

  24. Karen and Barry Trimmer (Haman), June 17, 2015

    Mr. and Mrs Neel and the entire Neel family,
    So very sorry to hear about your loss. God bless and please know she was a great role model to all who knew her.

  25. Robert Brandi, June 17, 2015

    Sorry for your loss. I worked with Ivy at DuPont for a few years and she always had a smile on her face and had a way of making your day brighter. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  26. Jim Brosch, June 17, 2015

    I am sad to hear the news of Ivy’s passing……..I was shocked and truly upset to hear the news….My thoughts and prayers to her family during these sad times………I worked with Ivy in the mail room at Louviers for a few years and always ran into her at other Dupont sites after I left Louviers …….Ivy was such a caring person and helped me get out of the mailroom and get a job at Stine Haskell in the shipping department…….I always enjoyed my talks with her and she is someone I will deeply miss….


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