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Walter A. Costello

Beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend;


Walter A. Costello, 91, of Lowell, passed away peacefully at Lowell General Hospital on Wednesday January 6, 2021 after a brief illness.
He was the loving husband of the late Olga V. (Harmacinski) Costello.
Born in Dracut, Massachusetts, December 9, 1929, the son of the late John J. and the late Catherine (Delehanty) Costello, he attended Dracut schools and was a graduate of Keith Academy in the Class of 1947.
A veteran of the Korean War, Walter proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy.
Following the war, he graduated from Merrimack College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
Prior to his retirement after 30 years, Walter was the Director of Financial Aid for Lowell Technological Institute (later known as UMass Lowell). Previously, he worked for Raytheon Corporation in Andover for many years.
A dedicated veteran, he was a member of the Dracut Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Dracut American Legion. 
Walter also loved to play golf with family and friends and enjoyed gardening around his house and he was a devoted fan of the University of Notre Dame
He is survived by two daughters Kathleen A. Costello and her fiancé Robert Oliver of Raymond, NH and Karen M. Green and her husband Jack of Lowell; three grandchildren Ryan Przydzial and his wife Erica of Stoneham, Jay Green and Alanna Green both of Dracut; a sister Norma L. Sheppard of Dracut; and many nieces and nephews. He was looking forward to the birth of his first great grandchild, Maximilian George Przydzial, who is due in February.
He was also the brother of the late Kathleen Cahill, the late Richard J. Costello and the late John J. Costello; brother-in-law of the late Robert W. Sheppard and the late William F. Cahill and uncle of the late Nancy Mullen Misiazek.
Due to gathering restrictions, all services were held privately for the family with burial in St. Mary Cemetery. A Celebration of Walter’s Life will be held at a later date when it is safe for family and friends to gather. E-condolences at . Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL, MA – (978) 458-8768.

Condolences (5)
  • Michael Downes
    Dear Norma, Sorry to hear of the passing of your brother, Walter. Always friendly and kind hearted when I saw him at family gatherings or sometimes when I would walk in the neighborhood with my mother, Donna. Sincerely, Michael Downes [Rita (Frechette) Dunfey’s grandson] And Alanna, So sorry to hear about your grandfather passing away. He always remembered me when I would see him on rare family occasions. Sincerely, Your 3rd cousin, Michael Downes (aka Mikey Guinness from the Old Court) Please extend my condolences to the rest of Walter’s family.
  • Stephen Collins
    As a former financial aid administrator myself, and more recently an Accounting professor (now retired) at UML, I knew Walter for many years and always enjoyed our meetings and conversations. He was a well-respected, good-natured, and hard-working individual who was very loyal to the University and undoubtedly helped countless students complete their education with the financial assistance that his office was able to provide. I hope he was proud of what he was able to accomplish at LTI and later UML. He certainly had a right to be. My sincere condolences to his family.
  • Coach Bill Riley
    Walter, as Director of Financial Aid , was instrumental in the success of all of the athletic teams at Lowell Tech, Lowell University and U Mass Lowell. He was always there to support the financial aid needs of student athletes Walter helped a multitude of students through financial aid to succeed in the classroom and to be able to graduate. i was impressed by Walter's dedication from the first time I met him prior to my interview for the Lowell Tech job. i knew the athletic program at LTI/UML could be successful with his commitment. Under Walter's support the athletic teams at the university won 3 nation championships in hockey, 1 in basketball, 1 is cross country, and 1 in field hockey. In addition the football team qualified for the NCAA division 3 tournament. . All were remarkable accomplishments that elevated UML's athletic status to division 1. Walter is more a colleague, he was a dear friend, Walter was a great man. I was proud to know him. I look forward to joining all of you at Walter's celebration of life.
  • Jack Campbell  - The Best
    Walter was great guy. Always took good care of me on the Work Study Program at Lowell Tech. He was part of the Keith Academy State Championship Team and I got to know him thru my father who was a member of that team. The picture in the obit represents him well as he always had that smile when you saw him. Good Man - RIP
  • Barbara Droll
    Dear Ryan and Family:. My sincerest condolences to you, your Mom and the rest of your family on the death ofyour Grandfather. I remember him graciously attending the wake ( with other family members) of your Grandmother Helen Przydzial, my Aunt. May Walter rest in peace.
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