Dec. 26, 2018

JoAnn C. Costigan, 79, of Litchfield, died on Wednesday Dec. 26, at Meeker Manor in Litchfield. A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at First Lutheran Church in Litchfield. Visitation will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Memorials may be given to the Litchfield High School Library or First Lutheran Church in Litchfield.

JoAnn Carrie (Steffensen) Costigan was born Sept. 15, 1939, on a farm near Joice, Iowa. She was the daughter of Arthur and Zilpha (Oleson) Steffensen. Growing up on the farm, the last of 11 children, JoAnn attended country school until the middle of 3rd grade. JoAnn's father, Arthur died suddenly at the age of 42 when JoAnn was just 10 years old. A few years later, Zilpha moved to the small town of Buffalo Center, Iowa, just one block from the Costigan household, half a block if you took the alley.

JoAnn graduated in 1957 from the Buffalo Center, Iowa, high school. She worked as an assistant to the superintendent for two years after graduating. In August of 1959, JoAnn married Thomas Allan Costigan. JoAnn and Tom lived in Mankato while Tom finished his college education and had his first job as a teacher in Mapleton. JoAnn worked at Mankato State College, now Minnesota State University, as head of the receiving and duplicating department, during this time

JoAnn and Tom moved to Litchfield when their first child, Terri, was one year old. They raised three children, creatively named Terri, Todd, and Tim. JoAnn was a stay at home mom when the children were young and was the exceptional mom. She served as an “adopted mom” to many! Holidays were lovely. Her frosted Christmas cookies and brownies were loved by all. Her smile lit up a room. She was kind and service minded, serving individuals and organizations passionately.

JoAnn was involved in many community activities throughout the years, particularly in church. She was a charter member of the Litchfield Study Club, board member at the Litchfield Public Library, and was very active at First Lutheran Church, Morning Circle, WELCA, Serving Group, Caring Visitors, and BREW. She often spoke of very interesting discussions and wonderful women that attended the BREW group. She was also a proud Lioness.

JoAnn went back to work when her youngest son, Tim, entered the first grade. She was the media assistant, doing double duty as the nurse's aide at the Litchfield High School for nearly 30 years from 1976 to 2005 when she retired. Everyone at the high school knew her as Mrs. C. She loved the job and all of the kids she would get to know and support over the years. JoAnn enjoyed reading, attending plays and concerts of all kinds, and attending many events to watch and support her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed traveling over the years to the Bahamas, Hawaii, Rome and many trips to Germany to visit Todd, Annette, and Regina. 

JoAnn is survived by her husband Tom Costigan; three children and their spouses, Terri Draxten (Fusi Suleimana), Todd Costigan (Annette Berger), and Tim Costigan (Iwona); four grandchildren, Karissa Chevallier (Christopher), Ian Draxten (Helena Most), Brett Boldt, and Regina Costigan; one great-grandchild Sienna Chevallier; siblings, Betty Mitchell, Jeanette Ennen, and Marvin Steffensen; sisters and brother-in-law, Clarine, Delores, and Susan Steffensen, Mick and Lois Costigan, Christina Costigan, Mary Steen, Dixie Costigan; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Arthur and Zilpha Steffensen; brothers, Devere, Cecil, Garth, Clyde, and Don Steffensen; sisters, Elaine Yates and Mae Anderson; and numerous beloved brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

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