Mr. William R. Costa

December 9, 1968 - February 17, 2019

Mr. William R. Costa


William R. Costa, 50, of Belvidere, Illinois, went to be with his Lord and Savior on February 17, 2019. He was born on December 9, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois to Santo and Bonnie (Stanley) Costa. William married the love of his life, Beth (Corbett), on May 15, 1999 in Loves Park, Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois where he received his Bachelor of Science in Ceramic Engineering. He worked for Tetra Pak in Vernon Hills, Illinois for many years.

William attended St. Rita Catholic Church in Rockford, Illinois. He was very active in the programs for the Boy Scouts of America, including Troop and Crew #181. William enjoyed spending time with his family, woodworking, cooking, and scouting.

William is loved and missed dearly by his wife and his parents; his children Julia and Jacob; his brother John Costa; sister-in-law Jennifer (Emil) Wisdom; grandmother-in-law Ann Newman; his nieces and nephews Samantha Wolff, Danny (Amber) Wolff, Gabbie Wolff, Tia Alvarez, Helena Alvarez, Sydney and Lauren Costa; and multiple cousins.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents and his infant sister.

The family would like to thank the nurses at Heartland Hospice and their many special friends who have walked this journey with them.

A visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Friday, February 22, 2019. A Funeral Mass will follow the visitation at 11:00 a.m. at St. Rita’s Catholic Church, 6254 Valley Knoll Drive, Rockford, IL, 61109. A “celebration of life” luncheon will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at BSA Program Center, 7194 Vandiver Road, Rockford, IL, 61112.The family encourages Scouts and Scouters to wear their uniforms to William’s services.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the family that will be split equally between UW-Madison Cancer Research Center and Blackhawk Area Council, BSA.

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Service Schedule

Friday, February 22, 2019
10:00 am - 10:45 am

St. Rita Catholic Church


A visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Friday, February 22, 2019

Friday, February 22, 2019
11:00 am

St. Rita Catholic Church


A Funeral Mass will follow the visitation at 11:00 a.m. at St. Rita’s Catholic Church, 6254 Valley Knoll Drive, Rockford, IL, 61109.

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Beth – So sorry to hear of your loss. I talked to your grandma the other day. Will keep you in my prayers. God Bless – Adeline Quick

Adeline Quick 2019-02-25T14:25:52

May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
And the rains fall soft upon your fields

Aunt DeeDee & Uncle Jim 2019-02-25T08:21:42

My Sympathies to the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Thomas J Nowak 2019-02-23T09:33:36

My deepest sympathies to the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Adeline Quick

Adeline Quick 2019-02-22T17:55:21

Beth & Kids,

We are thinking of you all today and praying for your family. We were happy to have known Bill for all these years as he was such a pleasant man. Always nice, friendly and talkative. He will be missed by many. Hoping you stay strong and lean on those you can help guide you during this time of need. May we all be better people for having known your wonderful husband.

Kelly & Pete Fiore 2019-02-22T17:11:55

Thinking of you today Beth and your family. “Sorry for your loss” seems so inadequate for your loss but I have no other words to offer other than you are loved.

Janet Milton 2019-02-22T16:44:28

Such a shock to hear of Bill’s passing. I worked with Bill for a number of years at Engineered Ceramics, and consider him one of the finest friends I had in my working career. He was an excellent Engineer with a sharp and inquisitive mind who could solve seemingly any problem we encountered.
We unfortunately lost touch a few years back when I retired and moved to Colorado, so news of Bill’s passing came as a shock to us. The loss of such a fine young family man is profoundly saddening, and I will miss him greatly.
Our deepest condolences to Beth and the entire Costa family.

Eldon & Carol Rohlena 2019-02-22T11:45:40

We will always remember Bill as one of the nicest, giving, friendliest people we have known. We always loved how he carried everything in his backpack. He was Always Prepared. God bless his family and comfort them.

Schwartz family 2019-02-21T14:41:32

Our hearts are heavy for you as you grieve your beloved Bill’s passing. Our great God, who has promised eternal life to His children, always keeps his word. Imagine the glorious things Bill is experiencing now! Someday, we will all be together again beholding the face of God with our loved ones!
God’s peace and comfort, Beth, Julia, and Jacob.
Love you all,
Cousin Mary and Jim

Mary Hall 2019-02-21T11:42:56

My heart is with all of you.Bill is healed and with the Lord and you will see Him again.May the Lord be with you and comfort you in only a way He can and give you strength to carry on.Before dad passed we talked about it and his wise words to me were you have to pick up with your life and go on. Words I’ll never forget and live by so I’ll pass that on to you.Love you always aunt Darlene.

Darlene L 2019-02-21T08:35:17


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