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Geraldine "Jerri" Costa

Passed 04/30/2022

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Obituary For Geraldine "Jerri" Costa

It is with profound sadness and broken hearts that we, the family of Geraldine (Jerri) Costa, born in Manhattan, NYC, daughter of the late Sydelle (Stern) and Louis Costa, announce her passing at Saint Vincent’s Nursing Home, Halifax, NS on April 30th, 2022 at the age of 88.
Jerri Costa dazzled family, friends and acquaintances with her beauty inside and out along with her ever recognizable New York, New York voice frame of mind and attire! After leaving the world of High Fashion, New York City, Jerri decided on a more serene life and moved with her family to Bear River, Nova Scotia. It was in Bear River that she began the Icarus Candle Shop…Jerri could do anything and she did! Soon she continued on to add bus tours around Bear River and environs and more. During her time in Bear River she travelled to Digby and worked at the Metropolitan store as she never wanted her daughters to go without so even though she did not enjoy that work and it paid very little she stayed there for a couple of years. After many loving years in Bear River Jerri later moved to Digby.
When Jerri first moved to Digby she worked at the Digby Medical Centre and enjoyed that work very much. Jerri always wanted to make a difference in the communities she lived in and always thought how could she impact her community even more…Jerri was so community driven and always made sure she was actively participating in the communities she lived in. It was her mission to improve the lives of others in whatever way she could and to help people reach their full potential. She was employed as Supervisor at the Provincial Digby Resource Centre which is where she began her human service work which she loved. When she Was hired by the Province of NS work she continued her work with DALA because it was her dream to continue that work with those she wanted to make a difference for.
Perhaps, her most outstanding achievement was the founding of the Digby Area Learning Association (DALA). Jerri single handedly fundraised enough money to create the Digby Area Learning Association which later on was ultimately brought under the aegis of the Nova Scotia Community College. She was Director of the Digby Area Learning Association and her impact was extraordinary as she was instrumental in helping those she worked with to changing their lives for the better. If asked, they would tell you she made a huge difference in their lives. When she was hired by the Province of NS work she continued her work with DALA because it was her dream to continue that work as the impact she had on those she worked with was always something she cherished.
After several years in Digby she then moved to Annapolis Royal. Jerri had chutzpah! You had to admire her for her many achievements. In Annapolis Jerri became involved in the Arts community and her special love was joining a painting group of women who all became the dearest of friends. With no prior experience, she became a more than acceptable painter and like everything else excelled in her art and in making great life-long friends. Her Wolfville gang was a highlight in her life – she would meet with them every month to have lunch, laugh, share stories and made lots of memories with them. She also managed to fit into her schedule - both acting and dancing in the local theatre. In addition, she also became deeply involved as a volunteer with many groups and in 2009, was selected as Volunteer of the Year for Annapolis County. To add a few of her many accomplishments - were Chairman of the Digby Chamber of Commerce, Chair of Kings Theatre, Deputy Chair of the Cornwallis Park Development…and don’t forget, she was a great friend…she loved to party…she loved people near and far…Jerri never met a stranger!
Jerri was a fixture at the Bedford Basin Farmer’s Market where she went every day for coffee and then for lunch with her family every Sunday. She became so well- known there and the staff treated her like family. There was never a person she wouldn’t talk too and who she always told she loved.
She adored her entire family as saw them as the gift of her greatest accomplishments! Her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren were everything to her and her love for them was immeasurable. Mindy and Caryn would like to say that our mom had some many outstanding accomplishments in every way, with her professional accolades, friends and colleagues, we wish to take a minute to say what having her as a mother meant. She single handedly raised us to afford us every opportunity she felt would be great for us. Her hard work allowed us to go to sleep away camp every summer to get out of the city. She enrolled us in art classes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art so we could explore culture. She never wavered, never faltered, and no matter the situation she was always there for us. There were so many things she did, too numerous to mention. She worked multiple jobs as her only objective was to provide the best life, she could for us. Nova Scotia became her home, she embraced it and Nova Scotia embraced her. Mom was fierce in her love for family and protected us at all costs. She loved unconditionally even when we were at fault (which we did not get away with). It’s very difficult to put into a few words what she meant to us, but to all who knew her knows she was the rock of this family. Mom, we couldn’t love you more. Go in peace knowing you were so loved and your impact on so many. You will be forever etched in all of us. We know you are at peace. Heaven has gained an angel. We will hold you in our hearts each and every day. You were always the one, you will always be the one and we will honor you always. We love you endlessly.
Jerri leaves behind her loving husband, Wayne Morgan, her special daughters, Mindy Thaler of Powder Springs, Georgia, Caryn Small Legs-Nagge (Patrick) of Waverley, Nova Scotia, her precious and special granddaughters Jodi Nicholson of Fall River, NS, Sara Ordinelli (Nick) of Elmsdale, NS, and Erica Nagge (Michael) of Dartmouth, NS , her most loved and treasured great grandchildren, Avah, Ameliah and Elijah Nicholson…as well as her loving brother Robert Costa (Christie) of Wellfleet, Mass. and her loving sister, Lynn Nance (Kent) of Boca Raton, Florida
A very special thanks for love and laughter goes to a good friend, her home care worker Chris Murphy, (Jerri’s Chrissy) who spent every day for the past several years singing his heart out, telling jokes and taking tender and loving caring of Jerri in a way that was always above and beyond. Jerri always said Chris was a part of our family and considered him one of her children.
Special thanks to Beth Earle, a longtime and dear friend to Jerri for many, many years. Jerri would often say Beth was her best friend - Beth called Jerri every week and their conversations were always full of love and lots of laughter.
Jerri had many, many friends in Bear River, Digby and Annapolis Royal and we thank them all for being a big part of Jerri’s life.
Our deepest gratitude to the 5th Floor staff at Saint Vincent’s Nursing Home who provided comfort care to Jerri in her final weeks. As well to the Neurology team on 7.4 at the Halifax Infirmary for the excellent care provided to Jerri during the three months prior to being transferred to Saint Vincent’s.
Cremation has taken place. A private family service will be held in the next week. There will be a celebration of life later this summer for all Jerri’s friends and other family members who live away and wish to share their fond memories of Jerri. A date for this event will be provided in the coming weeks.

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  • 05/14/2022

    Dear Mindy and Caryn, and Wayne, my deepest sympathies to you. Jerri was an angel on earth. With love, Jo Courtenay.

  • 05/12/2022

    Jerry you will be missed by many especially the people at the Royal Gardens. You were always so loving and made us all laugh. My heart feels for Wayne and family.

  • 05/05/2022

    To all of Jerri's family I send sincere condolences. I had the honour of being one of those people that Jerri said "I love you" to. I loved her too. I met Jerri when I moved to Annapolis Royal and she was so good to me. We danced and laughed often. I am so thankful that she came into my life albeit a short time. Blessings Rev. Ruby Carter

  • 05/04/2022

    I did not have the pleasure of knowing Jeri till we moved to Bear River, and she was living in Annapolis Royal. She was everything everyone has said and more. She had endless energy and determination. She will be long remembered. May her memory be a blessing. Dove Ballon

  • 05/04/2022

    Mindy, Caryn and family. I am so sorry to hear about your moms passing. She certainly was someone special. I will always remember her big smile, hugs and words of wisdom whenever Mindy and the gang got together "girls stay out of trouble". Rest in peace Jerri💕 Gail (Goguen)Driscoll

  • 05/04/2022

    My condolences to Wayne and the family. Jerri's creative energy, along with her warmth and compassion were special gifts, to her own community and many friends elsewhere. Saralee (Lee) Lewis, Wolfville, NS

  • 05/04/2022

    Condolences Wayne and family. Jerri was an amazing woman and will be missed. - Donna Lee Butler

  • 05/04/2022

    As a teenager who was recovering from a parental divorce, every time I had the pleasure of being in Jerri's company, I felt loved. She had this amazing warmth and magnetic personality. I always admired her relationship with Mindy and Caryn, she was devoted to them. She was a great mom to you both. I had no idea of her subsequent accomplishments but it is no surprise. My deepest sympathies to you and all your families. Natalie Nichols

  • 05/04/2022

    My sincere condolences to Mindy,Caryn and Families. Words cannot express the pain your feeling. Only know that there are many who grieve with you. Love to You all. Rest In Peace Jerri.

  • 05/04/2022

    Oh my, what a wonderful tribute to a dear soul. Heaven won't know what hit it! I first met Jerri when she was involved with Hospice in Digby. She always had a finger in many pies and always made the pie better. Later we were both a part of the "Pack" and enjoyed many a good & supportive time together. Wayne, you gave Jerri a safe stable home and moved with her so she could be nearer her children & grandchildren. She felt so loved by her family and her many friends. Jerri lived her life to the fullest, pay it forward Gail

  • 05/04/2022

    Condolences to your family on Jerry's passing. A wonderful caring individual, proud of her roots and heritage, will be missed by all whose lives she touched.

  • 05/04/2022

    Jerri was an amazing soul who shared her smile readily with all. You always felt better after talking to Jerri. My condolences

  • 05/04/2022

    Mindy and Caryn, I am so sorry to hear of Jerri's passing. She was a terrific person. There were many times she would bring me home from school after her shift at the Met. I always liked to go to the Candle Shop to have chats with her. She always made time to talk no matter how busy she was. She will be missed. Love to all of you from Dale & Ken Mosher and family. xo

  • 05/04/2022

    Like everyone I will miss that smile and those hugs! Bill (and Nancy) Smith, Annapolis County NS

  • 05/04/2022

    To Jerri's Family. I so enjoyed working with Jerri , she in Digby and I in Annapolis with the Employment Support Centres. She was a wonderful friend and co-worker; sharing her expertise with programs and possibilities. She had amazing energy which she put into everything she was involved in. Travelling to meetings and conferences we shared many stories and laughter to keep us entertained during our travels. She will be deeply missed. She was a wonderful lady. Rest in Peace Jerri. God Bless.

  • 05/04/2022

    Mindy and Karen, Jerri is unforgettable. She taught me to bake challah, babka, rugulah, and bialy. And when the first attempts were less than ideal, she would offer gentle suggestions about how, the next time, my results would please me more. Your mother was a positive, pragmatic, and steadying influence since we first met more than forty years ago. I do not mourn her passing but celebrate the serendipity and subsequent joy of having known her. My god, she could make me laugh. -Doug Dockrill

  • 05/03/2022

    I'm sorry to hear the news. I got to know Jerri when my wife and I moved to Annapolis in 2012. She was a force of nature, very often VERY funny and totally unable to tolerate humbug. Condolences to all who loved her.

  • 05/03/2022

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a beautiful soul. I'll never forget her sweet smile! Angel Crowell

  • 05/03/2022

    Mom There isn't enough space to write everything! You were my everything, my mom, my friend, my confidant The impact you made on this earth is second to none I will miss you and love you until I take my last breath Thank you for all you were to all of us Love you eternally and endlessly Mindy

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