In Memory of




Obituary for Tracy Jean Costello

It is with deep and profound sadness that the family of Tracy Jean Costello announce
her passing on February 19, 2024, in Berlin, VT. She was the daughter of the late John
and Eulie Costello, Tracy was a beloved mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend to
many, and will be dearly missed.
Tracy was born on August 4, 1958 in Towanda, PA. As both the eldest and only
daughter in a family of five children, she was raised knowing there was no challenge too
big to overcome. She graduated from Goshen High School, NY in 1976. Always on the
move, she was a cheerleader in the fall, an alpine racer in the winter, a baseball
scorekeeper in the spring, and a year-round member of the National Honor Society.
What free time she had was spent reading, crafting, and valiantly attempting to corral
her brothers (succeeding more often than not).
Tracy enrolled in 1976 at Norwich University in Vermont, during which time the
enrollment of women at the University was in its infancy. Her role at Norwich was, like
her, novel and unique. She persevered and applied her love of Mathematics and
aptitude for sports into work as a Sports Statistician with the University, earning her the
distinction of being one of the first students to have a phone in her dorm room so she
could promptly report on game statistics to the local papers. Tracy graduated with a
Bachelor of Science in 1980.
Following her graduation, Tracy briefly worked as a lab technician in New York City, after
which she moved back to the Green Mountain State and began her career at IDX and
Allscripts, where she worked until 2018. In recent years, she enjoyed working in Edward
Jones offices throughout Vermont.
Tracy made a home for herself in Vermont, and before long she welcomed her beloved
son, John Francis (Sam). John was the light and the center of Tracy’s life, and she loved
being his mom. The two of them went on endless adventures together, including a
month-long trip through Australia, and shared countless laughs, jokes, experiences, and
John shared Tracy’s love of sports, and the two spent countless hours watching hockey
and football games, as well as soccer, horse racing, little league baseball, and the list
goes on. They would often attend Norwich University hockey games, and she was
passionately involved in Harwood Youth Hockey programs during John’s youth. A1
Hockey Mom to her bones, she knew every cold bleacher and every snack bar in
Tracy lived a rich, full, and love-filled life. She was deeply involved in the Norwich Class
of 1980 alumni group and was a skilled knitter and crafter, avid reader, and ardent
traveler. She loved spending time on the coast, packing herself a picnic and a good
book to enjoy with her toes in the sand. And sometimes, with a cocktail in hand (or even
She was preceded in death by her loving parents, John Larkin Costello and Ulilla “Eulie”
Costello, aunt Elizabeth Bryne, uncle Eddie Kulick Sr., and cousin Eddie Kulick Jr.
Tracy is survived by her loving son, John Costello and spouse Emily MacGregor of
Halifax, Canada; brothers John Patrick (Pat) Costello and spouse Audrey of Mena, AR;
Michael Costello and spouse Pamela of Albuquerque, NM; Christopher Costello and
spouse Diana of Moretown, VT; Thomas Costello and spouse Corinna of Danville, VT.
She is also survived by her niece Katie Kuzio and spouse Danny (great nieces Eleanor
and Lydia); Hannah Costello; Meghan Cote-Costello and spouse Anissa; Mary Costello;
Madison Costello; Porter Costello; cousin Richard Condon and spouse Phyl; cousin
John Kulick and spouse Diane; and aunt Suzanne Kulick and cousin Kim Kulick
Tracy was one of a kind. She was a warm, witty, outgoing presence, always ready with a
laugh, a smile, and usually a batch of cookies to share. She will be deeply and
profoundly missed.
Visiting hours and a short memorial will be held on Sunday March 3, 2024, at the
Perkins-Parker Funeral Home in Waterbury, VT from 4:00-6:00 pm. We welcome all to
join us, who loved her so much, to come together to laugh, cry, share stories, and honor
and celebrate our mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. In lieu of flowers, the family
requests that donations are made to your local youth hockey teams, a cause that Tracy
cared so deeply about. The interment will take place in the Norwich University Cemetery, on Wednesday May 15, 2024, at 11:00 am , With a reception to follow in the Milano Ballroom ( Norwich University Campus).