Samuel A. Teolis, Supervisor | Carmella M. Teolis, Funeral Director

Mr. Donald J. ‘Ducky” Costa, 86

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, Christian, athlete, educator, coach, mentor, and friend, Donald J. “Ducky” Costa, of Frankin township,  passed peacefully to his eternal reward on Tuesday, November 28, 2023, surrounded by his loving family.

Donald was born February 17th, 1937, in Ellwood City, the son of the late Patsy and Clara (Statti) Costa. Donald was a longtime Principal and English teacher.  His passion was coaching football which he did at a number of High Schools and Colleges with a career spanning 60 years. He was especially proud of his quarterbacks who became like family members for a while.  He was a member of the Concord Global Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Pamela Costa; and three children, Christine Uremovich of Reading, Patrick Costa of Ellwood City, and David Costa of Pittsburgh; seven grandchildren, Dylan, Brianna, Jackson, Rocco, Cameron, Taylor and Wyatt; and sisters, Jan (Jim) Hergenrother of Denver, CO, and Stephanie (Steve) Jaeger of Cleveland, Oh.

He was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother, Emma (Morabito) Costa, sister, Frances “Kena” Battaglia and son-in-law, George Uremovich.

Visitation will be held on Friday, December 1st, 2023 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm, and December 2nd, from 12:00 until the time of funeral service at 1:00 pm at the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., with Reverend Chris Kindle officiating. Online condolences may be sent to A special thank you goes out to the care givers at the Amedisys and Three Oaks Hospice.


  • Rick & Cindy Cancelliere Posted November 30, 2023 3:02 pm

    We are so sorry to hear that Don passed. You have our sincere condolences .

  • Kevin L Hamilton Posted November 30, 2023 3:14 pm

    To Mr. Costa’s family,

    Thank you for letting us the chance to get to know this WONDERFUL human being.

    Thank you Mr. Costa for making our high school years so fun and enjoyable.

    To his family, please keep a Faith in our God and He will help you along the times ahead.

    Kevin L. Hamilton

  • Jason Wargo Posted November 30, 2023 7:28 pm

    My condolences to Pam and the family. May God give you comfort with the knowledge that you know that Don is with his Lord and Savior in heaven. I have never met a more gracious, and giving man than Don. I will always cherish the moments we spent together while coaching together at Geneva. Those trips down to Wendy’s after practice, and our discussions on politics were very special to me. Don was my coach, colleague, mentor and great friend, and I loved him

  • Brad Miller Posted December 1, 2023 7:30 am

    My heart goes out to Pam and family. Don was one great guy. So many great memories during his time at Northwestern. Our football club would drive Don nuts with all the antics . he was having as much fun as we were. Don was a great coach, administrator, Friend , Father and Husband. Rest in peace old friend.

  • Lynda Mistick Posted December 1, 2023 8:51 am

    Don’t laugh but I met Ducky in the hot tub at the New Brighton YMCA once several years ago (probably around 2010). Such a sweet and personable man – we just started chatting and I looked forward to seeing him there often. Then I realized that he knew my step-father from high school and that added another layer of friendship. I am so very sorry for your loss and I will keep your whole family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Fred Suhre Posted December 1, 2023 7:25 pm

    I am sorry for your loss.

  • Ricky Pinksaw Posted December 3, 2023 6:22 pm

    I was saddened to hear of Coach Don “Ducky” Costa’s passing. I was blessed to play football for Coach Costa at Mercyhurst College. Being a Riverside High School graduate it was nice to have my college coach be from Ellwood City. Rest in Peace, Coach You made a difference in my life and made a positive impact on me.

  • Sam Nardone Posted December 3, 2023 7:29 pm

    I just opened the Sunday paper to find the obituary . Pam, Christine, Patrick, and David: I so sorry for your loss. I’m sure Don will leave many lasting memories with you all. You are in our prayers. Sam

  • Susan zona Posted December 11, 2023 3:30 pm

    Dear Pam and families,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. I really liked and respected Ducky and Sam idolize and adored him. You all have my deepest sympathy and prayers.

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