Karen L. Costello

Aug 6, 2019
Costello, Karen news


Memorial Services: 11:00 AM Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Locke Funeral Home, 1519 West 4th St., Waterloo


The family will greet friends from 9:00 AM until services at 11:00 AM at the funeral home


St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Raymond


Memorials to Make-A-Wish Iowa, 3009 100th Street, Urbandale, IA 50322-3220 or Angels Park Memorial for Elizabeth & Lyric, 911 Central Ave., Evansdale, IA 50707.


Karen L. Costello, 62, of Waterloo, died at Cedar Valley Hospice Home on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, from  cancer. She was born October 22, 1956 in Waterloo, daughter of Arthur and Ona Hinkel Buck, and graduated from Waterloo West High School in 1975.


Karen married Robert "Cos" Costello in Waterloo in 1985. She was a 911 emergency dispatcher for Black Hawk County Consolidated Public Safety retiring after 33 years in February 2019.


She was a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters and the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch. She was a committee member for Harleys & Hot Rods and assisted in fundraising for the Make-A-Wish Foundation for 25 years. Karen volunteered with the search effort for Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook-Morrisey including answering the tip line during vacation time.


She enjoyed going to the Mennonite community every spring to buy flowers for her yard. Karen also loved her "girls’ day" once a month for Bloody Mary’s including all their trips together to Kansas City and Omaha. When she wasn't working, Karen loved spending time with her grandchildren.


Karen is survived by her husband; son, Michael‚ both of Waterloo; 5 grandchildren: Damon, Austin, Dakota, Kierra and Arianna; 4 brothers: Jerry (Monica) Buck‚ Germany, Jack (Vicki) Buck‚ Evansdale, John (Tammy) Buck‚ Waterloo, and Jeff (Brenda) Buck‚ Elk Run Heights; 2 sisters, Mary (Dan) Delagardelle‚ La Porte City and Linda (Paul) Clement‚ Colorado; an aunt, Betty (Buzz) Pries‚ Waterloo; many beloved aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and her special girl friends.


She is preceded in death by her parents and 2 brothers, Joe and Jim Buck.


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  1. Lee & Kymm Hinkel | Aug 10, 2019

    Remember Karen as a caring, fun girl. So sorry to hear of her illness and passing.. Condolences  

    to the family.

  2. Angela | Aug 07, 2019

    What a great soul to say goodbye to. Karen was one of the best Dispatchers. It was a privledge to know her. I knew Karen through my work on the WFHC Ambulance. She always had the most pleasant attitude.  My condolences to all her family and friends. Heaven has a new Angel. 



  3. Carol Stocker Woodward | Aug 07, 2019
    So sorry to hear of Karen's passing, my condolences  to her family.

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