Rita Beatrice Costa

South Hadley—Rita Beatrice (Gates) Costa, 86, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at Mont Marie Healthcare Center. Daughter of the late Clarence and Margaret (Mitchell) Gates, she was born in Ludlow on January 13, 1936

Rita enjoyed life to the fullest. She had a smile that lit up the room and was loved by all who knew her. Rita loved spending time with her family and friends, listening to Elvis and playing cards.

Rita will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her, including her daughter, Susan Bernard of Boston, Christine Auffrey of Chicopee, and Jodi Sierzego and her fiancé, Dennis Winot, of South Hadley; her son, Scott Costa and his partner, Kathleen Stoll, of Springfield; her 5 grandchildren, Abbie, Sarah, Nicholas, Justin, and Tara; her 2 great-grandchildren, Cameron and Colby; as well as many extended family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, Rita is predeceased by her 2 sons, Mark and Steven Auffrey, as well as her 8 siblings.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 21, 2022 from 4pm-7pm at Beers & Story South Hadley, 646 Newton St. A memorial service will begin at 7pm. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Rita's name to a charity of one's choice.