Elizabeth Fitzgerald-Costa

Date of Passing:

February 20, 2018

Costa-Fitzgerald, Elizabeth C., 73, of Colonial Avenue, Barrington, died peacefully on February 20, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of Leslie F. Costa Jr.

Born in Providence, a daughter of the late John and Christine (Quigley) Fitzgerald, she lived in Barrington for 27 years.

Mrs. Fitzgerald-Costa was a Clinical Social Worker in private practice for 45 years before retiring in 2014.

Elizabeth was a graduate of Simmons College Class of 1966 and then received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work, Class of 1968. She was a member of the Greater Tiverton Community Chorus, the Hampton Meadows Garden Club and the National Association of Social Workers. She enjoyed reading, painting, singing, the arts and travel.

Besides her husband of 43 years, she is survived by a daughter, Johanna L. Costa of Albir, Spain; a son, Justin F. Costa of Austin, Texas; a brother, John Fitzgerald of Boynton Beach, Florida and a sister Christine Fitzgerald of Wickford.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Calling Hours in the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside on Friday February 23, 2018 from 4-8 p.m. Burial will be private.

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  1. To the family of Bettine, I think of her so often, she was such a treasure. I started seeing her when she was working at Corrigan in Fall River, and then from her home. I followed her everywhere after that, she was always there when I needed her. I sure do miss her.

  2. I’ve been afraid to find out why Bettine left her practice. Finally I searched her out a year after she’d died. Her death breaks my heart.
    I worked with her in therapy–she helped me begin to appreciate the positive
    aspects of myself and of my life. I miss her very much. If she referred to another therapist, a colleague with whom she shared trust, I would like to work with that person. I’m in the phone book!
    Bettine’s family should know that her legacy is one of compassion as a person married to expertise as a therapist. And that she helped many people.
    Ross Beatty, Providence, RI

  3. Dear Les & Family,

    I met Bettine through a friend, and enjoyed spending many gatherings with her and our Body & Soul group over the years. I just found out and therefore was not able to attend the funeral. I have thought of Bettine many times over the past few months. Now I know why. Blessings, Deborah

  4. Dear Family of Bettine,
    I just learned of your loss and wanted to send my sincere sympathy. I am one of the many lucky clients who was fortunate to find Bettine. She was a skilled and wonderful therapist, and a kind and caring person. She spoke of her family with great pride and love. She will be remembered and missed by many. I hope you are all finding some peace in your good memories of her.

  5. So sorry for your loss. Bettine helped me through many dark times with her incredible compassion and insight. Her life was a blessing for very many people.

  6. So very sorry for your loss, Les.

  7. Les, Johanna & Justin,

    Allow me to express my heartfelt sympathy and condolences on the passing of Bettine.
    She was a wonderfully sincere, intellectual and talented woman. I remember with great fondness my youth and early interactions with my cousin Bettine. Even though we were separated by geographical distance, my mother and Bettine’s mother would exert great efforts to bring the two families together. We would have overnight visits to the Fitzgerald’s in East Greenwich and later in Warwick. Likewise, the Fitzgeralds would visit with the Barteks in Somerset. And there were the Quigley family get togethers on Union St. in Taunton. Of all the cousins, Bettine was perhaps the most reserved, but there was no doubt that she was also the most fascinating and unique. She will be greatly missed. God grant her eternal peace.

    Nick Bartek
    7240 Coventry Court, #312
    Naples, FL 34104

  8. Les
    I want to tell you how sorry I am for you and your family at the loss of this special woman. She fought a hard fight and I am so glad that you had the chance to spend so many wonderful years sharing adventures with her.

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