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Lois E. (Mabus) Costigan

April 28, 1941 ~ May 14, 2021 (age 80)


Lois E. Costigan, age 80 of Newport, Minnesota passed away unexpectedly on May 14, 2021 from complications due to Covid 19 with her family by her side.

A celebration of her life will be planned at a later date.

Lois was born April 28, 1941 in Buffalo Center, Iowa to Maynard and Ione (Banta) Mabus.  She grew up in Buffalo Center and graduated from high school in 1960.  She completed her secretarial training at  Mankato Commercial College started working for Green Giant in Le Sueur, Minnesota in the human resources department. 

She was married to her longtime sweetheart, Larry Costigan on September 15, 1962 in Buffalo Center at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  They lived in Mankato, Minnesota and Manhattan, Kansas where Larry completed his education.  They moved to Newport in 1966 where she worked as a secretary at various places through the years.  She loved collecting teddy bears, fishing, playing cards with friends and visits to the casino.

In 1976 Lois and her family started collecting crystals which eventually she and Larry turned into a their business, which they called Costigan’s Minerals in 1980.  They travelled extensively which allowed them to find unique minerals throughout the US.  They attended trade shows across the Midwest and made countless friends that she cherished.

She also worked closely with Park High School Athletics where she oversaw many areas including data organization, ticketing and scoring to name a few.

They enjoyed winters in Tucson, Arizona for the last 20 years.  She had a spunky, straight forward personality who always had something witty to offer.  She had a kind heart and will be dearly missed.

Survived by her husband of 58 years Larry; son Brian (Michele); granddaughters Ashley and Alexa; sisters Arliss Hove and Eleanor Winter and many nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her parents.

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