Julie Christine (Brannen) Costello
September 8, 1973 – October 23, 2018.
Survived by daughters, Adeline Costello and Margaret Costello; James Whipple; parents, Dr. Michael and Janet Brannen; siblings, John (Tenycia) Brannen, Paul (Kristy) Brannen, Mary Brannen, James (Anna) Brannen, and Laura (Abby) Brannen; BFFs: Martha Wharton, Molli Surdell, and Michelle McGill; many beloved nieces, nephews, friends and extended family; ex-husband, Christopher Costello.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, October 28th from 3pm to 5pm at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 11802 Pacific, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 5pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Monday, October 29th at 10am at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Interment: Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Julie Costello Memorial Fund.
Julie was born on September 8, 1973 in Omaha, Nebraska, to Dr. Michael and Janet Brannen, who imparted to Julie and her five younger siblings the importance of one’s faith and compassion toward others.
Julie lived her entire life with a childlike enthusiasm. She loved hunting for mushrooms, visiting the Sand Hill cranes, carving pumpkins and listening to Halloween music, working at the OLL Festival, Nebraska City, nature, Music (Ricky Lee Jones, Joni Mitchell, Andrew Bird, Tom Waits), traveling, cruises, eBay, great deals, garage sales, people, being a patient advocate, being a hippy/gypsy, smelling things, looking in the mirror and making a face, dancing (flossing), giving good advice, playing guitar, reading, fierce competition, scrabble, foot rubs, fuzzy socks, warming up with a hairdryer next to her bed, bath pillows, coaching soccer, leading Girl Scouts, the balloon toss at cabin olympics, JJ, Oliver, Scrappy John, Brad the gerbil, vinegar, lemon, Jello Pretzel Salad, Indian food, Barbara Streisand, Ken Burns, David Sedaris, her family, James, her BFFs Martha, Molli and Michelle, and more than anything she loved her two daughters, Addie and Maggie, who have grown to be equally vibrant and inspiring young women.
Julie, our family would not be who we are today without you as our trailblazer. Our culture, tastes, humor, and empathy for others are due, largely in part, to the example you have set. As a mother, sister, daughter, nurse, and unwavering friend and true love, you have impacted our lives and the lives of so many others – more than you’ll ever know or take credit for. And now, after watching you fight as hard as you have with such humility and bravery over these past few months, you’ve given us yet another reason to reflect on who we are, and what is truly important in this life. Thank you, for everything that you’ve given us. We love you so much.