Formerly of Woodstock, N.Y.

Regina Rose Costa of the Villages, Lady Lake, Fla., passed away on May 23, 2007. She was born in Woodstock, N.Y. on September 7, 1921 and was the daughter of the late James and Josephine Burke Riley.

Rene (Reenie) was one of the first AT&T telephone operators in Woodstock and said it was the best paying job in town: $25.00 a week. She and her husband, Charles, owned and operated the Hurley Avenue Deli in Kingston for several years and later she was employed at the Golden Hill Health Care Facility, retiring in 1977.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years and the love of her life, Charles Rosario Costa of Lady Lake, Fla.; her three daughters and their husbands: Sharon "Annie" and Richard Day of Kingston, Susan and Steven Gadaleto of New Paltz, and Victoria and Douglas Uridel of Leesburg, Fla.; six grandchildren: Lisa Jean and Henry Bunce, Stacie Regina Becker, Steven Gadaleto and his wife, Aimee, Kathleen Regina and Joseph Uridel; seven great-grandchildren: Rachel and Genna Kleinman, Brooke Ann Rhodes, Maya and Shawn Becker, Alexana and Timothy Gadeleto and one great-great-granddaughter, Angel May Rhodes. She was predeceased by her parents, her brother, James, and her daughter, Colleen Regina, twin sister of Sharon.

Her kind and gentle spirit, her strength and wonderful Irish wit and charm will be dearly missed and always remembered. She loved to travel, ready to go at a moments notice, and she loved to ride motorcycles. She and her husband took a two month cross country motorcycle trip after her retirement.

A Memorial Scholarship in her Memory will be established at Trinity Catholic High School in Ocala, Fla. This scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior pursuing a career in Nursing. Donations may be sent to: Trinity Catholic High School Regina Rose Costa Scholarship Fund, 2600 Southwest 42nd St., Ocala, FL 34474.

Her Mass will be celebrated in St. Joseph's Church in New Paltz, N.Y. on Friday, June 1, at 11 a.m. Burial will take place in the Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery.

Arrangements are entrusted to Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory, Leesburg, Fla.