Gridley native, Joe Costa, passed away unexpectedly on Christmas night at Lake Alta, California, while spending the holiday weekend with his family.

Joe was born on April 28, 1955 to Elda and Al Costa, attended Gridley schools, graduating from Gridley High School in 1973. Joe was a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, and a member of the Theta Delta Chi fraternity. It was at Cal that he met his future wife of 39 years, Sandra Neuroth, of Merced, California. Being an enthusiast of travel, the arts, cooking and good food, Joe and Sandra enjoyed an active life together in the Bay Area. They travelled the world, sharing adventures and meeting new friends along the way. Joe’s generosity to his family and friends was unmatched, and it was always a party when he was present, sharing his quick wit and good humor. His 25 years of Cal Football tailgates were legendary. Although he spent his adult life in the Bay Area, Joe never forgot his roots, and continued to share good times and memories with his family and friends in Gridley. Joe spent his professional life as a stock broker, and at the time of his death was Vice President of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, in Oakland, California.

Joe was preceded in death by his father, Al Costa.

In addition to his wife, Sandra, Joe will be dearly missed by his mother, Elda Costa; sisters; Sharon Scott and her husband Rick, of Sacramento, and her sons: Sean Smith, of San Diego and Colin Smith and his wife, Kate, of Sacramento, Melissa Talbott and her husband Steve, and their children, Samuel and Eleanor, all of Bend, Oregon; and uncle, Ralph Panecaldo, of Berkeley, California.

If you would like to make a donation in Joe’s name, memorials may be made to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, the American Heart Association or the charity of your choice.

A Celebration of Life will be held and announced at a future date.