Joshua Costa, Salem, Ohio

Gednetz-Ruzek & Brown Funeral Home

January 5, 2020

Joshua Costa, Salem, Ohio - obit
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SALEM, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Joshua Costa, age 41, passed away suddenly after an unexpected illness on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at his home in Reston, Virginia.

Joshua was born on September 16, 1978 in Salem, Ohio to Kathryn and Alex Costa.

Joshua graduated from West Branch High School in Beloit, Ohio in 1997. Joshua graduated from Ohio State University with a degree of Associate in Applied Science in 2002 and George Mason University with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering in 2019.

Joshua worked as a Civil Engineer for Shirley Contracting Company, LLC. Joshua also had been a high school wrestling coach for Broad Run High School in Ashburn, Virginia. Previously, Joshua was involved in coaching for the wrestlers at the Ashburn Elite Wrestling Club in Ashburn, Virginia. Joshua enjoyed coaching and mentoring young wrestlers and continued to follow their progress after their high school graduation.

Joshua was a passionate fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns. Joshua enjoyed playing golf and working out at a fitness club.

Joshua is survived by his maternal grandmother, Margaret (Wright) Wilson; his parents, Alex and Kathryn (Wilson) Costa; his brother, Joseph (Jessica) Costa; his niece, Hannah Costa and nephew, Jack Costa.

Joshua was preceded in death by his grandparents, Alex and Alice Costa and Russell Wilson.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Gednetz-Ruzek-Brown Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m. with pastor Mark Reich officiating.

Friends and family may call two hours before the service from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home on Saturday, January 11.

Interment will take place at Hope Cemetery in Salem, Ohio.

You can sign the guest register online at

Arrangements have been entrusted to Gednetz-Ruzek-Brown Funeral Home, 330-938-2526.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Beat the Streets, Inc., 252 W 37th Street, Suite 400, New York, NY 10018  and Angels for Animals, 4750 South Range Road, Canfield, OH 44406.

To send flowers to Joshua’s family, please visit our floral section.

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