Luiz Costa

Luiz A. CostaOn Sunday afternoon, March 8th, doing what he most enjoyed doing which was to feel like he was accomplishing things, in this case cutting grass, my father Luiz Alberto Machado Costa, aged 69 years old made his passage to some other dimension or place. How he went is irrelevant because he is here no more, but what he left is what will define him forever in the memories and hearts of those who knew and loved him. He left his wife Solange and his daughters Ninive and I, Isadora. I am sure he will always be remembered by his fun and funny personality, for his creative thinking, his stubbornness, his sometimes strange ways of thinking, his long talks, his music, his inventions, the love for his grandchildren, his endurance, his love for passion fruit caipirinha, his hats, his funny faces, his coffee love, his shirts, his sensitivity, his intensity of being, his love for his daughters which was not always understood but that we knew was strong and solid, his love for his siblings, his loyal friendship and much much more. He will be strongly missed by all his family and friends but will live forever in our hearts and in the stories we tell about him. My father was a simple man, a man who was always reinventing himself, always in pursuit of something I don’t even know if he fully understood what that something was, but do any of us? I can’t say goodbye… goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no separation. I welcome grief because it too is a part of life and I know that you will always be here with us dad.
In life I loved you dearly, in death I love you still, in my heart you hold a place that none could ever fill.
Isadora Pereira Costa
The funeral service will be held on Monday, March 16, 2020, at 10:30 am, at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 1924 Coolidge Road, East Lansing, with interment to follow in Evergreen Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hillel Campus Alliance in memory of Luiz Costa.
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Sydney Hager
March 10, 2020 at 12:14 pm

I am saddened to hear of the loss of your precious father. I only knew him from MSU band, but he was a kind person, and I am blessed to have known him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

March 10, 2020 at 3:25 pm

Luiz was a new member of our NHB this year. I am so glad I got to know him as a member of our group and as a wonderful human being. He was warm and friendly to everyone and very eager and enthusiastic about learning and playing music. In fact he seemed to be that way about life!
Although we only got to know Luiz a short time, he will be greatly missed.
My condolences to the entire Costa family.

Jack Mike , instructor and conductor, MSU New Horizons Band

Betsy Lewandowski
March 11, 2020 at 10:01 am

He brightened our T/Th morning NHB rehearsals with his presence. How could you not return his smile or engage in a few minutes of conversation with such a friendly person? He’ll be missed. Heartfelt sympathy to his family.

Amy Kohlhepp
March 12, 2020 at 11:05 am

Luiz was one of those friendly people that made it fun to go to band practice. His smile and encouragement will be missed.

Heartfelt condolences to the entire family.

Jenny Ruben
March 12, 2020 at 8:10 pm

Ninive, I am so sorry about your dad. I remember growing up with you at Sunday school and your dad was always sweet and friendly. I will send you and your family healing prayers!

James R Blomgren
March 13, 2020 at 11:08 am

It was a shock to hear of my great friend, the Brazilian Nut’s passing back into divinity. I knew that our relationship entered a greater level of Love when he became angry with me on occasion. He does live in my heart and I pray that he’s smiling at me, even now. Our communing will have to be in spirit and I pray that Luiz’s family be comforted in his great Love for them all. I already feel a part of the family.. I appreciated the wonderful writeup, Isadora–well done. My only regret is not visiting Brazil with Luiz when invited.

Elfie Bennett
March 14, 2020 at 11:06 am

My memories of Luis go way back to our University of Waterloo days, when I first met Solange and Luis, and Isadora as a young child. He was genuine with a great zest for life. What was most compelling and memorable about him was his sense of humour. He had the ability to laugh heartily at the vagaries of life, even in the darker moments, and the trials and tribulations that life invariably throws at you. We stayed in touch for some time, and I met Nineveh as a child. Luis was always a proud and passionate father. Although we lost touch for a time, as often happens when life gets busy, we did re-connect a few years ago, much to my delight. Luis was unchanged, still intense, passionate, inquisitive with the same capacity for humour and laughter. Luis, it is an honor to have known you. Rest in peace wherever you are, enjoy your next adventure and keep laughing. I will miss you.

Abdul Razzaq
March 14, 2020 at 11:29 am

I was so sorry to hear of the passing of my good friend, Luiz Costa. He was a wonderful man and a great friend. I will never forget all those memories from when we worked together at Holland BPW. I will always remember our get-togethers for coffee and sharing of personal experiences with each other. How can I forget the beautiful moments I spent with Luiz and Jim last summer when they both traveled from Michigan to Delaware to attend my son’s wedding.
Luiz was kind, compassionate, and a true gentleman. There are few people like that in the world today.
My sympathies are with the entire family, I can feel their pain at this sad time.

Conrado Riquelme
March 14, 2020 at 6:41 pm

I was so saddened by the news of my great friend Luis Passing away. My family and I had the pleasure to have known Luis and his family for over 20 yrs., my wife also Brazilian, so we all enjoy a lot of similarity’s in culture. Luis was a very happy guy, very awkward at times, but always a great family man, and friend. I will miss him very dearly, he was not just a friend, he was like a brother to me. I will always keep our good times in my memories. Our world will not be same without you my friend! May you rest in peace my dear friend!

Patti Kroth
March 16, 2020 at 9:30 am

Luiz joined the Monday night New Horizons Band last year and was a wonderful addition to the group! Just two weeks ago, he and I had a wonderful conversation about a DVD he shared with me. He was inquisitive and thoughtful. Our last conversation was about who determines the tempo of a piece when there is a soloist. This was in preparation to our chamber recital, which would have taken place exactly one week after his passing. Sadly, I am not able to attend his service, but I will be thinking of him. We will miss him in band, and I feel honored to have known him.

Gail Conser
March 16, 2020 at 5:10 pm

Dear Solange, Ninive, Isadora and Maria;
I am so profoundly sorry for loss.
Luis became family last September when Ninive and Michael were married. I did not know you well but was impressed with your kindness, intelligence and your love of family. A handsome man inside and out.
All those who knew and loved you will feel an emptiness in their life. Your family most of all!
Rest in Peace Luiz. Go with the Angels and God. Surely you will enrich Heaven as you did here on earth!

Howard Chang
March 17, 2020 at 10:58 am

My wife and I were very surprised and sad to learn that Luiz had suddenly passed away. We have met him only once recently when he and his sister Maria (my colleague) came to our home for an informal pizza party celebrating Chinese New Year and Maria’s pending retirement. Luiz was friendly, kind, clearly enjoyed his life, and happy to share his experience with others. We are very sorry that we will not get to know him better.
Rest in peace, Luiz.
Our sincere condolences to the entire family.


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