Costello-Runyon Funeral Home
568 Middlesex Avenue (Route 27)
Metuchen, New Jersey 08840
Phone: 732-548-0149

Costello-Runyon Funeral Home


 Joseph V. Costello

NJ Lic. No. 3670

Joseph V. Costello, III (known as Jay to everyone), was born in Perth Amboy and resided in Woodbridge and Metuchen before moving to Edison in 1995. He is a graduate of St. Mary's Grammar School in Perth Amboy and JFK High School in the Iselin section of Woodbridge. Upon graduation from high school in 1980, Jay enrolled in the Mercer County community College Funeral Service program and simultaneously served a three-year internship with his father, Joseph V. Costello, Jr., as his preceptor. Upon graduation in 1983 from the program, Jay was employed by his father until 1992 when he and his wife, Suzanne, purchased the Runyon Mortuary from the Runyon family in Metuchen and renamed it the Costello-Runyon Funeral Home. In 2010, Jay’s Uncle Tom retired and sold Jay and Suzanne the Thomas Joseph Costello Funeral Home in Iselin. They renamed it the Costello-Runyon Funeral Home.

Jay is a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral in Metuchen, where he and Suzanne had formerly served on the Baptismal Team. He is a member of the St. Francis Council No. 3272, Knights of Columbus and a Fourth Degree member of the Holy Innocents Assembly No. 1665 in Edison/Metuchen. In 2008 Jay was Knighted into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem by Edward Cardinal Egan, Bishop Archdiocese of New York.

Jay is also a member and past president of the Metuchen Rotary Club and was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Club in 2001. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Metuchen-Edison-Woodbridge-South Amboy YMCA and is a past president of the Board. Jay received the Sir Jack Hayward Award from the YMCA's International Committee in 2001. He was a former member and past president of the Metuchen Cemetery Association (Hillside Cemetery).

In 2002, the Metuchen PBA recognized Jay with their Community Service Award. Jay is also one of the few Silver Life Members of The Metuchen PBA.
Jay has been on the Dinner Committee for the Flame of Charity Dinner for the Diocese and served as Dinner Co-Chair in 2002 and 2003.

Jay and his wife, Suzanne, have two children, Joseph V. IV and Catherine.

 Suzanne Costello

Office Manager

Suzanne CostelloSuzanne M. Costello is a lifelong New Jersey resident having growing up in Manalapan. She is a graduate of St. John Vianney High School in Holmdel and has a BS in Business Administration form Montclair State College. After graduating from Montclair State College, Suzanne worked in the investment-banking field until the birth of her son, Joey, in 1989. She was a stay at home mom until her and her husband Jay purchased the funeral home in 1992, at which time she became office manager. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce and chairs the Chamber of Commerce's Miss Merry Christmas Crowning. She is a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral, Metuchen and had served on its Baptismal Team. While she was a major asset to our funeral home, Suzanne is unlicensed and not qualified to make funeral arrangements, embalm, or conduct funerals.

 Chrystal D. Penedos

Funeral Director
NJ Lic. No. 4509

Chrystal graduated from Spotswood High School in 1996. She attended Mercer County Community College and became a licensed Funeral Director in 2002. She has been with Costello-Runyon Funeral Home since 2000. Chrystal currently resides in Edison with her family.

 Leo D. Mickey

Funeral Director
NJ Lic. No. 4081

Leo D. MickeyLeo has been involved for 20 years in funeral services locally and regionally. He graduated from the American Academy of McAllister in New York where he earned his funeral director’s degree and his Associates of Arts degree from St. Johns University. Leo served his internship at the John E. Day Funeral Home in Red Bank for 3 years. After his internship he worked for Werson Funeral Home in Linden for 7 years, then was employed at Higgins Home for Funerals in Plainfield, North Plainfield and Watchung for 10 years. Currently, he is now with with Costello-Runyon in Metuchen and Iselin.

 Joseph F. LaCava

Funeral Director
NJ Lic. No. 4990

Joe is our newest Funeral Director of the firm. He was born in New 

Brunswick, grew up in Milltown and currently is living at the Costello-Runyon Funeral Home in Iselin.

He graduated from St. Joseph High School, Metuchen in 2007 and attended St. Peter’s University in Jersey City where he received his Accounting Degree in 2011. He then went to Mercer County College in West Windsor for Mortuary Science and graduated in 2012.

Joe has been an avid swimmer his entire life as well as running in his free time.




Joseph V. Costello, III. Owner/Manager NJ Lic. No. 3670 

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