Brainard Staff Slider

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” ~Thomas Campbell

Brainard PrePlan

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” ~Thomas Campbell

when it matters most

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” ~Thomas Campbell


Brainard Funeral Home and Cremation Center | 715-845-5525

Weston Chairs

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” ~Matthew 5:4


Showing our appreciation for your loved one’s honorable and faithful service.

Costa, Michael
Michael (Mike) James Costa of Wausau, WI, died of natural causes on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at the age of 68.

Mike was born in Cherry Point, NC on February 6, 1950 to James and Denise Costa while James was serving in the Marine Corp. Mike spent the majority of his life in Wausau having graduated from Wausau East High School in 1968 and then served in the Army Reserves 397th Engineering Div. where he was honorably discharged. Mike spent most of his working days at Lakewood Sporting Goods, Custom Glass Products (CGP) and most recently at County Market.

Special to Mike were the many adventurous outings with his dad and brothers navigating the northern lakes and catching the biggest fish, all while poking fun at one another and driving each other nuts. He also spent endless hours talking sports with his boys about the Packers, Brewers and any other sports or teams that interested Ben and Joe. He was always interested in what they got excited about and worked his hardest to learn and follow. Mike was also very proud of his grandkids and couldn’t get enough stories and pictures.

Mike was preceded in death by his mother and father, James and Denise Costa. He is survived by his two sons, Ben Costa (Tracy) of Henderson, NV and Joe Costa (Amy) of Cheyenne, WY; his brothers, Jay Costa (Dianne) of Broomfield, CO and Jim Costa of Wausau, WI; his five grandchildren, Darek, Nathan, Alex, Jaden and Haley; his four nieces and nephews, Brett, Heather, Temra, and Austin.

Special to Mike include Candy, Marla and “Mister” the cat.

A private service was held by immediate family members.

Brainard Funeral Home – Wausau Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.

Leave Condolence

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  1. Connie Rubis

    03/09/2018 at 11:55 am

    Mike’s obituary notice was just forwarded to us. We were so sorry to hear of his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Jay, Jim and family. Such fun memories of our time with the Costa family.
    The Rubis family – Lonnie, Connie and kids

  2. Daniel Dix

    03/09/2018 at 11:55 am

    I want to extend our deepest sympathies for your loss. Please know that we are thinking of you and hope you can find comfort.

    Dan & Pattie Dix

  3. Cindy Rodman

    03/09/2018 at 11:55 am

    So very sorry for your loss. I worked with Mike at C.G.P. He was a sweet man. Prayers to his Family and Friends.


    03/09/2018 at 11:55 am

    Please accept my condolences. We can’t understand exactly how you feel, but God does and
    will keep raising you up. Job 14:14, 15