Norma T. Kostecka, a longtime advertising director who in October 2020 became publisher of the North Bay Business Journal, died Wednesday of breast cancer at her home in Napa. She was 58.

“My mom was a force of good and a force of compassion and a force of joy,” said daughter Megan Kostecka, 29. “She’s gone but she will be ever-present in our lives. She was many people’s favorite person for sure. She was remarkable and will be dearly missed.”

In an April 2 Facebook post, Megan and her brother, Ryan Kostecka, 31, shared a message that included the following:

“To honor her, we ask that you simply bend to that force, capitalizing on every moment and opportunity your life presents, forcing joy and love into the moments where there doesn’t seem like enough room,” the siblings wrote. “For Mom always found space for love and we must endeavor to do the same.”

Kostecka loved the outdoors. She backpacked the Grand Canyon twice and was an avid jogger who completed five half-marathons, she told the Business Journal in October.

Kostecka was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 and had been in remission until recently, Megan Kostecka said.

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