Melverne Helen Kosten, 91, of Glen Carbon, Ill., formerly of Collinsville, Ill., born Nov. 14, 1922, in Troy, Ill., passed away at 11:05 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at Meridian Village Care Center, Glen Carbon, Ill.
Mrs. Kosten was a 1940 graduate and valedictorian of McCray Dewey High School in Troy, Ill. She loved to volunteer and help others. She was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Ladies Aid, and volunteered at Granite City and Anderson Hospital Auxiliaries. Melverne loved to spend time with family, quilt, dance, play card games, and bowl.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Kosten, whom she married on Nov. 25, 1943, and enjoyed 62 years of marriage before his passing on Sept. 1, 2004; her parents, Fred and Elma, nee Friedhoff, Meier; and a brother, Wilfred Meier.
Surviving are three sons, Dr. Larry (Martha) Kosten of Fairview Heights, Ill., Robert (Joy) Kosten of Maryville, Ill., and Dr. Kenneth (Jean) Kosten of Edwardsville, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Jeffrey (Sally) Kosten of Medina, Tenn., Deanne (Matt) Foster of Columbia, Ill., David Kosten (Joe Judge) of Columbus, N.J., Kara (Marty) Hunsucker of Columbia, Ill., Kevin (Jen) Kosten of Maryville, Ill., Matthew (Kathlyn) Kosten of Warrenville, Ill., and Jason (Dr. Katie) Kosten of Edwardsville, Ill.; 15 great-grandchildren; a sister, Darlene Loyet of Collinsville, Ill.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Lutheran Senior Services and will be accepted at the funeral home. For condolences go to www.barrywilsonfuneralhome.com
Visitation: Friends may call from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at Barry Wilson Funeral Home, 2800 North Center Street, Maryville, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at the funeral home with Pastor Brad Thomas officiating. Burial will be at Valley View Cemetery, Edwardsville, Ill.
BARRY WILSON FUNERAL HOME, Maryville, Ill.
Barry Wilson Funeral Home
2800 North Center (Highway 159) Maryville, IL 62062
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Aug. 22, 2014