Melverne Helen Kosten

Melverne Helen Kosten, age 91 of Glen Carbon, IL, formerly of Collinsville, IL, born November 14, 1922 in Troy, IL, passed away at 11:05 a.m. on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at Meridian Village Care Center, Glen Carbon, IL. 

She was a 1940 graduate and Valedictorian of McCray Dewey High School in Troy, IL. Melverne 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.  She 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 November 25, 1943 and enjoyed 62 years of marriage before his passing on September 1, 2004; her parents, Fred and Elma nee Friedhoff Meier; and a brother, Wilfred Meier.

She is survived by three sons:  Dr. Larry (Martha) Kosten of Fairview Heights, IL, Robert (Joy) Kosten of Maryville, IL, and Dr. Kenneth (Jean) Kosten of Edwardsville, IL; seven grandchildren:  Jeffrey (Sally) Kosten of Medina, TN, Deanne (Matt) Foster of Columbia, IL, David Kosten (Joe Judge) of Columbus, NJ, Kara (Marty) Hunsucker of Columbia, IL, Kevin (Jen) Kosten of Maryville, IL, Matthew (Kathlyn) Kosten of Warrenville, IL, and Jason (Dr. Katie) Kosten of Edwardsville, IL; 15 great grandchildren; a sister, Darlene Loyet of Collinsville, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 10a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Barry Wilson Funeral Home 2800 North Center Street, Maryville, IL.

Funeral service will be at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Brad Thomas officiating.  Burial will be at Valley View Cemetery, Edwardsville, IL.

Memorials may be made to Lutheran Senior Services and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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