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Merle Kost

January 9, 1927November 24, 2019

Merle Marie Kost (Age 92)

Passed away peacefully on November 24, 2019, at Riderwood in Silver Spring. Born in Idaho, she was the daughter of the late Hershel and Ingebo Collins. Pre-deceased by her husband, Keith Kost in 1998, to whom she was married for 49 years. She is survived by her children and their spouses, Susie and Jack Wicker of Mount Airy, and Bill and Anna Kost of Ashton, and her grandchildren, Joe Wicker and John Wicker, and his spouse Danielle Zazula, and her great grandchildren, Jack and Declan Wicker. She was preceded in death by her sister, Fran Long, and is survived by her brother, Bob Collins. Merle was a long time bank employee of Suburban Trust, and Bank of America in Bowie. She was also a deacon in the Christian Community Presbyterian Church in Bowie, and a Bowie resident for 42 years. A memorial service will be held at the Riderwood Chapel on Wednesday, December 4 2019, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Arrangements by Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home, LLC.

Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 2, 2019


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, December 4, 2019


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Bob Long

November 26, 2019

I really appreciate the life of my Aunt Merle. Some of my first memories were connecting with the Collins/Kost families in Idaho. Merle was very generous to my sister Jan and I. She showed us all the museums and monuments in the Washington DC area way back in 1965. She helped my mother, her sister, cope with the loss of my father back in 2000. Though something like 1500 miles separated our families, we always felt close to Merle and Keith.

Jan McBee

November 25, 2019

My Aunt Merle is such a special lady. Had a wonderful sense of humor. Really enjoyed her life and made a difference in my life. Love ❤️