Rev. Ron Shifley
Organist ~ Sharon Orth
Special Music by Linda Kronaizl
“In the Garden”
“Beyond the Sunset”
“I Don’t Know About Tomorrow”
Terry Wormsbecker, Randy Berndt,
Bob Reimann, Frank Kloucek,
Richard Kloucek, & Dale Baltzer
Mabel Amelia Kost was born on September 5, 1920 to Alexander and Amelia Wormsbecker (Berndt) on a farm near Avon, SD. She attended country school (Vesper School #66) through the eighth grade and graduated from Tyndall High School in 1940. She attended Southern State Teacher’s College where she received her teaching certificate and upon completion began teaching kindergarten through eighth grade in a nearby one room schoolhouse in Bon Homme County. During WWII, she helped her parents on the farm when her brother, Otto, was called to active duty. On June 1, 1947 she married John Kost from Lesterville, South Dakota in the Danzig Baptist Church near Avon, SD. They moved to Jackson, Minnesota where Mabel initially worked for JC Penney but soon found herself once again teaching kindergarten through eighth grade in Lliberg Country School near Jackson, Minnesota. In September 1951, Mabel and John returned to South Dakota and made their home in Scotland. Here, Mabel continued teaching in country schools until several years later when she changed course to raise a family. This did not stop her from volunteering however; she was an active member of the United Church of Christ (UCC) Women’s Fellowship, as well as a UCC Sunday School, Bible School, and Confirmation teacher. At the age of 78 after a number of enjoyable years working for a local clothing store, she retired. Mabel enjoyed gardening, canning, crocheting, knitting, quilting, cooking and baking, and she had a green thumb second to none. It was not uncommon to see a quilting frame occupy her living room with six or seven friends creating a work of art. Mabel passed away at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, Washington on Monday, March 27, 2017 at the age of 96.
Mabel is survived by two sons: Wallace Kost and wife Marion of Sedro Woolley, Washington and Del Ray Kost and wife Irene of Colorado Springs, Colorado; six grandchildren: Melissa and husband Mike Daughters, Karen Nauslar, Rebecca Kost, Amanda Kost, Crystal Kost (Rizzo) and husband Jorge, and Daniel Kost and wife Shallie; along with seven great grandchildren, a niece and nephew, and many life-long friends.
Mabel was preceded in death by her husband John, her parents, her brother Otto, and a nephew.