BLUE EARTH - Merrian H. Koskovich, age 94, of Blue Earth, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at St. Luke's Lutheran Care Center. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Earth, with Rev. Dr. Mark Wilms officiating. Burial will be in Bricelyn Lutheran Cemetery, Bricelyn. Visitation time will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time on Tuesday at the church. Patton Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Blue Earth is assisting the family with the arrangements. Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com
Merrian was born Jan. 28, 1919, in Seely Township, Bricelyn, Minn., the daughter of Helmer and Mabel (Selthun) Gestie. She was baptized and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church in Bricelyn. She was raised and educated in Bricelyn where she was a 1936 graduate of Bricelyn High School. She was married to Lawrence E. Flo in Algona, Iowa, on June 18, 1938. To this union four children were born. Merrian was active in the Bricelyn Lutheran Church at this time including as a vocalist. Following Lawrence's death in 1955, she was later married to Ross A. Moore of Elmore on Dec. 28, 1956, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. The couple farmed in Pilot Grove Township for 18 years before moving to Blue Earth. Ross died in 1987 and Merrian was later welcomed into the Koskovich family when she married Arthur Koskovich on Dec. 30, 1989, in St. Claire, Minn. They continued to live in Blue Earth where she was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, participating in various committees, TLCW, Circle and sang in the church choir for 60 years. Merrian loved music, poetry, flowers and bird-watching.
Merrian is survived by her son, Carrol Flo of Winnebago; her daughter, Susan (Dan) Wiltse of Blue Earth; her daughter, Rebecca (Stephen) Leicher of Maple Grove; her sister, Judith Asmus of Blue Earth; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three husband; son, Ronald Flo in 1997; brother, Robert Gestie; and sister, Irene Moore.