Dana Jo Kahn Mermelstein, of Silver Spring and Bethesda, died on May 25, two days before her 81st birthday.
Mermelstein was born in Washington. She graduated from Wakefield High School in Arlington and from the University of Miami in 1960, with her college sweetheart, Marvin. Mermelstein was an elementary school teacher in the Montgomery County Public Schools and a second-grade teacher at the Washington Hebrew Congregation religious school for more than 20 years.
She was predeceased by her husband of almost 60 years, Marvin. Mermelstein is survived by her children, Roger Mermelstein (Amy), Evan Mermelstein (Missi) and Jill Lachter (Lou); six grandchildren, Ryan, Sam, Ilana, Danny, Jake and Hayley; sister, Hermine Kahn; brother, Jeremy Kahn; sisters-in-law, Arlene Michaels and Lois Bialek (Jack); and nieces and nephews.
Donations can be made to the Kol Rinah Choir of Washington Hebrew Congregation or the Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington.