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Obituary for Marilyn Janet Kness

Marilyn Janet Kness, age 85, of Albia passed away on January 5, 2020 at the Monroe County Hospital, under the care of EveryStep Hospice. She was born on January 9, 1934 in Oskaloosa to Kinzie and Clara (Waldock) Wimer.

She graduated High School in New Sharon, and received her Education Degree from Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls. She married James Leroy Mitchell on June 6, 1954 in New Sharon, and shared thirty-one years of marriage together. They were blessed with two daughters, Marilee and Marianne. She was a kindergarten teacher in Legrand and Grundy Center and would play the piano for her young students. Once the girls were born, she stayed home and they became her priority. She sewed, crocheted, did crafts, and painted. She often times would make matching clothes for her and the girls. When the girls got older, Marilyn got her real estate license and owned and operated Marilyn Realty in Ottumwa and Albia. She went back to school and got her bachelors Degree from UNI, and started substitute teaching in Albia and Moravia.

Marilyn married Marvin “Mike” Eugene Kness on February 10, 1992 in Florida. She loved Florida, it was her happy place. Mike passed away on October 6, 2018. She enjoyed playing cards, Solitaire, dominos and line dancing. She loved spending time with her family and teaching her grandkids all about shells and how to hunt for sharks teeth.

She is survived by her daughters, Marilee (Mike) Scieszinski of Albia, Marianne (Phil) Crall of Des Moines; six grandchildren, Chad Scieszinski and Brittaney Moore of West Des Moines, Tara Scieszinski of Broomfield, CO, Kayla (Aaron) McConnell of Ottumwa, Ryan, Tyler, and Cory Crall of of Des Moines, and three great grandchildren, Cameron Scieszinski, Millee Flahive, and Remi McConnell. She was preceded in death by her parents, Kinzie and Clara Wimer, and husband, Marvin “Mike” Kness.

A time of remembrance will be held on Thursday, January 9, 2020, opening to public at 1:00 p.m., with family present from 6-8 p.m., Thursday evening at Sinnott Funeral Home in Albia. Celebration of Life Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 10, 2020 at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Albia with Pastor Roger Henry officiating. A funeral luncheon will follow services with inurnment following in Friends Cemetery in New Sharon. Memorials may left for the family, and will be directed at a later date. Online condolences may be left for the family at