Marian Ruth Knowling
Marian Ruth Knowling, 95, died peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, at Mercy Iowa City surrounded by her daughters.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, with Father Gary Beckman officiating. The funeral will be livestreamed on Facebook at www.stwenc-ic.com. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Church. The family is concerned about the health and safety of all attendees. The wearing of a mask and social distancing practices will be required. Burial will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Wenceslaus Church, Friends of the Animal Center Foundation, Iowa City Hospice or to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).
Marian was born April 21, 1925, in Newport Township, the daughter of Frank and Mae (Hotka) Krall. She was a graduate of City High School and Iowa City Commercial College. On Sept. 30, 1947, Marian married Hal Knowling. Hal died in 1997.
Marian was the head baker at Northwest Junior High School for many years.
Most important to Marian was her family. Her loving husband and their daughters and horse related activities were a big part of their lives. The family showed horses with Hal often being the announcer or ringmaster.
Marian was a member of St. Wenceslaus Church, Altar and Rosary Society and the Iowa City Saddle Club. She loved to travel. In 2005, at the age of 80, and because of the efforts of JC Cortese, a close family friend, Marian traveled to Zadni Lomna, Czech Republic, to visit her great-grandfather's birthplace. She enjoyed time spent gardening and playing euchre.
The family would like to extend their appreciation to the staff at Keystone Place on Forevergreen for the love and care they provided to Marian over the past four-plus years, to the doctors and staff at UIHC, and to the medical staff at Mercy Hospital for the extraordinary care provided this past week.
Marian is survived by her three daughters, Linda Knowling of Solon, Sandy (Donald B) Dickinson of Brighton and Connie (James) McRoberts of Oxford; grandchildren, Lea (David) Woodruff, Sarah McRoberts, Tessa McRoberts and Chloe (Matt) Keister; stepgrandchildren, Donna (Lee) Duwa, Kim Tew and David (Debbie) Dickinson; great-grandchildren, Madalyn, Lola and Beckett Keister; and stepgreat-grandchildren, Carrington and Remington Duwa, Nicholas and Jason Tew, and Bella and Zak Dickinson. She was a loving aunt to numerous nieces and nephews and extended family. Marian leaves behind her special kitty, Joey, who was her constant companion.
Marian was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Hal; and six siblings, Ralph, Richard, Dorothy, Donald, Bernice and Joseph.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.lensingfuneral.com.