Marilyn Kunzler, 70, St. Joseph, Mo., died Thursday, May 2, 2019, at Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph.
She was born Feb. 8, 1949 in Russell to Maxwell and Vivian (Dawson) Miller. She was a 1967 graduate of Russell High School and 1972 graduate of Fort Hays State College, majoring in music. She was born into a musical family hearing from an early age music played and sung by her siblings and parents. She began learning piano from her grandmother. Music was encouraged with vocal and flute lessons.
During her high school years, she won recognition at district and state music contests in both instrumental and vocal divisions.
She married Dwayne Kunzler on Jan. 10, 2004, joining him in their music business and teaching lessons to many children and adults. She taught elementary music in northeast Kansas schools including Troy, later working as a counselor in Wathena, having earned a master’s degree from Fort Hays State University in 1979. Before her last illness, she was giving flute, piano and voice lessons.
She was known for her sense of humor and sharing herself with others. She volunteered at Russell City Library, was active in Russell Congregational Church, Order of Rainbow for Girls, Girl Scouts and many school organizations.
She was a member of the music honors society Sigma Alpha Iota and worked in the music department library.
Survivors include her husband, St Joseph; two brothers, Tim Miller, Hays, and Doyle Miller and Betty Smith, Branson, Mo.; two sisters, Gwendolyn Johnson, Hays, and Emilie Miller, Elk Grove Village, IL.; a brother-in-law, Roger Kunzler and wife, Gail, Agency, Mo.; two stepdaughters, Tania Dawn Clymer, St. Joseph, and Kimberly Wright and husband, Jack, Amazonia, Mo.; a stepson, Edward Dwayne Kunzler, Jr. , Pennington Gap, Va.; a sister in-law, Kathy Cupp and husband, Samuel; 11 grandchildren, Allison, Ashley, Hannah, Haylee, Hudson, Jackson, Madison, Makayla, Samantha and Stephanie; a great-granddaughter, Courtlynn; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Services were May 4 at Abundant Faith Church of God.
Memorials are requested to the Friends of the Animal Shelter.
Condolences can be sent to www.ruppfuneral.com.