Mary Korzan

Mary Korzan


October 12, 1931 - January 9, 2024


Mary G. Korzan, 92, of Kimball, SD, passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2024, at Aurora-Brule Nursing Home in White Lake. Visitation will be Monday, January 15, from 5-7:00 PM with a 6:30 PM scripture service at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Kimball. Burial will be at St. Margaret’s Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Marie “Mary” G. Korzan was born October 12, 1931, on the family farm to Joesph and Anna (Petula) Bravek. She was the eldest of the Bravek children. Mary attended a rural school and graduated from Kimball High School in 1950.

On November 30, 1951, Mary was united in marriage to Richard Philip “Bucky” Korzan at St Margaret’s Catholic Church, and later raised three children: Janet, Cheryl, and Curtis. In 1973, Mary and Bucky built the Travelers Motel where she managed with her husband and family.

Mary was a very active and excellent bowler throughout her life, and she had the medals and trophies to prove it. She also would entertain her lady friends having card club.

Mary was happiest when she got to babysit her two grandsons when they were little. She always had the cookie jar full for them. The highlight of her life was being around her great-grandchildren. 

Grateful for being part of her life is her surviving family: her daughters, Janet Korzan of Tucson, AZ, and Cheryl (Korzan) Lenker of Phoenix, AZ; daughter-in-law, Lorie Korzan of Kimball, SD; sisters, Betty (Jim) Hoing, Washington and Norma (Dennis) Wright, Idaho; two grandsons, Cody (Lynzi) Korzan and children Zaydi and Berhyt; and Corbin (Ashley) Korzan and children Kinley, Irelynn, and Rowyn all of Kimball, SD.

She was preceded in death by her husband, “Bucky”; son, Curtis; her parents; two sisters, Dorothy and Helen; brother, Ben; two brothers-in-law and a niece.


Monday, January 15, 2024
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Scripture Service

St. Margaret's Catholic Church
417 S Elm St
Kimball, SD 57355


St. Margaret's Catholic Cemetery
Kimball, SD

Posted by Vickie Brennan Dykes on January 16, 2024
I am very sorry for your loss! Mary was a very kind person. Sincerely Vickie 🙏🙏
Posted by Rhonda McGregor on January 14, 2024
Mary was such a lovely lady & she handled life with grace. I enjoyed spending time with her. She will be greatly missed & remembered fondly. The family remains in my thoughts & prayers. Much love to all
Posted by Jim and Betty Hoing on January 11, 2024
Mary was always there for everyone. We have great memories of her and Bucky. We always headquartered there when coming home from college at the Univ.of SD when first married and later from Washington State when visiting familyand friends. Our entire family is saddened. We have lost a very gracious and generous sister, sister-in-law, and aunt. The Jim and Betty Hoing Family
Posted by Donna Picek on January 10, 2024
Dear Family,
Was so saddened to hear of Mary's passing.
I have good memories of Mary!
Her laugh, her smile, our visits.
She will be deeply missed.
Cherish the good memories.
Donna (Folan) Picek
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