Maryl Hatwan

Maryl Hatwan


October 28, 1950 - March 19, 2023


Maryl Hatwan, 72, of Mitchell, South Dakota, died Sunday March 19th, 2023 surrounded by her family under hospice care. Her funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday March 24th at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. Visitation will be Thursday March 23rd from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service. Graveside services will be held at a later date at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Arrangements are by Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell.

A live stream of the funeral service can be viewed at:

Maryl was born October 28, 1950 in Mitchell, SD, to John and Connie (Traupel) Ackerman, the oldest of five children. She attended Pickstown school and was a member of the last graduating class from Pickstown High School in 1968. Maryl married Patrick Hatwan July 11, 1970 and divorced in 1994. To this union, seven children were born.

Maryl pursued an education in nursing attending, Mitchell Vo Tech attaining her LPN degree in 1970. She began her career as an LPN in Mitchell at Firesteel Nursing Home. Maryl was a master multi-tasker. At the same time her nursing career was beginning, she was busy raising her children, running a daycare, and doing the bookkeeping for the family construction business. After many years of multitasking, she added studying for her RN degree to the list, and in 1996 graduated from Dakota Wesleyan with her RN degree. She began working at Avera McKennan Hospital on the surgical trauma floor from April 2002 until her retirement June 16, 2020. It was here that Maryl made many lifelong friends, becoming known as “Mother Maryl”. While working at Avera McKennan, Maryl added to her list of tasks, working for LTCG doing nursing assessments. One of the additional tasks closest to her heart was working for the Department of Human Services as a guardian for numerous people from 1999 to February of 2023. She treated them as if they were part of her own family.

Even as Maryl juggled these many tasks, her family always came first. She was a loving daughter, mother, grandma, great grandma, sister, aunt, and friend to so many. Maryl is survived by her children Angela Carda, Heather Hatwan, Stephanie (Kamran) Farrokhi, Lindsey Hatwan, David (Amber) Hatwan, Megan (Paul) Savage, and Jonathan (Amanda) Hatwan; Grandchildren Mason Hatwan (fiance Surabhi Swaminath), Madyson Carda, Xoli Hatwan, Brandon (Cameron) Lee, Nicole Conrad, Kobee Farrokhi, Drake Farrokhi, Oaklee Farrokhi, Tiffany Hatwan, Brittney Hatwan, Kristopher Hatwan, Henrik Savage, Berlyn Savage, and Hudson Hatwan; great grandchildren Levi Farrokhi and Beckett Schopp; sisters Barbara Vasquez (Thomas) and Ladonna Kniffen; and sister in law, Judy Ackerman. She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter in 1970; granddaughter Rayne; brothers Michael (Betty Sue) Ackerman and James Ackerman; and brother in law Bruce Kniffen.

In Lieu of flowers please send memorial donations to Avera Foundation Sr Colman Coakley Scholarship Fund. P.O. Box 5045 Sioux Falls, SD 57117-5045 or visit This scholarship is for employees who have plans to further their education in healthcare.


Thursday, March 23, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Prayer Service

Holy Family Catholic Church
222 N Kimball St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Friday, March 24, 2023
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 N Kimball St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Becky Dalldorf on May 5, 2023
Beautiful inside and out. Love you Maryl
Posted by Sister Mary Thomas on April 3, 2023
I am sorry at the loss of Maryl. She was so present to her patients and with her colleagues had a firm sense of order which actually helped the team be at their best. Her sense of welcome was warm and genuine. I am grateful our paths crossed.
Posted by Mary Dougherty on March 29, 2023
What a beautiful angel she must be... I am so deeply sorry for your loss.
Posted by Jackie Lofswold on March 25, 2023
I went to LPN school with Maryl, she was a friend to everyone. We lost contact over the years but reconnected when she worked for LTCG. Her smile always made everyday better. Prayers for Maryl and her family.
Posted by Matt Carda on March 24, 2023
I was saddened to hear about Maryl's passing. Please accept my sympathies.

Posted by Jane Amick on March 24, 2023
Our sympathy to the Hatwan family. She will be missed and we will always remember what a kind person she was. May good memories help you through the days ahead.
Posted by Jan Everson on March 22, 2023
I worked with Maryl years ago at W-S Clinic! It was an amazing group of people, but Maryl stood out! Endless energy, always positive and her beautiful smile! L was fortunate to see her just before Christmas at church and she was her usual radiant self. I’m so impressed with all of her accomplishments and I’m so thankful we had a chance to visit one more time. Rest in peace Maryl!!
Posted by Cathy Fleischhacker on March 22, 2023
Maryl was a strong person. I enjoyed working with her at Avera.It would always be a good day when I worked with her. She was always kind and gentle with her patiens. I will miss her smile.It is hard to believe that she is deepest sympathy to you megan and your whole family. It is so hard to lose a parent.
Posted by Gail Denne on March 22, 2023
Was always a friend always had time to talk when we meant I know that everyone that knew her will miss her. Big hugs to all of her kids our kids were friends in one way or another just know your mom was a great woman
Posted by Renee Peters on March 22, 2023
So sad to be reading this, got to know Maryl while her Mom(Connie) was alive and I was blessed to be her hairdresser. Maryl was a kind, thoughtful lady, she will be missed by all, whose lives she touched. Prayers to all of you.
Posted by Traci Watkins on March 21, 2023
Maryl was a comforting mother figure for me as I lost my mother a few prior to coming to Avera. We worked together on 1W for 14 years til I switchd units. I leaned on her for advice because she knew the struggles I faced and I trusted her because she had faced some of the same. Her love and dedication to her family gave me inspiration. I am forever grateful to have known Mother Maryl.
Posted by Derek Smith on March 21, 2023
Dear my friend Megan and Family please know i am here for you if you need to call or text me anytime because i know it hurts and 2 When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters,[a] I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan.[b] 2 For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness—timid and trembling. 4 And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. 5 I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.

6 Yet when I am among mature believers, I do speak with words of wisdom, but not the kind of wisdom that belongs to this world or to the rulers of this world, who are soon forgotten. 7 No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God[c]—his plan that was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began. 8 But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord. 9 That is what the Scriptures mean when they say,

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
and no mind has imagined
what God has prepared
for those who love him.”[d] please know i am here if u need to talk to me aytime thanks
Posted by Heidi Geppert on March 21, 2023
To the entire Hatwan Family-- there is not a point in my life that i dont remember Maryl n the kids just being down the block. She will be greatly missed n you all are in our thoughts n prayers.
Posted by Marilyn Gunnare on March 21, 2023
Sending my sympathy to the Hatwan family......oh the memories of a great gal. Heaven has gained an angel for sure.
Posted by Mary Kirwan Westendorf on March 21, 2023
What a hole she leaves in so many lives. My deepest sympathy. She was a great friend.
Posted by Susie Schmidt on March 21, 2023
She was a great nurse who treated the patients well and always had time to teach or help others. She loved her family fiercely. Rest in peace
Posted by Shelly Tibke on March 21, 2023
One of the best nurses and nicest person I have ever worked with. Maryl always put her patients first. She will be truly missed but heaven gained a great angel. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Duane Buthe on March 21, 2023
I was saddened to learn of Maryl’s passing. a few years back when I worked at Avera a lot of our patients would go to the unit Maryl worked on. When Maryl was working, whether a charge nurse or a patient nurse you knew it was going to be a better
day. Maryl was always pleasant, helpful, sincere, one of the best nurses and who always put everyone ahead of herself. My sympathy and prayers to her family..
Posted by Eva Cunningham & Family on March 21, 2023
Our deepest sympathies for your loss. Maryl was such an amazing and inspirational woman and it was a pleasure to have met her. Sending prayers and comfort to her family and friends. Maryl was taken too soon.
Posted by Maggie Van Zee on March 21, 2023
Sending sympathy to the Ackerman and Hatwan families. Hang on to the memories.
Posted by Rita Kietzmann (Peshek) on March 21, 2023
I am so sorry to hear of Maryl’s passing. Sending my sympathy to Maryl’s family and Ladonna and Barb. Hoping the good memories will help you thru this difficult time.
Posted by Leanne Bradwisch on March 21, 2023
Maryl was such a loving, compassionate nurse. She touched the lives of many. My sympathy and prayers to her family. 🙏💕
Posted by Julie McEntaffer Wilson on March 21, 2023
I'm so very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers of comfort
Posted by Jan (Woods) Martin on March 21, 2023
So very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with all
Posted by angela morgan on March 21, 2023
Sorry for your loss. Hope one day we will meet again.
Posted by Mary Freeman on March 21, 2023
I am saddened to read that Maryl died. She was an outstanding Mother, nurse and friend to everyone. She always had a smile brightened lots of lives. She will be missed.
Posted by Julie Murphy on March 21, 2023
My sympathy to all of Maryl’s family and friends. She and I were friends in Mitchell when our children were little. She was the the best Mom and best friend….she was so proud of her family and friends and always loved unconditionally. She was such a hard worker and always so positive and strong. She had a great sense of humor. I am grateful for the gift of her friendship. Maryl truly was a gift to so many. I love you Mary! Rest in the Peace my friend and I will see you again some day.
Posted by MM on March 21, 2023
Easily the best nurse I have ever had the pleasure of working with. She always was willing to teach and support those she worked with.
Posted by Mitzi Nichols on March 21, 2023
I Remember all the wonderful times we had together when I lived in Mitchell.. We would start our days out with coffee together and then do activities with our children throughout the day. I miss those days. I have missed you so much. You were such a great friend. Your talents were many! Maryl loved her family and her God more than anything in this world. Now He has taken you home to reward you for a job well done.! Thank you ffor being my friend and sharing such wonderful times with me.You will always be in my heart. See you later my dear friend. I love you.
Posted by Charlie and Wanda Kobes on March 21, 2023
So very sorry for this very sad loss !!! Maryland is going to be missed by everyone that was blessed to know her !! We miss that great smile and laugh !!! Big Hugs to all of you ❤️ !!!
Posted by Pamela Castle Hawk on March 21, 2023
I was so sad to hear of Maryl's passing. My deepest sympathy to her entire loving family. The loss of a loved one is always difficult. The loss of a mother, well that loss, your first love, your first friend, all the firsts really and that one very special person that loves unconditionally, well we never really get over that one but in time and by the loving grace of God we somehow learn how to live on.
Posted by Linda Brinker on March 20, 2023
So sorry to family of Maryl. She was a kind and friendly person to know when her I worked together at Firesteel Health Care Center, a good nurse. Also she was a fun Red Hat member to be with.
Posted by Ernie & Deb Hohn on March 20, 2023
To: Maryls family
Our sincere sympathies
Heaven definitely gained an angel!
Posted by Karen Johnke Reimnitz on March 20, 2023
I went to nursing school with her. She was such a nice lady
Posted by Jan Peterka on March 20, 2023
Such a sweet wonderful person. I was Maryl's band and choir teacher in Pickstown. Just gone too soon. My deepest sympathy to the family.
Posted by Anna Gardner on March 20, 2023
Maryl was a strong, dedicated and lovely woman. I'm honored to have called her friend.
Maryl- may you be resting gently with the knowledge that you served your family with love and loyalty. I'll miss you.
Posted by Wilms Danko on March 20, 2023
She was such a nice lady. Did not know her well just thru Stef. She was always so pleasant. God bless you
Posted by Jackie Christiansen (Jack) on March 20, 2023
Posted by Mary Verzani on March 20, 2023
So sorry to here about your Mother. She was a great lady and the best neighbor we had. She would doing anything for us!
Posted by Anne Kirby Steffen on March 20, 2023
Deepest sympathy and prayers to all of you. Maryl was a sweet faithful woman. She was always so very welcoming to us neighbor kids who I’m sure drove her crazy. Her kindness and patience is a memory I will always have of her. God bless you Maryl.
Posted by Mary Persson on March 20, 2023
God must’ve needed another angel as he gained a good one. Maryl was definitely a good one.
Posted by Peggy Kowall on March 20, 2023
I am so sorry to learn of your Mom's passing. She was a very special person & I am happy to have had her as a friend. She will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.
Posted by Debbie Bruns on March 20, 2023
I’m going miss you Maryl your cousin Debbie Bruns
Posted by Debbie Bruns on March 20, 2023
I’m going miss you Maryl your Debbie Bruns
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