Maryl Hatwan


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.

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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; and sisters Barbara Vasquez (Thomas) and Ladonna Kniffen. She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter in 1970; granddaughter Rayne; brothers Michael and James; 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.

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