Marie Christine Chmela, 85, of Kimball, SD passed away Sunday, June 7, 2020 at Aurora-Brule Care & Rehab in White Lake, SD where she had been a resident for three months. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, June 13, 2020 at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Kimball with Fr. Andrew Swietochowski officiating. A Committal Service will follow at Kimball Community Cemetery. Social distancing will be practiced.
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Marie Christine Pazour was born on June 12, 1934, in Pukwana, South Dakota, to Joseph and Florence (Toupal) Pazour. She attended Richland County School for eight years and then graduated from Pukwana High School in 1952. She attended Northern State Teachers College for one year and taught at the Lomica School for a year.
She married Garnet Chmela on April 11, 1953 in Chamberlain, South Dakota. The first years of their marriage were spent on farms south of Kimball. They moved to Kimball in February of 1960 where they owned and operated Chmela Texaco service station until February of 1982.
Marie started selling Avon in December of 1972, a career which she enjoyed and was known to many as the Avon Lady. In December of 2019, after 47 years, she retired from her Avon business. She also worked as an insurance agent at Lenz Agency and Dakotaland Insurance. Marie was a lifelong member of St. Margaret’s Catholic Church of Kimball.
Grateful for having shared in Marie’s life, her three daughters: Connie (Alan) Assmus of White Lake, SD, Jackie (David) Scott of Kimball, SD and Neta Storm of Curtis, NE; eight grandchildren: Russell (Tammy) Assmus of Vermillion, SD, Karla Brozik of Winner, SD, Rebecca (Tony) Rasmussen of Kimball, SD, Tim (Brooke) Assmus of Mitchell, SD, Paul (Danielle) Assmus of White Lake, SD, Jill Kaczor of Gresham, NE, Kay (Dirk) Kolbo of Gothenburg, NE and Mary Storm of Kearney, NE; 18 great grandchildren: three sisters: Florence Hopkins of Pukwana, SD, Rose Wolfe of Plankinton, SD and Barb Chenoweth of Pukwana, SD; along with many nieces and nephews.
Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Garnet (May 6, 1996); her parents, Joe and Florence Pazour; and two sisters: Dorothy Chmela and Margaret Sharping.
Memorials in Marie’s honor may be directed to: St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, PO Box 137, Kimball, SD 57355.
Marie will be forever missed by her family and many friends. She would have been 86 on June 12, 2020.