Mary Ann Kurgan

Mary Ann Kurgan

November 28, 1929 – October 5, 2021

The family will receive friends Sunday, October 10th from 12noon to 2pm followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 2pm, all at the West Center Chapel.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Monday, October 11th at 10:30am at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1723 S. 17th Street.  Interment:  Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials will be directed by the family.


Mary Ann Kurgan, age 91, of Omaha, Nebraska, was put to rest on Tuesday, October 5, 2021. Mary Ann was born on November 28, 1929, in Omaha, Nebraska to Francis and Frances (Engel) Fischer.  She attended St. Joseph High School and was awarded Homecoming Queen her senior year. Once she graduated from high school, Mary Ann began working for the Telephone Company in Downtown Omaha. Shortly after, she was introduced to Thomas Kurgan by her brother. Although she resisted his advances initially, Tom soon charmed his way into becoming the love of her life. They were married on April 28, 1951, in Omaha, Nebraska.

Mare was an avid reader who enjoyed sewing and baking (her Christmas cookies were legendary). Her favorite activity above all else was spending time with her kids and grandkids. She loved going to sporting events, school programs, and all other family gatherings. At the age of 82, she found her best buddy—Jaycie Mae. Although this was technically Craig’s chocolate lab, Mare soon took over the role of best friend, and most importantly, mother.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Kurgan, son Joseph Kurgan, daughter Susan Roberts, and grandson Tim Roberts, as well as many other friends and relatives.

Mare is survived by her son, Mike Kurgan; daughter, Patty Kurgan (Doug Larsen); son-in-law, Jim Roberts; grandkids: Michael Kurgan, Jr., Craig Roberts, Brian Roberts, Kylie Temple, (Collin Temple), Kurgan Larsen, and MacLain Larsen; great-grandkids: Lillia Kurgan, Levi Kurgan, Zoey Temple, Jaxson Temple, and McKenna Temple; and of course, her favorite furry partner, Jaycie Mae, and the newest addition, Olive Ann, who won’t know the pleasure of growing up with Grandma.

Rest easy, Grandma.



  • Craig Roberts Posted October 7, 2021 12:41 pm

    I miss so much Grandma.

  • Dolores Fischer & Family Posted October 8, 2021 7:33 am

    Our fondest memories of Mary Ann were sitting around her kitchen table and talking over cups of coffee about the kids, family, and what was happening around the neighborhood. The memories of those conversations were so special and we miss them so much. Our deepest condolences. Love the Fischer Family,
    Dolores Fischer, Val Fischer-Pallansch, Lee Pallansch, Jessica, Jaime & Kayden Pallansch , Cherie & Zane Wingard & Liza Fischer, Noah Fischer , & Emily Gittleman

  • Mary Ann Kurgan Posted October 8, 2021 7:43 am

    Our fondest memories of Mary Ann were sitting around her kitchen table and talking over a cup of coffee about the kids, family and her laughter. The memories of her were truly blessed. Our deepest.condolences to the Kurgan family. Love from the Dolores Fischer Family

  • Megan Munstermann-Doty Posted October 8, 2021 10:34 am

    I was blessed to have Mare in my life. We had the best talks and she loved all of her family. I have such great memories of her and all the good times spent with the family. Prayers to you all.

  • Lucy Gillespie (Mittermeier) Posted October 10, 2021 9:37 am

    My condolences in the death of your beloved mother,grandmother, great grandmother. Mrs. Kurgan was one of many “St. Joe’s moms” who was always around and played a part in making my growing-up years happy and secure. May she rest in peace.

  • Patty Loseke (Regner) Posted October 11, 2021 8:12 am

    Thinking of Mrs. Kurgan’s family at this sad time, but know she is now an angel watching over you! She was such a nice lady and remember her well from school days at St. Joe’s, always around at school and cooking the noon meal for us kids. She raised a wonderful and kind family. Joe, a classmate, was so smart and a real nice guy. I cherish my childhood days from having special and caring people like Mrs. Kurgan and her family. Hugs and prayers to you all.

  • Laura Smith (Mittermeier) Posted October 11, 2021 3:15 pm

    My sister Lucy and I often talk about the good old grade School days. Often wondering if other classmates had the same memories that WE did! After listening to the vigil service and the fun memories that the speakers shared! I do remember Mrs Kurgan and Mrs Polson always being at those CYO games. Us girls used to walk to the games, They were always there if we needed a ride. . Most of my class went all 8 grades together. We really got to know each other’s parents, and siblings . We could never get in trouble with so many wonderful Moms watching over us! By the way, the first initials that I put with mine, was JK & LM. I wonder how they knew, , I got in trouble for THAT one. Oh, I carved JK LM. on that wooden table under the convent porch.! ! Thank You Mrs. Kurgan, for being in a lot of my grade school memories! ❤️

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