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Esther Corzatt

April 1, 2018

Esther Corzatt, age 87, of Hays, Kansas, died Sunday, April 1, 2018, at Via Christi Village Care Center, Hays, Kansas. She was born July 11, 1930, in West Virginia, to Dr. Frank and Emily Frances (Riggs) Harkleroad.  She married Keith Edward Corzatt in 1969, at Amarillo, Texas.  He preceded her in death on November 2, 1997.

She lived in Amarillo, Texas, for six years, in New Almelo, Texas, for 12 years and then moved to Hays in 1995. She was a kindergarten teacher for a number of years and earned four Master’s in English, Music, Science and Fine Arts.  She was a member of St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church, the Perpetual Eucharist Adoration, Fort Hays University Senior Companion Program and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Survivors include three daughters, Mary Morrison, LaCrosse, KS; Theresa Harris and husband, Joe, Ford, KS; Emily Teel and husband, Jerry, Hays, KS; one daughter-in-law, Misty Corzatt, Fayetteville, AR; one step son, Bill Corzatt, Stronghurst, IL; one step daughter, Angela Meyers, Media, IL; eight grandchildren, Angela Patton, Amber Klassen (Johnny), Nikki Probasco (Jon), Robert Cressler (Suzanne), Preston Cressler (Christine), Taylor Teel, Calea Corzatt, Christopher Corzatt; and 15 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Frank Corzatt; one step son, Ronald Corzatt; one brother, Lawrence, Harkleroad; one sister, Mary Emily Smith.

Services are 2:00 P.M. Friday, April 6, 2018, at St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church, 2901 East 13th Street, Hays, Kansas.  Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Hays, Kansas.

Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. Friday, at St. Nicholas of Mary Catholic Church.

The family suggest memorial to St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church.

Services are entrusted to Cline's-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 East 22nd Street, Hays, Kansas 67601.

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