Mercedes M. (Steinbach) Mewszel died peacefully into the arms of Jesus on Jan. 23, 2022 at Elim/Pioneer house. Mercedes (Ceedy) was born on Feb. 28, 1932 in Fergus Falls to Oscar and Amanda (Anderson) Steinbach. She quit school her junior year to get married to Edward (Ed) Mewszel on May 22, 1949. Daughter Pam was born 19 months later and Renee 2 ½ years after that. After 9 years, Ceedy decided to go back to school and finish her junior and senior year. She graduated from Fergus Falls High School on June 1, 1961, graduating with her ring bearers. Mercedes worked for Service Food and then Otter Tail Power Co. She went back to college and graduated from Moorhead State University in Aug. of 1981. She was manager of Energy Management Programs at OTP. She was very active in business and professional women’s organizations throughout her career. She retired from OTP in 1994. Ceedy and Ed loved to travel. After Ed’s death in 1995, she still continued to travel both over seas and in the states. She moved to Arizona for 13 yrs to be closer to her sister Dory. She moved back to Fargo in 2008 after the birth of her first great grandchild. In Feb, 2015 she had a stroke and ended up in Elim Care Center where she has been since. She loved playing games there, especially bingo. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sisters Lou and Dory, her in-laws. Her survivors include her daughters Pam (Arnie) Rohde and Renee (Jim) Lundberg: 4 grandchildren, Rhonda (Tim) Morrissey, Robyn Rohde, Chris Lundberg and Brian (Jami) Lundberg: 4 great grandchildren, Megan & Eric Morrissey, Hayden and Brynlee Lundberg and several nieces and nephews. Thank you to Elim for the special care you gave our mom and also to Hospice of the Red River Valley. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Living Waters Lutheran Church, Elim Care Center and/or Hospice of the Red River Valley. Mercede's Video Tribute can be viewed below:

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  1. My Dear Auntie Ceedy, I am so very happy I got a hug & kiss from you just a few short months ago. I have so many fun, crazy memories of us together that will always be in my heart. Of course my favorite will always be of our Malaysian adventures, my kids will never forget that either. You always had a smile on your face & hugs to give. You were an inspiration to us all and you will be missed, but so happy for you now.. in God’s Loving Arms ❤

  2. Dear family of Ceedy,
    I had the pleasure of working with Ceedy at Otter Tail Power for several years. We were involved in the EWRT (Electrical Women’s Roundtable now WINUP), attending several meetings together and organizing meetings. Ceedy was very involved and made sure the rest of us got involved too. She always kept us laughing with her fun personality and crazy antics. I remember her great love for Ed and you girls..so proud of all of you. I was blessed to have known her. Blessings of comfort and peace to you.

  3. Renee and family- sorry to read about your mom. She was good friends with my mom through our church in Fergus Falls. I visited with your mom at One Oak when she lived there. A lovely lady. Thoughts and prayers.

  4. Our sympathy to you and your family, Pam and Renee. And to everyone who knew Ceedy, such a happy and bubbly person. She left us with many great memories, like playing Yatze all Sunday afternoon on those cold winter days or picnicking at the beach on the hot summer days. We will all miss her, but it is a blessing that she does not have to suffer with pain anymore. She is now back with her sisters and singing in heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. Renee, Jim and family. We were so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing away. It feels like we were meant to see you at Heirloom’s that day and talk about our parents.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Mourn her death but really celebrate her life and cherish all the wonderful memories you have!

    Take care

  6. I have such wonderful memories of Mercedes! We were in the class of 1961 at Fergus Falls High School together – she was 29 nd I was 17 and we all loved her. She was like a “mom” to us and, in fact, signed her message in my annual “Maw.” She was always happy and an inspiration to all of us that no matter what age, you can still go back and redo things you didnt finish. I married right after high school and didn’t attend college until my kids were grown. She was my model as I walked the halls as a much older student. I fit in just fine, and made many friends, just as she did. My condolences to her family and friends.

  7. Our sympathy to the family. We know Ceedy is in a better place, free of pain and suffering. Ceedy was like a second mother to me, and I have many memories I will cherish always. I will truly miss her. Sandy and Mike Oak

  8. Ceedy was such a wonderful inspiration to us all. She loved life and her Savior. She had that motherly instinct and had taken me under her wing as a second mom. I have many Great memories with her at Peace Lutheran church in Arizona along with shopping trips for those elusive bargains we would find. I treasure all those homemade cards that I received throughout the years and that God had put her in my pathway to meet. My thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends for comfort during this time.

  9. My Great Aunt Ceedy, I have such fond memories of you and your time here in Phoenix. Everything we did was always an adventure. Even as a young boy I could see the value of staying young at heart as I get older. I try to remember that today. I loved going to our favorite restaurants (Ed Debevic’s and Organ Stop Pizza) and playing Yahtzee on your back patio. You are deeply missed. Love you, always.

  10. I worked with Ceedy for several years at OTP and learned so much from her. Not only about working with Conservation Programs but about life and how to enjoy and make the most of it! She was a great mentor to me and brought me in to the group of other utility women – joining EWRT/WiNUP. I later became National Chair and still cherish the great friendships I was able to make because of her. (She will be deeply missed by that group of ladies!) I also loved to hear the stories about her family and oh how she loved you all! I remember even little Robin coming to work with her a few times 🙂 Her love for travel rubbed off on me as well and I remember all the trips she went on taking other family members and sometimes just a bunch of friends celebrating her 50th birthday. l too now love to travel but will never be able to match the number of places she has gone – such great experiences. After Ceedy retired I visited her in AZ, she loved being there with her sister nearby but once Ed passed things just weren’t the same for her – he was the love of her life, Pam and Renee, not a day went by that she didn’t have some story or thoughts about you and oh the love she had for you and the grandchildren!! I am very sorry I was not able to be at her service but i am following in her footsteps and I am south this winter. Thoughts and prayers are with you all – Blessed be the life of Ceedy! Gone but never forgotten.

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