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Monica L. Mendez, 60

Monica L. Mendez, age 60, of Rockford, died Friday, July 31, 2009, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN.

She was born Feb. 5, 1949, in Austin, to LaVonne and George Biedermann.

Monica was joined in marriage to Joe F. Mendez May 10, 1975. Together, they raised two children, Jessica and Richard.

From an early age, Monica loved playing piano and participating in school musicals. Later, she turned that love toward teaching young piano students.

Monica could be seen and heard playing the organ or the piano nearly every Sunday at Our Father’s Lutheran Church in Rockford. She accompanied the church choir, was a member of the bell choir, and played at funerals and weddings while holding down a full-time staffing position with Loram in Loretto.

Monica lived for her family in every sense. She was a devoted daughter, and the glue that kept her four siblings in close contact with one another. Her children were her pride and joy, and her three grandsons a blessing in her life.

She never missed an opportunity to bake a loaf of bread or rolls for an impromptu gathering at her kitchen table, and her table was always set with care and consideration for the season.

Monica would do whatever it took to be with her husband, her children and son-in-law, and her grandchildren. They were the joy of her life. One of her favorite memories was the time spent sitting on a bench on the shore of Lake Superior in Duluth with her husband, Joe, just being together. Her entire family will miss her dearly.

Survivors include her husband, Joe Mendez; children Jessica (Dave) Dornsbach of Albertville, and Richard (Ricky) Mendez of Buffalo; grandsons Carter, Garrett, and Owen Dornsbach; her siblings Stephen (Bonnie) Biedermann of Palm Coast, FL, Mary Kay (Skip) Stevens of Henderson, NV, Michael (Ruth) Biedermann of Austin, and Greg (Becky) Biedermann of Lindstrom.

Monica was preceded in death by her parents, George and LaVonne Biedermann; and by her nephew, Gabriel Biedermann.

A memorial service took place Wednesday, Aug, 5 at 11:30 a.m. at Our Father’s Lutheran Church in Rockford, with visitation beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the church. Private interement was at Elmwood Cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home.