Merceda Zerr

June 5, 1931-Dec. 24, 2020

Merceda Zerr, 89, Har-

vey, ND, died on De-

cember 24, 2020, at the St.

Aloisius Hospital in Har-

vey. Arrangements with

Hertz Funeral Home, Har-

vey, ND.

Funeral mass will be at

10:30 a.m. on Wednesday,

December 30, 2020, at St.

Cecilia Catholic Church,


Burial will be in the St.

Cecilia Catholic Cemetery,

Harvey, ND.

Visitation will be from

4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

on Tuesday, December 29,

at the Hertz Funeral

Home, Harvey, ND.

Merceda was born June

5, 1931. She was the

daughter of Adam and

Magdalene (Hager) Zerr.

She grew up on the family

farm and attended a rural

country school near Har-

vey. She graduated from

Harvey High School in

1948 at the age of 16 and

started her teaching career

shortly thereafter. She

completed her education

at Minot State University

with a Bachelor of Sci-

ence Degree, a major in

Elementary Education and

a double minor in Busi-

ness Education and Physi-

cal Education. Merceda

started her teaching career

in Pierce County at a rural

school for 7 years, New

Town for 1 year, Bismarck

for 3 years, and lastly she

taught for 31 years at

Washington Elementary

in Minot, ND, where she

finally retired in 1991 at

the age of 59 years old,

after having taught for 42


Merceda enjoyed travel-

ing. She traveled to 6

foreign countries, includ-

ing Spain, Italy, Norway,

Israel, France, Portugal

(Lourdes & Fatima), Cana-

da, and extensively in the

United States. Merceda

was a member of St.

Cecelia’s Catholic Church,

St. Cecelia’s Altar Society,

Catholic Daughter’s,

North Dakota Retired

Teachers Association, and

the Harvey Eagles Auxili-


Merceda was preceded

in death by her parents

Adam and Magdalene

(Hager) Zerr, brother

Adam J. “Sonny” Zerr, sis-

ter Agnes Zerr, sister-

in-law Joyce, brother-in-

law Peter P. Hoffart, a spe-

cial aunt Mary (Hager)

Volk who grew up with

the Adam Zerr family as a

young child until her mar-

riage to Nick Volk.

Merceda is survived by

one sister, Magdalene

(Pete) Hoffart of Harvey;

nephew Adam J. Zerr III

(Amanda Kristofik) of

Pittsburgh, PA; niece Jody

Doll-Wilhelm (Chad) of

Rochester, MN; nephew

Tim Pyle (Jeanette) of

Litchfield Park, AZ; niece

Debbie Liebelt (Kenny) of

Harvey, ND; nephew Da-

vid Alexander (Jean) of

Bismarck, ND; niece Darla

Martin (Mark) of Good-

year, AZ; great-nephews

and nieces Skylar Doll

and Bailey Doll of Roches-

ter, MN; Joel (Elissa)

Liebelt of Elko, NV; Jacey

(Jeremiah) Fandrich of

Harvey, ND; Corey Martin

of Goodyear, AZ; and

Connor and Cody Pyle