Mercedes Y. Tafelski

July 11, 1926November 1, 2020

Mercedes Yunker Tafelski, devoted mother of four, grandmother of 16, great-grandmother of 20 and friend to all so many, passed away in Largo, Florida on Sunday, November 1, 2020 surrounded by her children, Tom, Ed, June and Greg along with their spouses, then joined by many of her grandchildren. She was born July11, 1926 in Pittsburgh, PA, the 4th of 5 children. She lost her mother at a young age and ended up taking on many responsibilities for the family. She was a devoted Catholic all of her life, loved to attend church, enjoyed so much to visit with her church friends and lived her faith in every way.

Mercedes was 4’11” tall on a really good day, but her love far exceeded her height every day. She loved big. She loved loud. She loved on purpose. She taught that type of love to all who encountered her - especially her family. She loved and treasured her family and embraced the times she had with them. Her children made her heart skip a beat. Her grandchildren took her breath away. There were always toys in the hallway closet for the littlest grandkids and a drawer of makeup in the spare bedroom for the many granddaughters. She loved her son & daughters-in-law just as much. She taught everyone that once a son/daughter, always a son/daughter. Once a member of her family, always a member of her family. Always unconditional love. No matter the circumstance. She showed how to continue when life has turned your world upside down. She showed how love never fails, for she lived it.

She loved babies; she was so good with them. She loved people - the more the merrier. She welcomed everyone into her home and her life. She knew no stranger and greeted every person with a giant hug (and usually snuck a kiss in there, too). She was able to see the heart of a person and made everyone feel so special. She possessed a contagious laughter, was very sparkly, very accessorized, loved her gold or silver shoes and was perpetually adorned with jewelry. Always looked forward to meeting up with her Red Hat ladies and her book club friends for get-togethers. She really looked forward to her regular meet ups with all of her Applebee’s friends. She loved a good party, and managed to become the life of most of them – always a firecracker - simply because of her wonderful energy. She could dance the night away. She loved life and that was clear to all. She was a hard worker - raised 4 kids, always there for her grandkids, her home was immaculate, enjoyed baking, worked at Maas Brothers/Macy’s, MAC, Godiva Chocolates and spent her evenings making homemade chocolates well into her 90s.

Mercedes, our mom and grandma was one-of-a-kind. She had an everlasting impact on all of us, as well as, most of those she met. She will be sadly missed and will be lovingly remembered forever. A celebration of her life is planned for Friday, November 27, 2020 from 5-8 pm at Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home 2853 Sunset Point Rd., Clearwater, FL. Join us to share memories of Mercedes. A memorial mass is scheduled for 10 am on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church located at 9111 90th Ave. N., Largo, FL 33777. A graveside ceremony will follow at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park located at 2860 Sunset Point Rd., Clearwater, FL 33759 *Masks will be required at all events.


  • Visitation

    Friday, November 27, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, November 28, 2020

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Kathleen Turner

November 30, 2020

My heartfelt condolences to the family.

Connie/Beethoven Abenoja

November 27, 2020

When my son,Michael,married her granddaughter,Shannon,Mercedes loved and adored Michael like his own.Whenever,we come and visit from NY,She was always so gracious and opened her beautiful home to us.Because of her faith, her spirit soars high like an eagle.
She never run out of stories about her triumphs in life, because of prayers and her faith.She was proud as always to show us her mementos as a testament of her great love for God and her endearing family.A rosary beads in her hands were like a permanent fixture, even when she was not feeling too well.My husband and I were so blessed to have known her.She proudly wears her heart on her sleeves.Something that should be emulated.She is someone I look up to in my growing years.I could not help but gets teary when I think of her, and would not be able to hear, see or visit her with her favorite Panera pastries.
I will surely miss her. A visit in Fl wouldn’t be the same without her smiles and her laughter and her tight hugs.
Mercedes,thank you for your love and generosity.I love You. Beethoven misses you.
Journey on in peace....Watch over us and continue to guide us, as we pray for you and to you.
Eternal Rest grant unto Her soul Oh Lord and Let Your perpetual light shine upon her. May Her soul rest in everlasting peace. Amen!❤️❤️❤️😢😢😢

Cindy Snyder

November 11, 2020

So very sorry to hear of the loss of Mercedes. I was lucky enough to talk to her a couple of weeks before she left this earth. She was like a great Aunt to me and my kids when she spent the summers in Oswego, NY. She was always interested in everything going on and wanting to be a part of it. Always keeping busy and bringing her chocolate covered marshmallows and pretzels to the kids graduation parties and our Summer picnics. She was a very unique personality and will be missed. Her spirit will always be with us.

Jo Ann Smegelsky

November 11, 2020

Mercedes was a very special lady who was considered family to my family. She was always included in any special event we had going on. She brought life, laughter and love to all our visits with her here in Oswego. God bless you all and thank you for sharing her with us.

Annette Pilcher

November 6, 2020

We are so sorry to hear of Mercedes’ passing. Our condolences to her family.
She was such a fun lady. I remember the lunches, going to the movies and shopping. I always enjoyed seeing her and spending time with her. She was a real social butterfly and thrived on meeting new people and spending time with friends and family.
Will definitely miss those times together.

Stacie Guy

November 6, 2020

My condolences to the family regarding the passing of Mercedes. I first met her when I began working in the cosmetic department of Maas Brothers downtown St Petersburg. We worked together for 18 months until I received a promotion to another store. Mercedes was a force of nature scaring my then 23 year old self. However we became friendly over time. A running joke between “Cede” and I included another co-worker with the last name of Benz. She said “if I married him, I’d become Mercedes Benz”. May flights of angels sing her to her rest.


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