Susie Brynjolfson Obituary, Death – Susie Brynjolfson-Meide died on January 17, 2023, surrounded by her heartbroken family, after a valiant fight with metastatic breast cancer. Her husband Joe, parents Morris and Dinah Brynjolfson, mother-in-law Penny Meide, brother Danny Brynjolfson, brother and sister-in-law John and Cheri Brynjolfson, and their sons Sean (20) and Ryan (17); and her best friend/sister and brother-in-law Patsy and Matt Peyerl, and their daughters Elizabeth (21), Katie (18), and Bryn (17). (8). Bernie, Fred, Pat, Dan, Dan, and Mary Kay, as well as Marian, Paula, Kelley, Teresa, and Sherry, are thrilled to be a part of her extended family.
Susie was born on December 25, 1964, in Minot, North Dakota, to Morris and Dinah. On that Christmas day, she was a blessed gift to her parents. Susie, who moved to Bismarck at a young age, attended St. Mary’s Central High School. She went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Marquette University and a master’s degree in Spanish from Colorado State University after graduating. Susie started teaching Spanish at Century High School in 1991, sparking a lifelong passion for education. Susie adored her students and coworkers at Century, where she proudly taught thousands of students over 31 years and served as chair of the Foreign Language Department for many years.
Susie worked as a teacher’s mentor for Bismarck Public Schools for many years because of her experience, enthusiasm, professionalism, and reputation as a teacher. She received the NEA Award for Teaching Excellence in 2016. When she saw one of her students out and about in town, cries of “Senora B!” could be heard all across Bismarck. During her brief sickness, the one thing that made her cry was the loss of her capacity to instruct her students. Susie met her husband and partner Joe Meide in 1992, and they married on November 25, 2005, beginning their everlasting adventure together. Susie was quickly accepted as a lifetime buddy of Joe. Susie and Joe regarded their friends as family. Susie enjoyed going to national parks with Joe, and she led several student trips to Spanish-speaking countries.
On many summer days, you could find them out on the river, navigating vintage car fairs where Joe would display his latest rebuilt vehicle, or tending to her flowers in the yard. They considered it an honor to be godparents to their nieces and nephews, as well as the children of their friends. Susie valued her family above anything else. She enjoyed spending time with her cousins Lynch and Strandemo, as well as watching Fighting Irish football games with her father and relatives. Susie treated her “Shining Stars,” Elizabeth at Notre Dame, Sean at Cornell, Katie at NDSU, Ryan at Century High, and Bryn at Cathedral Elementary, as if they were her own children. She was pleased to be able to cheer on her nieces and nephews in their many sports, academic activities, and accomplishments.
Glenn and Susie Brynjolfson, her paternal grandparents, and Dan and Agatha Mitzel, her maternal grandparents, both died when she was a child. Joe and Susie’s family would like to express their gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and personnel at Sanford Health for their kindness and skill in caring for our beloved Susie over the last two weeks. A Christian funeral Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Bismarck, North Dakota, on Friday, January 20, 2023, at 4 p.m. Visitation will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 19, 2023, followed by a Vigil Service and a traditional wake at 7 p.m.