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Bernice Gladys (Weber) (Babler) Aydt, age 99 years, three months and six days, passed away on March 18, 2023 at the Good Shepherd Home in Sauk Rapids, MN.

She was born on December 12, 1923 in Minneapolis, MN the daughter of Robert Andrew and Laura Luella (Bursch) Weber.

Bernice attended one room schools through the eighth grade in the Corcoran and Hassan area.  She attended and graduated Handke High School in Elk River, MN.  She then attended Minneapolis School of Business for four months until she could no longer afford it.

She lived on a small farm in Hassan, MN while attending high school.  During this time she assisted the woman of the household, who was in poor health.  Before catching the school bus, her duties were to start breakfast on the wood burning cook stove which usually consisted of coffee, hot cereal, fruit and toast (she had to get the fire started before preparing breakfast!).  She was responsible for paying her own bus fare and book rent so she worked in the library during the noon hour during her freshman year in high school.  During the remaining years in high school, she worked in the principals office during her study hour.  After school hours, she returned to the farm where she pumped and carried in water for the night and next day, she filled the wood box, assisted with the preparation of supper, washed and dried the dishes and cleaned the kitchen.  Then she worked on homework for the next day.  After graduation from high school, she attended the business school in Minneapolis at which time she lived with a family with two small children.  She assisted with the daily chores along with Saturday’s laundry and cleaning the house.

Bernice enjoyed reading, cooking and baking.  She was a devoted member of the Hanover United Methodist Church where she led an adult Sunday School class for many years, was the church treasurer and was the Historical Cabinet Assistant.

Bernice Weber and Norbert Babler were married on September 27, 1945 upon his return from WWII.  They were married only nine years when he passed away from a major heart attack.  After his passing, she moved to St. Michael and began working at Security State Bank of St. Michael where she worked for 28 years until her retirement.

In 1962 she married Ansel Aydt, a 50 year-old bachelor, from St. Michael.  Ansel passed away in 1999 from Parkinson’s Disease.

Survived by her loving children Susan (Mike Howard) Eichler, Steven (Paulette) Babler and Timothy (Laura) Aydt; grandchildren, Mark (Jo) Eichler, Kristina (Brian) Cartwright, Jennifer McDowell,  Eric (Caroline) Aydt, Justin Aydt;  great-grandchildren Jackson Cartwright, Nataliya Aydt, Samantha Babler, Nathan Cartwright, Colten Cartwright, Dillan McDowell, Lennon McDowell, Nicholas Aydt, Emmitt Eichler and Edison Eichler; brother Kenneth Weber; Mike Howard’s son:  Jon (Greta Norlander) Howard; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by her husbands; her parents; siblings Jean Kottke, Hattie Hawkins, Joyce Steffens, infant sister Betty Weber, June Weber, grandsons Dr. Matthew Eichler and Steven A. Babler.

Memorial service for Bernice Aydt will be held on Saturday, July 8th at 11:00 AM at The Peterson Chapel, St. Michael/Albertville Funeral Home.  Inurnment will be held at St. Michael Cemetery at 2:00 PM.

A visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

The Peterson Chapel, St. Michael/Albertville Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.



3 Guestbook Entries

  1. Sandy Anderson

    Sue and Mark, I am so very sorry for your loss. It is hard to lose a Mom or Grandma at any age..Many thoughts and prayers. Hugs to you all

  2. Mary Hartwig

    Sorry for your loss,but great memories.

  3. LaVonne Hegland

    So sorry for your loss! We were the young family with three little boys who lived across the street from Bernice. She always held a special place in our hearts! Such a kind women! She would make special Halloween bags for our boys every year. She has been dearly missed!


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