Obituaries 06/29/23

Bernice Aydt, 99 

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 principal’s 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 8, at 11:00 A.M. at The Peterson Chapel, St. Michael/Albertville Funeral Home. Inurnment will be held at St. Michael Cemetery at 2:00 P.M.

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. On-line condolences can be made at


Tricia Hansen, 49

Tricia Renae Hansen, age 49, of Annandale, formerly of Buffalo, died peacefully with family at her side on Saturday, June 24, 2023, after a two-year battle with cancer.

A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 30, 2023, at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Annandale with visitation one hour prior to the service. Pastor Ryan Clark will officiate. Burial will follow at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in French Lake Township.

Tricia Renae Lemke was born May 9, 1974, in Litchfield, to Keith Lemke and Patricia (Johnson) Janey. She grew up in Howard Lake, attending St. James Parochial School and graduating from Howard Lake-Waverly High School with the Class of 1992. She lived in Buffalo, where she raised three beautiful daughters. Tricia started her career as a fantastic car salesperson, working in Buffalo, Minnetonka, and, most recently, at Freeway Motors in Rogers. While working in Minnetonka, she met Jeffrey Hansen; they were united in marriage on a cruise ship in Miami on March 9, 2008. In spring of 2023, Tricia was blessed with a beautiful granddaughter; she was proud to become “NaNa.” Tricia enjoyed making a beautiful home for her family. She loved cooking, baking, gardening, crafting, fishing, being with her dogs, taking vacations, and just living life. More than anything, Tricia loved making memories with her three daughters.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Jeff Hansen; daughters, Shaley (Joe) Painschab, of Litchfield, Cheyenne Karels, of Waverly, and Shaniah (Steven) Johnson, of Cokato; granddaughter, Paisley Renae Johnson; parents, Keith (Sally) Lemke and Patricia (Steven) Janey; brother, Jason Lemke; step-brothers, Kevin (Lisa) Schiltz and Justin (Heather) LeClair; sister-in-law, Jane Schiltz; and many nieces and nephews. 

Tricia was proceeded in death by her grandparents, Don and Dolores Lemke, Adolph Johnson, and Gladys Peterson; uncle, Wayne Lemke; and step-brother, Brian Schiltz.

The casket bearers will be Jason Lemke, Kevin Schiltz, Justin LeClair, and Dale Karels. Arrangements are entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial and Cremation Services of Annandale.

Obituary, Guestbook, and Video Tribute online at


Debra Lewerke, 66

Debra Ray Lewerke, loving daughter and sister, passed away at the age of 66 on June 19, 2023. 

She was born on August 6, 1956, in Estherville, Iowa, to Harm and Eula (Zufall) Lewerke. Debra graduated from Buffalo High School and was employed by General Mills until her retirement. 

When she wasn’t working, she liked to spend her free time with friends and family. She played softball, joined bowling leagues, played pool, and loved seeing her family at their reunions. Debra was kind, outgoing, and had a warm smile. A passion for Debra was her four-legged friends who kept her company. She had several dogs and cats in her lifetime, all of whom she cared for very much. 

We will miss her laughter, smiles, and even her scolding at times. 

Debra was preceded in death by her father, Harm; mother, Eula; and brother, Paul. 

She is survived by her siblings, Steven, Noreen (James), Donnie (Donna), and Danny; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews; and many other relatives and friends. 

Memorial Service was held Tuesday, June 27, 2023, at 11:00 A.M. with visitation one hour prior at the Buffalo Covenant Church in Buffalo, MN. Inurnment followed the service at Swedish Mission Cemetery in Buffalo.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. Online condolences for the family may be directed to


Lucille Offerdahl, 85

Lucille “Lou” Marie Lenoir Offerdahl, 85, of Buffalo, passed away June 22, 2023. Lou was born June 14, 1938, in Graham’s Island, ND. She was one of 16 children born to Peter and Victoria Dubois Lenoir. Lou moved to Grand Forks, ND, where she met her husband, Chester, and they raised their daughter, Julie.  She worked for many years at the University of North Dakota and later in life at Valley Memorial Homes in Grand Forks. Lou moved to Buffalo, MN, in 2007 and took on her greatest role as GaGa to her precious granddaughters, Adriana and Avree.  

Lou is survived by daughter, Julie; and son-in-law, Jeremy Waschek, of Buffalo MN; one sister, Grace Morgan, of Fargo, ND; stepson, Larry (Lynn) Offerdahl, of Champlin, MN; 13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. 

A private family memorial will be held at a later date. The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, MN, is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to



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