Bernard “Bernie” Audette, age 66, of Cambridge died unexpectedly September 20, 2021 at Cambridge Medical Center. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 16th at Christ the King Catholic Church in Cambridge with a memorial visitation on Friday, October 15th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Strike Life Tributes in Cambridge and also one hour prior to the service at church on Saturday.
Bernard “Bernie” Pierre Audette was born August 14, 1955 in Crookston, Minnesota to Lester and Leah (Normandin) Audette. He graduated from Crookston High School in 1973. On May 20, 1977 Bernie married Patty Hermann in Georgetown, Minnesota. They made their home in several places before they settled in Cambridge in 1989. Bernie worked in retail most of his life and retired from Northbound Liquor in 2020. He was active in the community and known and loved for his fun personality, jokes and genuine character. Bernie enjoyed watching his kids sporting events as they grew up, following professional sports, golfing and especially spending time with his grandchildren.
Bernie died unexpectedly September 20, 2021 at Cambridge Medical Center at the age of 66 years, 1 month and 6 days. He was preceded in death by his parents; infant sister, Mary; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Andrew and Rose Hermann; and sisters-in-law, Karen Hermann and Rose Hermann.
Bernie will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Patty; sons, Jason (Valerie) Audette, and Justin Audette (Bethani); brother, Francis (Monika) Audette; sister, Marie (Bob) Lee; 6 grandchildren, Mya, Connor, Jack, Eli, Axel and Isabelle; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jerry (Linda) Hermann, Mary (Ernie) Normandin, Mike (Sheila) Hermann, Chuck (Shari) Hermann, Billy (Mary) Hermann, Tom Hermann, Barb (Mark) Thompson, Jean (Deon) Walton, and Richard (Lisa) Hermann; and by many other relatives and friends.
Omg my Bern man what am I gonna do without you my pamida friend you listen when I need some one to talk to, prayers my friend
Marie Travers says
Hey Bernie I am going miss you bunches here buddy and I love you bunches here buddy and u r in my memories here and everyone in crookston Minnesota here will miss you bunches also. May u rest in peace buddy.
valerie vickstrom says
Great boss ! !
An awesome co-worker and friend
But more than that he was a very caring friend, Your wit and chuckles made my days even better!
Prayers to Patty and your sons Justin and Jason. And especially the grandkids. as they will never know how what a great person you were to the rest of us !
Larry Audette says
When I received the phone call saying Bernie Audette had died, I was left in shock and reeling from the news.
He was my friend, my roommate, my cousin, my co-worker (actually my supervisor) and my best-man. Throughout my youth, he was the closest thing to a brother I had.
In our dream world, we were the best double-play combo the MN Twins ever had! We faced each other in the finals of the US Tennis Open. And, our buzzer beater shots in the seventh game of the NBA finals always went in. ALWAYS! I could usually outrun him but could rarely beat him in ping-pong or billiards.
You often hear friends defined as someone you can meet up with after a long absence and pick up a conversation right where you left off. That was us….and, we could finish each other’s jokes without needing a set up. To this day, I cannot be introduced to someone named Dave without hearing Bernie saying, “Dave’s not here!” (Google “George Carlin” if you don’t understand this) He introduced me to “In-A-Gada-Da-Vida” and dozens of other great pieces of music and we nearly wore a hole in the dash of his Dad’s car by using it as a bongo drum.
My heart pours out to Patty, Jason, Justin and their loved ones. And also to Marie and Francis.
In the last few days, I’ve imagined Bernie, Uncle Lester, and my Dad each holding a beer in one hand and horseshoes in the other wondering if and when the fourth player will show up. I hope to be there some day also Bernie – hold that spot for me!
Karen Clark says
Patty, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. May family, friends and good memories help you through this hard time.