Alfred A. Baert

Baert, Alfred A. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, May 23, 2022 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell, MN for Alfred August Baert, age 98. He passed away on Monday, May 2, 2022 in Sartell. MN. Inurnment will be at the Minnesota State Veteran's Cemetery at Little Falls, MN. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Alfred "Al" was born on July 2, 1923 at Maple Lake, MN, the son of Frank and Elizabeth (Paumen) Baert. He grew up in Maple Lake and graduated from Maple Lake High School in 1941. He enlisted into the United States Army Air Corp on October 2, 1941. He served his country until his honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force on July 31, 1962. He attained the rank of Senior Master Sergeant serving during both WWII and the Korean Conflict. He was united in marriage to Jean Shy on July 31, 1943 in Dayton, Ohio. Al and Jean lived in many places while Al was serving in the Army and later the Air Force. He also was involved in the Civil Air Patrol as Lt Col from July 28, 1963 until he retired in December 1998. He retired from the State Civil Defense Department in 1987. During his retirement he was an avid outdoorsman and started the Minnesota Fishing Museum in 1989 in his basement. Later moving it to Little Falls, MN location in 1993. He was just inducted into the Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame on April 22, 2022. He is survived by: one daughter, Donna Jean (Steve) Rinehart, other relatives and many friends. Al and his family request that all memorials go to the Minnesota Fishing Museum and Hall of Fame at 304 West Broadway, Little Falls, MN 56345.