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March 13, 2014
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WAUKESHA Berniece M. Woodburn, a longtime Waukesha resident, died on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at Angels Grace Hospice at the age of 84 years. She was born in Eagle Grove, IA on March 12, 1929 the daughter of Henry and Catherine (nee Degan) Keppers. She was a graduate of Eagle Grove High School where she performed in theater musicals. Berniece received her associate degree in teaching and taught in one-room schoolhouses in Iowa. She then became a stewardess for American Airlines. On October 2, 1954 she married Robert J. Woodburn in Eagle Grove, IA; he preceded her in death on June 7, 1997. Berniece was a former model and beauty queen in Illinois and went on to judge Miss America Beauty Pageants. In addition she was a real estate agent and was last employed at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She was a member of the Kiwi Club and a longtime member of St. Mary's Catholic Church where she was active with the Christian Mother's, Catholic Study Club, New Beginnings and where she initiated the visiting of the sick at Waukesha Memorial Hospital.



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