Bernice H. Burbach

Nov. 14, 1911 Ė Sept. 16, 2011
Bernice H. Burbach, of Delafield, died on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, at Linden-Grove Healthcare Center in Waukesha at the age of 99. She was born on November 14, 1911 in New Berlin, the daughter of George and Katie (nee Puetzer) Petrie. Bernice attended Holy Apostles Grade School and St Johnís Cathedral High School. On July 5, 1952, she married Clifford J. Burbach in New Berlin. For years they lived in Wauwatosa and were longtime members of St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church. Their only son, Robert, died from leukemia on Feb. 24, 1963, at the age of 9. Years later, Bernice and her husband retired to a home on Nagawicka Lake in Delafield. Prior to her marriage, she worked for 13 years as a secretary at Kohler Sand and Gravel in New Berlin. Bernice was an avid reader and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles. She was a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Nashotah.

She will be dearly missed by her nieces: the late Sara (Charles) Wieber of Waukesha, Catherine Guminey of New Berlin, Elizabeth (Jay) Ireland of Roswell, Ga., and Jean Marie Petty of Alpharetta, Ga.; her nephews Joseph McCormack of Chesterfield, Mo., Larry (Karen) Whitehaus of West Orange, N.J., Brian (Christine) Whitehaus of New Berlin, and Gregory Whitehaus of Muskego. She is further survived by other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford, on Oct. 22, 1997, and their son Robert; her sisters Loretta Flanagan and Marie Whitehaus and brothers Sylvester Petrie and Alphonse Petrie and her parents.

The family would like to thank the staff on Dogwood Court at LindenGrove and Seasons Hospice, especially Julie and Tom, for their attention and loving care.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral Mass Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, all at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 120 Nashotah Road, Nashotah, WI 53058. The Rev. Michael Strachota will preside. Burial will be at Holy Apostles Cemetery in New Berlin.

If desired, memorials are appreciated to St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church (address above) or the charity of the donorís choice.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to to leave the family an online tribute message.