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Byrll Hoelke




Byrll Edmiston was born July 15, 1918 to Hugh and Anabel Edmiston.  She graduated from New Ulm High School in 1935 and the University of Missouri in 1939 with a degree in Journalism.


After secretarial school, she became editor of the La Palata Home Press weekly paper. As a U.S. Navy Reserve Lieutenant, she was involved with encoding and decoding U.S. military messages in Washington, D.C.


After being honorably discharged, she married Howard Hoelke on April 21, 1945. She worked as an Executive Assistant at Mayfair Mall, dispatched temporary help with Manpower and performed several other jobs. 


As a founder of the Village Playhouse of Wauwatosa, she was honored with the first annual Byrll Hoelke Award in 1982 for her selfless giving and devotion to the Village Playhouse.


Owing to deteriorating health, Byrll moved from her home of 30 years in Wauwatosa to National Regency, where her health stabilized for many years.  Byrll passed away peacefully Saturday, July 10, 2010.



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