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Bernice B. Hoeper, deaf foundation founder
Bernice B. Hoeper, deaf foundation founder

Bernice B. Hoeper, who founded the A. Eugene Hoeper Foundation, Deaf Outreach, died April 23 of colon cancer at Northwest Hospital in Randallstown. She was 88. The daughter of Edwin Borchardt and Lorena Borchardt, farmers, the former Bernice Borchardt was born and raised in Hamburg, Wis. She graduated in 1944 from Merrill High School in Merrill, Wis., and in 1953, married A. Eugene Hoeper, who was an inspector for Marathon Electric Co. in Wausau, Wis. While living in Wausau, she worked as an executive secretary for Employers Insurance Co. of Wausau, until she and her husband moved to Columbia. Mrs. Hoeper was 18 when she lost her hearing after suffering from spinal meningitis. Her...

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