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Birdie Ann Wooster

HERINGTON – Birdie Ann Wooster, 86, died Monday, December 12th, 2016, at the Island Health & Rehabilitation, Merritt Island, Florida.  She was born on November 22, 1930, in St. Louis, Missouri, to Belmont L. and Bessie Mae (Shafer) Locke.  At the age of six months the family moved to Herington.

A Celebration of Life Service is being planned for a later date at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, Herington.  A Private Committal Service was held Monday, December 19th, 2016, at the Zeiner Funeral Home, Herington Chapel; and interment was in the Sunset Hill Cemetery, Herington, with Pastor Bill Peterson officiating.

Birdie attended the Herington schools and graduated with the class of 1948.  She was active in school activities, Rainbow for Girls, and attended the Episcopal Church, all in Herington.

She married Norman Wooster on August 21, 1948.  Their daughter Rhonda Ann was born on July 10, 1949; and their son Monty Neil was born on September 9, 1950.

Birdie and her family continued to live in Herington where she was a stay at home mom.  She held down several jobs over the years including Paragon Products and Oxandale’s, and was an accomplished seamstress and a super cook.

As a mother she was active in her children’s schooling and when they joined 4-H she served as clothing leader and taught many local girls how to sew.

Birdie loved to play softball and coached the Herington girls’ softball team for several very successful seasons.

In her “younger” years, Birdie was very active in a local bowling league and helped take her team to the State Bowling Championships several years in a row.

Birdie was an avid reader her whole life and also enjoyed all kinds of card games.  She had a special love for “cribbage” and grew up playing with her mother and father, ultimately teaching her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids how to play.  She spent many hours in Florida playing the game on her I-Pad.

In later years she did sewing for others, and made many beautiful wedding gowns for family and friends.

In the 1970’s, Birdie and Norman bought into a partnership to own and operate a popular local bar “The Spot” and a private club in Herington.

During this time they had a houseboat on Milford Lake … there were many, many hours of enjoyment with family and friends.  Her love of the water continued throughout her life and at a very young age received the American Red Cross Lifesaving Certificate, but her most proud accomplishments were teaching swimming lessons to both children and adults.

As she got older, her card playing expanded into frequenting the gambling casinos in Kansas, Missouri, Las Vegas, and then finally in Florida.  She also spent many hours, after relocating to Florida, at the VFW at the end of the street playing her favorite slot machine.

Her most treasured moments were spent with her very close family, and annual family reunions helped maintain contact with all of them.  In July she was able to fly to Kansas City for one last family get together.

Birdie lived in Herington until six months after the death of her husband, Norman, when she moved to Florida with her daughter and son-in-law.  She enjoyed the sunshine, and the ocean waves for fourteen months prior to her death.

Birdie was preceded in death by her husband: Norman on April 9, 2015; a sister: Patsy June Miller; a brother Larry Locke; and her parents.

She is survived by her daughter Rhonda Anderson (husband-Mike) of Cape Canaveral, FL; son Monty Wooster (wife-Karen) of Lincoln, NE; two (2) sisters: Shirley Pierce of Wichita, and Emmy Lou Tucker of Pensacola, FL; and a sister-in-law Cathy Locke of Kansas City, KS.  Also survived by her grandchildren:  Jayson Kliger, Tara (Wooster) Owens (husband-Gary), Kyle Wooster (wife- Candice Suttie); and great grandchildren:  Dominic, Austin, and Jordan Swindler; Rylie Owens; Julianna and Gwynneth Wooster, and soon Paxton Norman Wooster to be born in February 2017.

The family requests memorials, in lieu of flowers, to the Alzheimer’s Association; and they may be sent in care of the Zeiner Funeral Home, Herington Chapel, 404 S. Broadway, Herington, KS, 67449-3038.

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So sorry to here of her passing. She was truly a wonderful woman. I loved going to Milford and hanging out with her and Norman at their house boat. Wonderful memories in my life. She was a very special lady and know that our Lord has a very special place for her in Heaven. I'm praying for your family at this time of sorrow.

Chris Biehler Dec 14 2017 12:00 AM



Dear Rhonda & Monty,

Please accept my deepest sympathy. I will always fondly remember your Mother.

For me, am grateful for all those times at the fabric store she helped me choose my next project. Was so very grateful as Birdie made sure I had cute and fun things to wear at a time when that was so very important. She was always so kind, patient, and encouraging.

My wish for Birdie is that she had a peaceful passing and was able to do the things she loved as long as she could.

Susan Shahan

Susan Shahan Dec 22 2016 12:00 AM

Like so many others, I have many wonderful memories of Birdie. So kind and helpful to to all of us girl's at Oxandale's as we spent hours and hours poring over pattern books and deciding what to wear for special occasions or the first day of school! Always working along side us when we served dinners as Rainbow girls. Simply the best.

Becky Lacey Pultz Dec 22 2016 12:00 AM

Ronda & Monty, I am sorry for the loss of your Mother. She had infectious enthusiasm, a friendly smile and a warmth about her. You were blessed with nice parents.

Mike O'Connor Dec 22 2016 12:00 AM

Ahhah, I smile when I think of Birdie. What a fun loving lady. Remembering your trips to Shelton, plus Shafer Reunions are such treasured times. Thank you for sharing your Mom with us. May you find comfort in many wonderful memories of her, and the live of family and friends. Cousin Kathy [Gibbons] Ganz

Kathleen Ganz Dec 21 2016 12:00 AM

A wonderful lady...too many good memories to post them all. But I think very fondly of The Spot sponsoring our "The Spot" men's slow pitch softball team back in "slow-pitch heyday, which I had the pleasure of coordinating for our team. The Wooster's were so generous! A case of beer for every game we won, and we were good that summer, and won many games, ha!. And, the end of season hosting the team on the houseboat at the Lake. Just wonderful memories! Rhonda and Monty, you're in my thoughts.

Jerry Jensen Dec 21 2016 12:00 AM

Rhonda and Monty...I was so sorry to read about your mother's passing. When you still lived on So. 8th I can still see her in front of the north windows ironing jeans. Please except our deepest sympathies for your loss.
Jim Davis...Bill Davis...Bobbi Jo Lehmann and myself.

Pat Davis Welch Dec 21 2016 12:00 AM

So many wonderful memories of Birdie. She taught me to sew ("the most important part of the sewing is the iron") and made my sides ache with laughter on bowling league nights. I will always remember our weekend at the state tournament! Birdie and Norm were wonderful surrogate parents to us all and were such a vital part of Herington. Monty and Rhonda, I am keeping you and your families in my thoughts.

Tracey Elliott-Suliak Dec 21 2016 12:00 AM