Francis ‘Dale’ Brotzman
On Monday, April 7, 2014, in the afternoon the Lord called another of His children home. Francis “Dale” Brotzman died at Scranton Regional Hospital, Scranton, PA. He would tell us “Do not stand at my grave and weep, for I am not there.”
He was born in Meshoppen, PA on Nov. 20, 1948, the son of Francis Arthur and Jeanette Amanda Salsman Brotzman. He resided his entire life on the Brotzman family dairy farm. Farming became his way of life. He lived for his Jerseys, his family and his farm. He graduated from Wyalusing Valley High School in May 1968 and immediately began farming with his father. He met the love of his life, Carol Ann Hoose, at the Troy Fair in July 1970, and the Rev. Al B. Jayne married them March 24, 1973 in the Beaver Meadows United Methodist Church.
They began housekeeping in the old farmhouse in which his grandparents had resided. The next year their family began to grow with Amanda being born in June 1974. They purchased interest in the family farm two days after Charles was born in November 1975, and two days after Mary Ellen was born in October 1977, they purchased the farm that his grandparents, Clark and Florence Sink Brotzman, had purchased from his father, Elisha and Rose Culver Brotzman in 1902.
The farm grew, as did their lives. Jersey cattle covered the hillsides numbering as high as 125. Farming was their life. After his father died, they purchased the remainder of the family farm and his brother, Randy came to live with them— the only home he too had ever known. In July 2002 both farms were declared Pennsylvania Century farms. The original farm in Tuscarora Township had been purchased by James C. and Margaret French Culver before 1845.
Dale was a member of the Beaver Meadows United Methodist Church and the Cemetery Association there. He was always helping someone do whatever needed to be done. Even after his death, his corneas will help someone else see. In October 2011 when his health was failing, Dale and Carol found a home for all their Jerseys on Rock Hill with the Jimmy Milliron family. They had to go together. They were a family too.
Dale is survived by his wife of 41 years, Carol; his daughter, Amanda Louise Kingsbury and her husband, Kevin. They have two sons, Alex and Storm who reside in Gouveneur, NY. Their son Francis “Charles” resides on the family farm and married Jennifer Hunsinger. They have two sons, Damien and Tyler. Mary Ellen Brotzman resides in Berwick with her two Rotties. He is also survived by his siblings, Ray Brotzman and his wife, Karen of Tunkhannock, Norma Jean Ahlbrandt of Mehoopany, Alan Brotzman of Grover and Sue Teeter of Ulster; brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Donna Spencer of Ulster. There are many nieces, nephews and cousins that survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis Brotzman on July 4, 2000 and his mother, Jeanette on May 3, 1992; brothers, Dennis Brotzman on June 30, 1997 and Randy Brotzman on May 24, 2005; brothers-in-law, Gerald Ahlbrandt on Oct. 1, 2006 and Ricky Teeter on March 20, 2008; his in-laws, Charles F. Hoose on Nov. 23, 1991 and Louise Shefler Hoose on Oct. 12, 2011.
It is Dale’s wish that there be no formal services. A small private service will be held at the family farm with a friend, Bill Beebe, officiating. Burial will be on the family farm he loved so very much.
Pallbearers that will be carrying Dale to his final resting place will be Charlie Brotzman, George Bolles, Kevin Kingsbury, Alex Kingsbury, Storm Kingsbury, Tyler Brotzman, Damien Brotzman, Marvin Brotzman, Sr., Jerry Clapper and Clyde Trible.
Arrangements were entrusted with Sheldon Funeral Homes, Main Street, Laceyville. Online condolences may be made at www.sheldonfuneralhomes.com.
We are all God’s children, Thank you Lord for letting us borrow Dale Brotzman for a short time.
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