2017-08-17 / Obituaries

Mabel Brotzman

February 26, 2017


Mabel Brotzman Mabel Brotzman Mabel Eleanor Brotzman, 92, died peacefully in her sleep on Feb. 26, 2017 in Hilo, Hawaii.

She was born on April 28, 1924 near London, England. She was 15 years old when Great Britain entered the second world war. After finishing school, she worked in London as a telephone operator during the war years. In 1942 she met her future husband, Elwood H. Brotzman, an airman with the 306th bomb group station in Thurleigh, England. Elwood was shot down and captured by the Nazis in 1943. Within a month of his liberation from POW camp, Elwood and Mabel married in May of 1945.

In December of 1945 Mabel moved to the United States and became a U.S. citizen. Together, Mabel and Elwood operated a small dairy farm and raised three children, Paul, Patrica and Catherine.

After retirement, Elwood and Mabel traveled the country in their motor home and ultimately settled in Homestead, FL, where they enjoyed the warm weather and fishing until Elwood passed in 2001. Following her husband’s death, Mabel moved to Virginia, then to Colorado and finally to Hawaii where she spent the last five years of her life.

Survivors include her son, Paul and daughter-in-law, Amy Brotzman of Hilo, HI; her daughter, Catherine Brotzman of Boulder, CO; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mabel will be buried with her late husband at the Lacey Street Cemetery in Laceyville on Aug. 19.

Arrangements were entrusted with Sheldon Funeral Homes, Main Street, Laceyville.

Online condolences may be made at www.sheldonfuneralhomes.com.

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