"And I will raise them up upon the last day." Our wonderful Mother Marie Catherine Nolan Brotzman went home to Heaven on May 1, 2014 to join her loving husband Everett "Bud" Brotzman.
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Marie was born in Newfoundland, proudly becoming a citizen of the United States when her children were in school. In her career as a cook for the Anchorage School District and her active membership in the Women of the Moose Chapter 139, "Sarge" touched many lives. Her laughter was infectious, and she found joy in everyday things.
In their retirement, Bud and Marie enjoyed camping with family and friends, a tradition that Marie continued after the loss of her husband. She enjoyed trips and traveling in an RV throughout the west visiting family. Vacations to Las Vegas and Laughlin were always a favorite.
But above all else in her life, Mom enjoyed being Mother, Grandmother, Great- and Great-Great-Grandmother. If you were one of Mom's "kids", everyone in your life also joined the family, including your friends. All were welcome at any family gathering. And once you were part of Mom's family, you were always her family.
Every holiday found the entire family gathered at Mom's house, but not just holidays. Family poker nights, birthdays, barbecues, or "just because" events would also find us there.
She is survived by her children, Don and Rhonda Brotzman; Matt and Janyce Nolan; Dixie Jordan; Pete and Katie Nolan; Diane and James Heard; and Gloria Nolan, as well as numerous grandchildren, great- and great-great grandchildren.
Mom was certain of her love of Jesus Christ. She was excited about seeing Bud in Heaven and in finally meeting her stillborn daughter. Father Paul administered Last Rites, and a look of peace replaced the pain she had been enduring.
I Corinthians 13:4-8, 13 says "Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love." Marie was love.
The family wishes to thank all those persons who loved Mom throughout her life, and invite you to join us in a celebration of her life on Friday, May 9, at 2 p.m., All Saints Episcopal Church, 545 W. 8th Ave., with visitation at the church starting at 1 p.m. Our loss is Heaven's gain.
Legacy Funeral Homes & Cremation Services - Kehl's Chapel
11621 Old Seward Highway Anchorage, AK 99515
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from May 6 to May 7, 2014