On April 7, 2014, the Lord called another of his children home. Francis 'Dale' Brotzman died at Scranton Regional Hospital, Scranton. He would tell us, "Do not stand at my grave and weep, for I am not there."
He was born in Meshoppen 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 High School in May of 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 farm house in which his grandparents had resided.
The next year their family began to grow with Amanda being born in June of 1974.
They purchased interest in the family farm two days after Charles was born in November of 1975 and, two days after Mary Ellen was born in October of 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 of 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 of 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, N.Y.
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 survived by his siblings: Ray Brotzman and his wife Karen, of Tunkhannock; Norma Jean Ahlbrandt, of Mehoopany; Alan Brotzman, of Grover; Sue Teeter, of Ulster; and his 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; his brothers, Dennis Brotzman, on June 30, 1997; and Randy Brotzman, on May 24, 2005; his brothers-in-law, Gerald Ahlbrandt, on Oct. 1, 2006, and Ricky Teeter, on March 20, 2008; and his in-laws Charles F. Hoose on Nov. 23, 1991 and Louise Shefler Hoose on Oct. 12, 2011.
It is Dales wishes 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 St., 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. If you feel the need for donations, please donate to a local person in need, or a local charity.