The Daily Iowegian
---- — Beulah “Fern” Broshar, 95, of Centerville, went to heaven Monday, April 28, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. She was born the daughter of Blanche Lucille (Bailey) and Earl Clarence Elarton on March 18, 1919 in Harvey. Fern graduated from Moulton High School in 1937 and resided in the Appanoose County area.
Fern was united in marriage on March 28, 1942 to Donald (Max) Broshar at Fort Dix, N.J., prior to him deploying to World War II. She taught school for five years while Max was gone to war and she farmed with Max after his return. Fern also operated a dog kennel for many years, helped with the census, was a member of the Pleasant Township school board, a member of Peoples Baptist Church, a member of Mercy Hospital Auxiliary and sold Avon for nearly 50 years. In addition, she was always crocheting. She touched the lives of many people by making more than 100 unique personalized afghans for individuals and organizations and always had a stocking cap or a pair of mittens for anyone who wanted them. She was a very giving person of herself and never knew a stranger. She never forgot a birthday and always had those birthday cards there on time.
Fern was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; four brothers, Don, Dale, Doyle and Dwight; two sisters, Vera and Ellen; and a son, Ronald Max Broshar.
She is survived by her son, Robert D. (Bob) Broshar, and his wife, Maritza Broshar, of Centerville; Bob’s previous wife, Natalie (Lanie) Kesterson of Centerville; a daughter, Peggy Bradshaw, of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; Peggy’s longtime companion, Joel Gross, of Pleasant Hill, Mo.; Peggy’s previous husband, Larry Bradshaw, of Cassville, Mo.; a brother, Duane Elarton, and his wife, Dorothy, of Red Oak; Dale’s wife, Betty Elarton, of Centerville; Dwight’s wife, Dorothy Barrell, of Centerville; seven grandchildren, Danny Bradshaw of Hubbard, Nichole (Jeff) Moore of Centerville, Stacey (Andy) Cowan of Kansas City, Mo.; Jonas Bradshaw of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Marla (Kent) Morlan of Moulton, Chris (Joni) Broshar of Centerville and Cheryl (Jeremy) McMahon of Centerville; and 10 great-grandchildren, Alexiss and Kaci Bradshaw, Kelsey and Kaitlyn Moore, Quilan Cowan, Maxwell Bradshaw, Hayden and Clayton Morlan, Caely Lautz and Emma McMahon.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville with Pastor Ken Mehrhoff officiating. Interment will follow in the Oakland Cemetery in Moulton. A visitation will be held on Saturday at the funeral home from 1-8 p.m. with the family greeting friends from 5-8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to the Appanoose County VFW or the American Diabetes Association and may be given to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544.
Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com.