Loleta “Leda” Irene Brotzke, 77, of Lachine, entered eternal rest Saturday Dec. 16, 2017, at Mid-Michigan Medical Center-Alpena surrounded by her loving family.

Leda was born June 26, 1940, in Paris, Tenn., to Harry and Hilda (Hurt) Waters. On Sept. 9, 1961, Leda married the love of her life Edward “Bud” Brotzke Jr. in Troy, Mich.

Leda enjoyed participating in many local leagues and organizations including Beaver Lake and Alpena City Women’s softball leagues where legend has it, Leda was the most feared pitcher in women’s softball. Leda was an avid bowler and played in numerous leagues and some years even bowled five nights a week. She enjoyed painting, art, spending time with her loving family, and was considered a Scooby Doo aficionado. In fact, everyone knew if Scooby-Doo was on, it was in your best interest to not touch that T.V.

There were many activities that Leda really enjoyed but none of them would compare to that of being called “GiGi” or “Grandma Donut,” She loved nothing more then being with her family and especially her grandchildren.

Leda is survived by her four children, Roy (Brenda) Brotzke of Long Rapids, Mich., Tina (Robert) Borowski of Ossineke, Mich., Shari (Christopher) Fitzgerald of Alpena, Mich., and Charles (Megan) Brotzke of Chesterfield, Mich.; two brothers, Jerry Waters of Hillman, Mich., and Van Waters of Belvidere, Ill., two sisters, LaVonne (David) Malcolm of Dryden, Mich., and Brenda (Michael) Houtari of Hubbard Lake, Mich.; 16 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 54 years Edward “Bud” Brotzke Jr., her grandson Roy “Buddy” L. Brotzke II, and great-granddaughter, Savannah Rose Vassallo.

Leda has been taken for cremation by McWilliams Funeral Home-Alpena. A Memorial service is planned for a later date and will be announced in a future edition of The News. Online condolences may be registered at