Funeral services for Laveda Ayers Brocksch, age 87, are to be conducted at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Chapel of Heartland Funeral Home with Ed Chessor officiating. Burial will follow in the Eastlawn Memorial Park. Heartland Funeral Home of Early is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation for Mrs. Brocksch will be from 6 — 8 p.m. today at Heartland Funeral Home.
Mrs. Brocksch passed away Thursday, July 17, in Fredericksburg, Texas.
She was born Jan. 14, 1921, in Jack County, Texas, the daughter of Homer and Ethel Bennett Ayers.
A lifelong Texan, Laveda was raised in the Jack County and Fort Worth areas. Throughout World War II, she worked as one of the thousands of “Rosie the Riveters” who built bombers for the war effort. Before terminating from the Fort Worth Convair plant in 1945 to marry, she was honored by being designated to build the first part for the famed B-36 Strategic Bomber.
Laveda raised her family and lived most of her life in Brownwood. Beginning in 1950, she and her husband “Brock” grew Brocksch Construction Company into an excavation and paving company that built many streets, highways, residential, commercial and industrial projects in the Central Texas area.
The last several years, Laveda lived in Fredericksburg, Texas. A true lady of the Old South, she loved wearing hats and enjoyed traveling, collecting and shopping for antiques. She will always be remembered for her expertise in antique glassware and primitive furniture. For more than 40 years, she owned “LaVeda’s Antiques” in both Brownwood and Fredericksburg.
She is survived by one brother, Pat Ayers of Hugo, Okla.; her daughter, Janice Carol Brocksch Johnson of Waco, Texas; her sons, John Ples Brocksch Jr. and his wife, Roylynne, of Fredericksburg and James Thomas Brocksch and wife Tootsie of Fredericksburg; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 36 years, J.P. Brocksch Sr.; a sister; and five brothers.
Friends may sign the guestbook at www.heartlandfuneralhome.net .