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Janet Alberta (Velders) Brandis


1930 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Janet Alberta (Velders) Brandis Obituary
SCHENECTADY - Janet Alberta Velders Brandis passed away peacefully Friday, April 19, 2013, at Ellis Hospital with her loving family by her side.
Janet was born May 22, 1930, in Passaic, N.J., to Albert Henry Velders Jr. and Helen C. Bell Velders. They lived in Delawanna, N.J., until 1938, when her father bought a farm in Quaker Springs, N.Y. She graduated high school as salutatorian of her class in Schuylerville. During this time, she studied voice with Rome Fenton and his wife, Charlotte.
She sang at various functions in the area and was the soloist at her graduation baccalaureate.
In 1950, she graduated from New York State Institute of Technology in New York City, where she studied chemical technology.
Mrs. Brandis was first employed in the laboratory at Chas Pfizer Pharmaceutical Co. in Brooklyn, where she worked on the development of the antibiotic Terramycin.
Janet married Robert L. Brandis on Aug. 19, 1950. The couple first lived on Long Island, moving to Livingston, where they lived for 20 years.
In 1969, Mrs. Brandis graduated cum laude from New Paltz State College, where she was a member of Kappa Delta Pi. She received her master's degree and permanent elementary certification in 1973.
She was employed by Red Hook Central School District for five years prior to moving to their home in Ephratah in 1974. The Brandises became known in the area for raising asparagus, strawberries and blueberries.
Mrs. Brandis did substitute teaching in the area prior to becoming employed by the Central Association for the Blind in 1984, for which she self-taught Braille and worked with visually impaired children in the area until she retired in 1993.
Mrs. Brandis is survived by her loving family, her husband, Robert L. Brandis: her son Dr. Robert Allen Brandis and his wife, Laura La Wall Brandis, and their children, Carolyn and Jeffrey of Saratoga; her daughter, Susan Brandis Turner and her husband, Ernest Turner, and their children, Lauren and Eric of Mayfield; her son James M. Brandis of Fonda and children, Stephen and Kristen, who reside in North Carolina with their mother, Deborah Davis Brandis; her son Scott L. Brandis and partner, Jason A. Jones of Athens, Ga.; and one sister, Nancy Velders Smith of Quaker Springs.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Ave., Gloversville, NY 12078.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Barter & Donnan Funeral Home, 1 N. Melcher St., Johnstown, NY 12095.
Condolences to the family may be made online at www.barterdonnan.com.
Published in The Saratogian on Apr. 22, 2013
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