Monday, November 23, 2020

Joanne C. Brandes, 85

Wellsville, NY - Joanne C. Brandes, 85, of Fassett Lane passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born Joanne Catherine Herman on December 23, 1934, in Wellsville, the daughter of August and Catherine (Arnold) Herman. On Aug. 26, 1961, in Wellsville, she married  Karlton Brandes with whom she celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary prior to his passing on April 18, 2012.

Joanne was a 1953 graduate of Wellsville High School, a 1958 graduate of Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois and a 1977 graduate of Alfred University with a master’s degree in Elementary Education.

Joanne was a compassionate lifelong teacher who was employed by Wellsville Central Schools from 1977 to 1992, as a Reading Specialist. Prior to marriage, she taught in Chattanooga TN (1956-1957), Bristol CT (1958-1960) and Plainview Long Island (1960-1961).  After retirement, she enjoyed traveling, camping, canoeing, hiking, playing the violin, volunteering with the Allegany County Mental Health Association, delivering Allegany County Meals on Wheels, and helping Habitat for Humanity.

She was an active member of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, where she lovingly and joyfully served our Lord in many capacities.

She is survived by her children Mark (Sheila Garvey) Brandes of Titusville, FL., Paul (Anne Marie Hinkle) Brandes of Waynesboro PA., Christopher (Tamara Hile) Brandes of Sebastian FL., and Jonathan (Lori Cole) Brandes of Wellsville. Her precious grandchildren:  Morgan, Cassidy, Hannah, Abigail, Ava, Emily, Evelyn, Teagin and Tiernee Brandes, and a great granddaughter, Alice.  She will be also missed by her nieces, nephews and many special friends.

She was predeceased in addition to her parents, husband, by her brothers, Bruce and James Herman; and her sister, Janet Herman Lang.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Shepherd of the Valley Church, or to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit


  1. Our sympathy and prayers to all of the Brandes family. May God bless and comfort you. Arnold & Linda Hurd

  2. Prayers for the family. Bill and Ruby Young