She was born May 23, 1916, in Remsen, the second child and the only daughter of Paul and Veronica "Vera" (Brune) Schmidt. She lived her entire life in Remsen, and was a well-known member of the community. Many children in Remsen were treated to the assortment of candies she always kept in her pockets. One of her favorite sayings was, "I am just nuts about kids!" The kids knew it and loved every minute they spent in her presence.
She attended both Remsen St. Mary's and Remsen High School and graduated from the latter in 1933. She met her future husband, Henry Brandes, at the corner popcorn stand in the middle of town during the summer of 1936. They spent that summer enjoying picnics in the park, traveling to concerts by Lawrence Welk in Oyens, and assisting the community as it recovered from the famous Remsen Fire of 1936.
Sis and Henry were married Feb. 21, 1939. When Henry was drafted in 1944, Sis and her young daughter, Barbara, moved to New Jersey for a brief time to be with Henry's family. They moved into their permanent home in Remsen at the north end of Washington Street in 1953 where they raised their two daughters. Henry was disabled by a massive stroke in 1973 and Sis served as his daily caretaker until his death in 1992.
Sis had been a resident of Happy Siesta since Dec. 1, 1998. She entered the community there as an active participant in all the activities. She loved bowling, bingo, and the dining outings most of all. Her sense of humor made her a favorite with residents and staff alike.
She is survived by her two daughters, Barb Holles and Paula Brandes, both of San Diego, Calif.; a brother, Fred Schmidt and his wife, Cleone of Spirit Lake, and a brother, Ronald Schmidt and his wife, Jean of Bloomington, Minn.; her grandson, Paul Holles and his wife, Maria from Conyers, Ga.; and granddaughter Amy Holles and her spouse, Kelly Jones of London, Ontario, Canada. She also is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and many friends, both young and old.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Henry; and two brothers, Omar and Bob Schmidt.
Funeral service were at 10 a.m. today (Monday), at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen with the Rev. William McCarthy officiating. Burial will be in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Remsen. Visitation was after 2 p.m. Sunday, with a parish rosary at 3 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m., all at the Fisch Funeral Home and Monument in Remsen.
Casketbearers are Paul, Amy and Gerald Holles, Dennis Gralapp, Timothy Russell, Fred Schmidt Jr. and Adam Schmidt.
To celebrate the legacy of Sis Brandes, the family has requested that any donations in her honor be given to the Happy Siesta Dreams Program.
Condolences may be sent online at www.fischfh.com.