Elsie (Yount) Brands

brands-elsie-obit-photo-2Elsie (Yount) Brands, age 93, of Buffalo NY, formerly of Punxsutawney, PA, passed away on Tuesday, November 22, 2016.

She was born on August 25, 1923, to the late Charles M. and Ruth (Dinger) Yount, in Punxsutawney, PA. On December 4, 1946, Elsie married Herbert G. Brands and after almost 61 years of marriage, he preceded her in passing in 2007.

Elsie was an adventurer and with Herbert, they traveled the world, most notably the continental United States, Canada, and Europe; Germany and Austria were her favorite destinations. She loved to cook and she canned her own fruits and vegetables. She enjoyed her talents of knitting, crocheting, and quilt making. For over 50 years she owned and operated a beauty salon and for an equal amount of time she volunteered at the VA Hospital in Buffalo, NY. She was a member of Faith Chapter #722 Order of Eastern Star, serving as a past Matron of Bethlehem Chapter #634; she was also a member of Daughters of the Nile.

Elsie is survived by 1 sister; Nancy Yates; 2 sisters-in-law; Helen Yount, and Doris Yount; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her husband and parents, Elsie is preceded in death by 4 brothers; Marlin (Rachel) Yount; Rodger Yount; Howard (Anne) Yount; C. Dick Yount; and 1 brother-in-law; Kenneth Yates.

Family and friends will be received on Thursday, December 1, 2016, from 9 – 11am, at the McKinney – d’Argy Funeral Home, ltd, 345 Main St. Brookville PA, 15825. A funeral service will take place immediately following the viewing, beginning at 11:00am, and officiated by the Rev. Chuck Jack.

Interment will take place at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Knox Twp., Jefferson Co., PA. Prior funeral services were held for the convenience of her friends and family at the Lester H. Wedekindt, Inc., Funeral Home, in Kenmore, NY.

Online condolences and other information may be found at www.mckinneydargy.com.

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