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Anne ‘Nancy’ H. Brandl, teacher, doll house maker

Feb. 27, 1918 – March 9, 2016

Anne “Nancy” H. Brandl of Lockport, a former Buffalo schoolteacher and maker of miniature doll houses, died Wednesday at Briody Healthcare Facility. She was 98.

Born in Buffalo, the former Anne Hellerer attended St. Mark’s Catholic Church in her early school years. She graduated from Holy Angels Academy in 1935.

She earned a bachelor of science degree in education at D’Youville College in 1939. That same year, she began her teaching career at School 48, where she taught through 1954.

In 1954, she married Dr. James J. Brandl and became a homemaker. They raised their family in Clarence until her husband’s retirement in 1978.

A two-time cancer survivor, Mrs. Brandl successfully battled breast cancer in 1976 and lung cancer in 1999.

During her breast cancer treatment, she developed an interest in making doll houses and window boxes. “She was very creative,” said her daughter, Barbara L. Rosinski.

Her creativity led her to make between 30 and 40 different kinds of doll houses and decorative window boxes.

Mrs. Brandl also had a love of bowling earlier in her life. Even until recently, she still held pride for her bowling years, and often held her bowling trophy, her daughter said.

She was active in D’Youville alumnae programs and was a member of the General Motors Retirees Club since her husband was the former medical director for GM’s Tonawanda Engine Plant. She also belonged to the Western New York Miniature Enthusiasts and Gilda’s Club.

Mrs. Brandl was a member of the Bowmansville Garden Club and what was formerly known as the Buffalo Curling and Skating Club. She and her husband were avid curlers. They also traveled extensively throughout the world.

After leaving Clarence in 1978, Mrs. Brandl moved with her husband to Sun City Center, Fla., spending more than 20 years there.

The couple returned to Buffalo in 2003 to be near family and lived in Getzville until her husband’s death in 2009.

Mrs. Brandl then lived with one of her daughters before moving to Briody Healthcare Facility.

She also is survived by another daughter, Anne M. Brandl; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is being planned for May 7 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 6919 Transit Road, Swormville.