NORTH HORNELL-Janet M. Van Brunt, 77, passed away peacefully, early Wednesday morning (Jan. 26, 2022) at her home on Cleveland Avenue, after a battle with cancer.
Born in Manhattan, NY on Feb. 5, 1944, she was a daughter of the late Frederick and Dorothy (Hahn) Brodman.
She was a graduate of Port Jefferson High School in Port Jefferson, NY and attended Cameron State College in Lawton, OK and SUNY Morrisville.
A former resident of Sherburne, NY, Janet was employed in administrative positions at TACO in Sherburne, and Victory Markets and the Chenango-Unadilla Phone Company both in Norwich NY.
In August of 1987 Janet and her family moved to North Hornell. She was employed as a senior administrative assistant for the School Psychology Department at Alfred University from August of 1988 to her retirement in January of 2004.
Janet was a member of the United Presbyterian Church in Hornell where she served as a trustee, deacon, an elder and a member of the choir. While residing in Sherburne she was a member of the Sherburne United Methodist Church and their choir. Since a young age Janet was a member of several other choirs. She was an avid lover of nature and the environment who passed along her passion to others, including as a leader of 4-H.
Since her retirement she became an extremely talented, self-taught artist. Her artistry was reflected not only in her paintings but in her personal fashion, home décor and landscaping. Her other passions included history, archeology and travel. She will be remembered as a devoted friend to many people around the globe and all walks of life.
Her loving surviving family includes her husband of 58 years, James B. Van Brunt, whom she married in Ridge, NY on Nov. 2, 1963; three sons, James (Rebecca) Van Brunt of Waldorf, MD, Robert (Deb Caraco) of Ithaca, NY and Michael (Heather Daly) of Montclair, NJ; six grandchildren, Heather, Hailey, Desiree, Devin, Liam and Sean; one great-granddaughter, Malia; one sister, Loretta (Gary) Farmer of Grove City, OH; and one brother, Frederick Brodman of Rocky Point, NY.
Calling hours are 6-8 p.m. Monday (Jan. 31, 2022) at the Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home, 285 Main St., Hornell. Friends are invited to join her family at the United Presbyterian Church sanctuary, 150 Main St., Hornell where a funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday (Feb. 1, 2022), with the Rev. Katherine Griffis officiating. Those attending in person will be required to wear a face mask at the funeral home and church. The service will be live streamed and may be seen either on the Facebook page of Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home or on the homepage of www.bishopandjohnsonfuneralhome.com. (please see link for live stream) for 30 days beginning at 11 a.m. on Tuesday (Feb. 1, 2022). Interment will be at Bath National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in her memory to either the United Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 150 Main St., Hornell, NY 14843 or to CareFirst (Hospice), 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral home and church.
The Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home is honored to assist Janet’s family with the arrangements.
Online condolences or remembrances of Janet are welcome on the Facebook page of Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home or at www.bishopandjohnsonfuneralhome.com.