June 30, 1952 - November 12, 2021
UTICA – Mrs. Mary Ann (Bartels) Janda, age 69, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 12th, 2021. At the time of her crossing over she was in the hearts of those she loved the most. Mary Ann was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1952 to Alfred and Mary Bartels. She lost her mother early and moved to be brought up by her father in Illinois. She later married Robert Janda and had two daughters, Mary (“Maisie”), and Marlene. After completing her doctorate at the University of Illinois, she took a teaching position at Utica College in Utica, New York in 1987, moving the family to central New York. Mary Ann enjoyed many passions including gardening, crochet, traveling, enjoying music, and practicing yoga. She had various collections such as rocks, boxes, books, and figurines. She loved animals, particularly cats, which she had as pets for most of her life. Her style was completely unique and will be missed. Mary Ann is remembered fondly by many as a teacher. She took part in and led different organizations as a professor of English. Her career spanned thirty-five years at Utica College which was never just confined to traditional classroom teaching. Notably, the “Mohawk Valley Writing Project”, which helped teachers from many disciplines refine and develop their writing. She served on the bargaining committee for the “American Association of University Professors”. She advised faculty, hosted student events, attended conferences, mentored graduate students, published articles, and designed workshops. Towards the end of her life, she wrote a novel, and participated in a virtual writing group at Uptown Theatre for Creative Arts, never ceasing to write even after retirement. Memorial donations may be made to Root Farm Inc. at The Root Farm, 2860 King Road, Sauquoit, NY, 13456, https://checkout.square.site/buy/WBI5DG7SMQWWFYNPHJGCYBDM where Mary Ann sponsored animals and loved to visit. A Celebration of Life honoring Mary Ann will be held at a date and time to be announced in the Spring of 2022.
UTICA – Mrs. Mary Ann (Bartels) Janda, age 69, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 12th, 2021. At the time of her crossing over she was in the hearts of those she loved the most. Mary Ann was born in Kansas City, Missouri in... View Obituary & Service Information
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