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Janet Marie Underwood, born on December 31, 1952 was the fifth of seven children born to the union of James “Buck” Underwood and Alice Underwood in St. Louis, Missouri. She was preceded in death by both parents, two sisters (Gwendolyn, Connie) and two brothers (Gerald, James “Jim”).
Janet was baptized into the Catholic faith at a very early age. She then accepted the Catholic faith as a young adult the Sacrament of Confirmation and practiced the teachings of the Bible throughout her lifetime. Janet was educated through the Catholic School System at St. Bridget’s Catholic School and graduated from Xavier High School. She went on to further her education completing her Nursing degree at St. Louis Public School Nursing Program at O’Fallon Tech and practicing briefly at Shriner’s Children Hospital.
Janet first met the future love of her life, Charles Bradley Jr, at the tender age of 4 years old while growing up in the Pruitt-Igoe Housing Projects. In 1971, their union welcomed a son, Charles Robert Bradley III. On May 27, 1972, Janet Underwood and Charles “Charlie” Bradley joined in Holy Matrimony. To their union they soon welcomed twin boys; James & Jay, Christopher & daughter Tiffany.
As a young wife and mother, Janet entered the workforce through gaining employment at The Shriner’s Hospital and General Electric before starting a career with United States Postal Service in 1985. She worked as a Mail Clerk/Window Clerk providing excellent Customer Service to the St. Louis community for 30+ years until she retired in 2014.
Janet enjoyed many hobbies baking/cake decorating, sewing and teaching First Communion classes. But her greatest hobby was singing; she shared her God given voice as a member of multiple choirs in the St. Louis area. She joined her first choir in 1979 and she continued singing up until just a couple of weeks before transitioning. Her angelic voice gave her the opportunity to sing at weddings, funerals and she sang for Pope John Paul II’s visit in 1999.
Janet enjoyed teaching First Communion classes to the youth. After retirement, she continued to serve the Catholic Church in multiple capacities including serving as President of St. Vincent DePaul Society (Sts Teresa & Bridget Chapter) for several years.
Janet’s greatest joy was being a nurturing mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Janet transitioned peacefully on December 23, 2023, at home surrounded by loved ones. She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings and her loving husband. She leaves to cherish her memory: children Charles III (Zenora), James (Stacey), Jay (Bridget), Chris (Tamirra) & Tiffany (Todd). Thirteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She leaves behind a sister; Wanda Underwood Johnson (Ronald), a brother; Clyde Cross and her loving In-Laws. She will be greatly missed by many more family and friends.