Karl Brandorff, 90, of Staten Island, N.Y., died Sept. 6, 2011, at Staten Island University Hospital. He was the widower of Josephina Brandorff.

Mr. Brandorff was born April 16, 1921, in Germany, son of the late Helen and Ludwig Ranzenhofer.

He immigrated with his family to Cuba as a young boy. He attended school in Cuba where he excelled as a student-athlete.

Mr. Brandorff continued his education at Auburn University in Alabama and the University of Havana, Cuba.

He married Josephina Cinza in 1946. The couple traveled extensively in the United States and Europe.

Mr. Brandorff worked as an agricultural engineer at a local sugar mill for several years before becoming an English teacher and later a salesman.

In 1961, Mr. Brandorff and his family left Cuba and settled in Staten Island. He worked in sales and later owned and operated Carlos Grocery, a small, neighborhood store from the early 1970s until his retirement in 1994.

Mr. Brandorff is survived by a son, Alexander, and his wife, Catherine, of New Milford; a daughter, Lourdes Cerna; and two grandchildren, Vivian, and Cristina Cerna, of Staten Island.

Funeral services were held Sept. 8, 2011, at the Virginia funeral Chapel in Staten Island.