HELEN MARTHA HOFFMAN BAUER
Helen Martha Hoffman Bauer, age 96, died peacefully at her home in Stuart, on Sunday, July 21, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in the Bronx, New York on March 25, 1917, to the late Anna Rose Johanna Haake and Gustav Justice Hoffman. After graduating from Evander Childs High School in the Bronx, she attended New York University (NYU), but was unable to finish due to the Great Depression and the need to work to support her family. Helen was an excellent typist, a skill that served her well throughout her long career. She worked for several firms in New York City and then met Lt. William C. Bauer, Jr. at a military ball at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. They married on September 22, 1940 and spent the war years at military bases in Puerto Rico and many locations in the South. Following WW II, they returned to Brooklyn, New York with their three children for her husband's career as an attorney for the Veteran's Administration. As her husband was a dedicated member of the Air Force Reserves, Helen was an active member of the Reserve Officers Association Ladies (ROAL) organization. She served as President of the Brooklyn chapter and President of the State of New York Department in 1953. She was also a member of the Eastern Star, Granite Tadmor Chapter, Queens, New York.
In 1957, they moved to Sarasota, Florida where Helen worked for many years as a ward clerk at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, a job she very much enjoyed. Her second career as a Court Transcriber began when she moved with her husband to Washington, DC in 1965. She spent several years transcribing criminal trials in Virginia and continued her career in Stuart when her husband retired in 1975. Helen continued transcribing trials for the 19th Judicial Circuit of Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River counties until the age of 84 when macular degeneration forced an end to her career.
Helen was an avid reader and often finished books within a day or two. When her eyesight began failing, she continued "reading" with books on tape and CD, and up to the time of her passing, could articulately discuss them with family and friends. She also loved to travel to many countries in Europe and Asia. She often spent weeks visiting her daughter, Anne, in Japan, Singapore, and Macau, and her grand daughter Kathleen in Hong Kong. For Helen's 80th birthday, she traveled with her two daughters, Anne and Gayle, to London, England, to visit her grand daughter, Stephanie who was studying there as part of her Ph.D. program. With wanderlust that was never satisfied, she continued to travel until her 90s, including trips to Singapore, China, Australia, Thailand, and Italy among many other countries. Helen was also the bedrock of support and an active volunteer in her daughter, Gayle Harrell's political campaigns for State and Congressional office. She could discuss world affairs and politics with passion and persuasion with anyone. She was a dog-lover who doted on her two poodles, Jacques and Tinka, and her Yorkie, Goombay. Her love of life and family never left her.
Helen's life revolved around her family. She was predeceased by her husband, Col. William C. Bauer, Jr. and her sister, Emily Fowler, who both died in 1988, and a grand daughter, Kimberly Lynn Godsey. Survivors include two daughters, Anne Godsey, of Atlanta, GA, and her husband, Jerry Godsey, Rep. Gayle Harrell of Stuart and her husband, Dr. James Harrell, one son, William C. Bauer III of Tustin, CA and his wife, Jane, seven granddaughters, Kathleen Trainor of Hong Kong, Stephanie Harrell of San Francisco, CA, Jennifer Sobanet of Denver, CO, Melinda Johnson of Mary Esther, FL, Elizabeth Chand of Tustin, CA, Emily Roberts of Delhi, India, Sarah Erickson of Lexington, VA and one grandson James Harrell, Jr. of Clearwater, Fl. She also has 16 great grandchildren as well as two nephews, Lee Fowler of Port St. Lucie and Neill Fowler of Teaneck, NJ.
Friends may call for visitation at Aycock Funeral Home in Jensen Beach on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral Services will held at the same location on Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Chuck Denison of First Presbyterian Church of Stuart officiating. Internment will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA where she will join her husband of 48 years, Col. William Bauer, at a memorial service with a date to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hibiscus Children's Center (Helen never missed a fashion show-fundraiser), or to Treasure Coast Hospice, who provided kind and compassionate care in her final days.