Helen Bauer

March 25, 1917July 21, 2013


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.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, July 24, 2013
  • Visitation Tuesday, July 23, 2013

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July 29, 2013

Gayle, Anne and Family,

What a wonderful and long life your mother shared with friends and family. Always alive mentally, a blessing to all of you. Love and prayers,Clark and Gail Goodwin

R%obert Lowe

July 26, 2013

Gayle and Jim, We never had the pleasure of meeting your mother Gayle but mothers are so special in our lives. Sharon and I send our thoughts and prayers out to you and your family.
Bob and Sharon Lowe

July 25, 2013

James and Gayle
I am feel honored to have shared travel
time with you and your sweet mother.

Linda LaVelle

July 25, 2013

Gayle and Family, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom and I remember meeting her at the Fashion Show for Hibiscus. When you were speaking at the podium she proudly said, that's my daughter! She was so proud of you and your accomplishments.. I will never forget that as my Mom died early and never got to see my accomplishments. You had a loving devoted Mom and I know she is in Heaven watching over you and your family.. God took her up to his precious home...

July 25, 2013

Our deepest condolences to Helen Bauer's family. What a remarkable life and what a wonderful, loving mother and grandmother who will be sadly missed.

Silvana and Don Eakin

Suzy Hutcheson

July 24, 2013

Gayle and family--my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Having met Helen a number of times over the years, I saw how special she was in your lives--take comfort in the fact that she loved you all as much as you love her.

Beth Kelley

July 23, 2013

Much love and sympathy to Helen's loved ones.