Obituaries – 07-03-2019

Charles Jacob Cawein

Charles Jacob Cawein, 87, of Anna Maria, died June 25 in Bradenton.

He was born and raised in Otisville, New York, the son of Charles and Madeline Strack.

He had been a resident of Anna Maria since 1995.

He was the first student to apply and be accepted at Orange County Community College in 1950. There he was voted the first “Athlete of the Year” in 1951 as captain of the basketball and soccer teams.

After graduating in 1952 with a degree in accounting and then earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Buffalo in 1958, he earned a certificate in health care administration from Ohio State University and a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of South Carolina.

He later was inducted into the first “Colt Athletic Hall of Fame” SUNY Orange in 2012.

He also was a Korean War veteran of the U.S. Army, having served as an intelligence specialist with the Army Security Agency 1953-56.

For 25 years, he was senior vice president and chief financial officer at Horton Memorial Hospital (now Orange Regional Medical Center) in Middletown, New York. Ten of those years he was chairman of the Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association Finance Committee and a member of the NYS Hospital Association Finance Committee).

He also taught health care administration at various universities.

He retired from teaching after four years as campus director at New School University’s Middletown Campus.

In addition to his teaching, he served as treasurer of Grace Episcopal Church in Middletown for 10 years and was chairman of the church endowment committee.

An avid lover of music throughout his life, he was a talented guitar player who enjoyed playing acoustic and electric guitar and the banjo.

He spent many retirement hours building beautifully-detailed model antique ships.

One of his favorite activities was ballroom dancing with his wife, Ruth, and he was able to dance with her until a month before he died.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Charles J. And Ruth C. Cawein First Student Scholarship Fund for Healthcare at SUNY Orange. A celebration of life will be planned. Condolences may be made at

Mr. Cawein is survived by his wife of 24 years, Ruth Crist (Wesley); son Christopher and wife Barbara of Tucson, Arizona; daughter Jennifer Cawein Young and husband Richard of Lexington, New York; daughter Andrea Cawein Reca and husband Carlo of Mamaroneck, New York; daughter Dr. Gretchen of Saugerties, New York; stepchildren Jonnie Wesley-Krueger and husband Jim of Pine Bush, New York; and D. Scott Wesley and wife Kristina Lavender of Sarasota; grandsons Peter, Alexander and Scott Reca; stepgrandsons Andrew Wesley, Gabriel, and Zachary Wesley-Krueger; brothers Raymond of Gastonia, North Carolina, and Walter of Sun City Center; and many close friends.


Bernard H. ‘Bernie’ Clark

Bernard H. “Bernie” Clark, 93, formerly of Anna Maria Island, died June 9.

He was born July 12, 1925, in Cannelburg, Indiana, but lived most of his life in the Tampa Bay area.

He attended grade school in Montgomery, Indiana, Gibsonton grade school in Florida, OLPH grade school in Ybor City, Jesuit High School and the University of Florida school of pharmacy for a bachelor’s of science degree in pharmacy.

He was a veteran — a merchant seaman in World War II and also in the U.S. Airforce in the Korean War.

He was a pharmacist at Riches & Webbs drug store in Holmes Beach and took part in racquetball at the court in Holmes Beach.

Mr. Clark requested there be no service.

He is survived by daughter Julia Ann Lee; sons Christopher M., Micheal Lee and Alexander B.; grandsons Ryan A., Sean K., Dalton, and Gavin; and great-grandchildren Zoey S. and Bodhi A.


Barbara Ann Hansen

Barbara Ann (Poole) Hansen, 67, of Springfield, Illinois, and formerly of Holmes Beach, died June 16.

She was born in Springfield Dec. 2, 1951, to Ernest G. and Patricia A. (Sassenberger).
 She attended St. Aloysius grade school, Ursuline Academy and Springfield College in Illinois.

She had a long career with the federal government and retired from the U.S. District Courts in July 2011.

She enjoyed spending time with family, especially playing board games with her grandchildren.

She also enjoyed sewing, crocheting and traveling.

After retiring, she started her own handbag business, Grandma Judy’s, named after her Grandma Judy, who taught her to sew.

She also enjoyed renovating and decorating vacation homes on Anna Maria Island with her husband.

She and her husband were members of Harvey Memorial Church in Bradenton Beach.

Services were June 20 in Springfield, with burial at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the ALS Association. Condolences may be left online at HYPERLINK “”

She is survived by her husband, Marvin C.; twin sister Brenda Capranica; brother Stephen J. Poole; son Jason Race and wife Christina; daughter Lindsay Tranquilli; grandchildren Evan, Anna and Colin Race and Nicholas and Olivia Tranquilli; step-daughter Sarah VanDenBossche and husband Matt; step-grandchildren Levi, Nicholas, Ryan, Kyle, Benjamin and Frank; step-great-grandchildren Eli and Hayden; and aunt Freida Herring.

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