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Isabelle Johnson Bauer


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Isabelle Johnson Bauer

AGE: 99 • Bay Head

Isabelle Johnson Bauer, 99, of Bay Head, NJ, died peacefully on November 12th. Known as Liz, she was born February 3, 1917, in her parent's home on Bridge Avenue in Bay Head and remained a devoted, lifetime resident of the community. Liz was the first of three children of Hubert Stanley Johnson and Florence Isabelle Johnston. She married Grant Winans Bauer, of Linden, NJ, in 1952. Together, they built a home in Bay Head, where they raised three children.

Liz's father, Hubert, and grandfather, Morton, were renowned boat builders operating in Bay Head and Point Pleasant. Liz took an active role supporting her father in his business, perhaps most notably during World War II when their yard converted to production of patrol boats for the U.S. Navy. With this family heritage, Liz had a lifetime love of sailing and boating, particularly on the Barnegat Bay. With her father, mother and siblings, the family enjoyed cruising together on their sloop TEAL, and she particularly loved spending time on her houseboat moored on the Metedeconk River, which she would access via her Chris Craft runabout. Details of what occurred on that houseboat were never provided to her children.

After marrying, Liz and her husband together continued the tradition of building classic Jersey sea skiffs with their own company, New Jersey Yacht Corporation, located in Point Pleasant Beach, and produced yachts under the brand 'Bay Head Skiff'.

After retiring from active business, Liz and Grant enjoyed cruising on their own Bay Head Skiff, JOIE de MER, on the Intracoastal Waterway, spending much of the winter months living aboard at the Bahia Mar Marina in Ft. Lauderdale, before succumbing to the realities of age and moving into a nearby condominium in the mid-1980's.

While never wanting to be away from Bay Head for long, Liz and her husband enjoyed extensive travel and toured just about every corner of the world between the poles during their life together. Probably the most memorable trip for Liz, however, was in the summer of 1931, when she traveled across the United States with her aunt and another companion, touring in her father's Packard motorcar. Despite all of her subsequent travel throughout the world, she remained convinced that the United States had the greatest beauty.

Liz was very active as a volunteer in the Bay Head community. Of particular note, she and her sister Florence Allsopp established and managed the annual August antiques show at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, which was a major funding source for the church for over 50 years. Liz and her sister also were founding members of the Seaweeders Garden Club of Bay Head and Mantoloking, where she also served as a president.

Liz had quiet strength and an unwavering positive attitude throughout her life. These qualities were illustrated in 2005 after losing her husband of 53 years and again in 2012 when she lost to superstorm Sandy the home that the two of them built together. Despite her age and the depth of loss, she always appreciated her good fortune and looked forward to what lied ahead. This perspective made her an inspiration to all who knew her and will remain her most enduring legacy.

In addition to her husband, Liz was predeceased by her sister, Florence Allsopp in 2011. Surviving are her brother, Hubert Stanley Johnson, Jr, of Plantation, FL; twin daughters, Isabelle Bauer Griesmyer of Charlotte, NC and Betsy Wood Bauer of Sea Girt, NJ; son, Gregory Winans Bauer of New York City; and stepdaughter, Tanya Bauer of Escondido, CA. Surviving also are four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and three great step-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 3rd at 11:00 AM at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 423 West Lake Avenue, Bay Head. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in Liz's memory to St. Paul's United Methodist Church.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Nov. 18, 2016
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