Jane Carol Cass
Jane Carol Cass, 66, of Bradenton, Fla., passed away on December 27, 2018, at Blake Medical Center, due to complications from pneumonia, with loving family and critical care staff at her side.
In addition to her beloved husband of 27 years, Eugene L. Horn, she is survived by a brother, Edward Cass (Sue Trebon), of San Diego, CA; three sisters, Joan Cass (Tom Aanstoos) of Carlisle, PA, Barbara Burgauer (Steve) of Muncie, IN, and Mary Wingate of Orlando, FL; brothers-inlaw, Doug Horn (Sandy) of Taneytown, MD and Andy Horn (Jan) of Savannah, GA and ten nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sisterin-laws, Susan Braeunig Cass and Sylvia Horn; a niece, Kathryn Cass; as well as by her parents, Eddie and Jule and her husband’s parents, Andy and Golda.
A native of Orlando, FL, she moved with her family to Indiana and attended Muncie Central High School. She was an alumna of Purdue University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering in 1976 and a Master of Science Degree in Engineering in 1980, and successfully completed a University-Industry Cooperative Education Program in Engineering. In 1981, she earned a Master of Engineering Administration Degree from The George Washington University. Ms. Cass lived much of her life in the Washington, D.C. area beginning in the 1970’s while working for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and later, for various Federal contractors, including IBM and Lockheed Martin, from which she retired in 2013. Throughout her career, Ms. Cass worked in highly specialized engineering and program management assignments supporting NASA, the Department of Defense, the U.S. Census Bureau, and U.S. National Security programs. A keen advocate for science and engineering skills, Ms. Cass returned briefly to Purdue in 1990 to work as a counselor to disadvantaged students under a year’s leave of absence program sponsored by her employer, IBM Corporation. With her husband, she enjoyed boating and moved to the Eastport community of Annapolis, Maryland in 2000, where the couple enjoyed boating on the Chesapeake Bay and the camaraderie of good friends. After making several cruises down the Intracoastal Waterway, she and her husband retired to Florida in 2013, settling first in the Ponte Vedra area before relocating to Holmes Beach and then to Bradenton. Ms Cass’ many hobbies and interests included needlework, calligraphy, nature walks, and travel. She adored cats and will be sorely missed by her rescue cat, Jaguar.
A Private Ceremony is planned. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com