Barbara Chadsey Obituary (1934 - 2021) - Bradenton, FL - Bradenton Herald
Barbara Chadsey
1934 - 2021
Mansion Memorial Park
1400 36th Ave East
Ellenton, FL
Barbara Chadsey
October 30, 1934 - February 9, 2021
Bradenton, Florida -
Barbara Chadsey was an only child born to Fred and Ethel Theen of St. Albans, NY. Barbara (Babs) was an excellent student, played the piano, and loved her dogs. But most of all she loved playing school. Her mother often told the story of how at the age of five, she would invite neighborhood friends over to play school, but Babs always insisted on being the teacher.
After Babs' serious bout with whooping cough at an early age, on the advice of her physician, the Theen's obtained a rustic summer cabin near Branchville in rural, northern New Jersey. The family continued to summer at Culver Lake for decades where Barbara developed lifelong friends.
College could not come soon enough for Barbara, who graduated from high school at 16 and attended Allegheny College, earning a Bachelor degree in Elementary Education. Her ongoing passion for education included a Master of Science degree in Elementary Education from Western Connecticut University, Certification in Exceptional Student Education from the University of South Florida, Educational Specialist Degree in Administration and Supervision from Nova Southeastern University, and a Doctor of Education Degree from Nova Southeastern University.
Barbara married Taylor B. Chadsey (Tony) in 1956. They moved their family of five and the cat to Bradenton, FL in the summer of 1968. Barbara worked as a teacher and administrator in the Manatee County School System for 27 years. Her greatest joy was working with students and staff in exceptional student education. She was instrumental in developing programs for Learning Disabilities, Emotionally Handicapped, Severely Emotionally Disturbed and Varying Exceptionalities, whose basis are still widely in use today. She graciously balanced professional life with support of her children and grandchildren, whom she enjoyed immensely.
Barbara was a Professor of Record for Nova Southeastern University and an Instructor at the University of South Florida. She consulted with USF, school systems, and private industry on core special education modalities for nearly 20 years.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Tony Chadsey and son, Taylor Chadsey, Jr. She is survived by children; David Chadsey and wife, Terri, Jill Chadsey-Gault and husband, Ray, and daughter-in-law, Mary Nell Chadsey, grandchildren; Michael Chadsey and wife, Mollye, Rachel Chadsey, Taylor B. Chadsey III and wife, Jenni, James Chadsey Sr., and wife, Nathasja, Victoria Chadsey, Raymond Gault Jr., and wife, Shelly, Alex Gault and wife, Jordan, Kelli Morrison and husband, Motte, and great-grandchildren; Rita Wakeman, Zoe Chadsey, Callie Chadsey, Riley Chadsey, James Chadsey Jr., Caleb Gault, and Cooper Gault.
A Graveside Memorial service is scheduled for Saturday morning 9:00AM February 27th, 2021 at Mansion Memorial Park in Ellenton, FL.

Published by Bradenton Herald on Feb. 14, 2021.
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Kevin and Suzanne Mueller
February 19, 2021
Barbara was a special mentor and friend to countless educators in Manatee County. She was an innovator and cared about children who need extra care and support.
She and Tony were wonderful friends. Barbara will be sharing her wisdom, love and friendship in another place. R.I.P dear Barbara.
Elaine and Steve Graham
Elaine Graham
February 14, 2021
There would never be enough pages to say what we feel about Barbara.
Elaine worked with her in the ESE Dept. beginning in 1981. Charles started working with Barbara in the late 1960s and was part of the infamous Nova Doctoral Cluster with Barbara, Dan, and Sandy. Loving memories and prayers to her family and many friends.
Elaine-Berry Johnston and Charles Johnston

Elaine and Charles Johnston
February 14, 2021
So sorry for your loss..... Jerry and I both have fond memories of Barbara and Tony! Barbara both professionally and as a neighbor. I know your family has great memories!
Karen Bellingar
February 14, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person and colleague. Your impact on children in our county will be forever treasured. R.I.P.
Lynette Edwards
February 14, 2021
It is with great sadness that I read about the passing of a dear friend and mentor. I met Barbara the summer of 1982 when I flew to Bradenton and interviewed with her in the OLD county office building. I was unable to move to Florida that year but returned 4 years later, interviewed with Barbara and accept a position at Wakeland Elementary School. That day she said she wanted me to meet the principal, Roy Larson, and zipped out of the parking lot saying “follow me!” She was off and away in a wild trip to Wakeland! She was noted for her driving and I found out why!
Over the 20+ years I worked in Manatee County, I was a teacher at Wakeland and Manatee Palms facility working with severely emotionally disturbed children. It was Barbara that asked me if I ever thought of leaving the classroom and I became a Teacher on Assignment for the Exceptional Student Department helping Barbara with a fast growing department. For the next 6 years she mentored me in the ins and out of dealing with schools, families and the law that directs Special Needs Children.
When she retired, I became a Behavior Specialist for the department and then a Coordinator of Exceptional Student Education Department for all schools in West Manatee County.
Before my retirement in 2007, I infrequently enjoyed time with her over lunch catching up with each other’s lives.
The memories of her kindness, caring, gentle ways will remain with me forever. At my retirement party, she gave me a book of Wisdom with an inscription - To Pat Harper, a very Wise person!
You have done you work on this earth, dear Friend. Now Rest In Peace.
Pat Harper
Patricia Harper
February 13, 2021
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