Cara Hogan Sanchez

Date of Passing:

July 25, 2022

Sanchez, Cara Hogan, 51, of Lister Drive, Barrington, passed away unexpectedly on July 25, 2022. She was the beloved wife of Jesus Sanchez.

Born in Boston, a daughter of Leo and Barbara (Walsh) Hogan, she graduated from Arlington High School in 1989. Cara then went on to UMass Amherst where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in history, and eventually her Master’s degree in education from San Francisco State University. She has lived in Barrington since 2007.

A lifelong learner with a curious mind and an open heart, Cara had a passion for teaching children. Her education career took her from San Francisco to the Barrington Public Schools where she coached teachers and expertly taught literacy and math for 20 years.

Cara was an active member of the Barrington community, cheering on others’ successes and lending a hand when a family was in need. Cara enjoyed the bounty of activities nature had to offer: basking in the sun at the beach, biking, hiking, kayaking, and camping to name a few. She could be seen walking her dog, Paco, through every season no matter the weather. Yoga became a passion, earning a certification in her free time to teach social-emotional learning to children through yoga.

Cara Sanchez touched the lives of so many and loved them with all she had. She adored her family and especially her beloved children William and Ana. She is survived by her siblings: Ann Marie Abbott (Robert) of Arlington, MA, Leo Hogan Jr. (Lisa) of Chelmsford, MA, and Kristen Hogan (Brian Droukas) of Falmouth, MA; there are also several surviving nieces and nephews she held close to her heart.

Calling hours will be held on Friday July 29, 2022 in the W. Raymond Watson Funeral Home, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside from 4-7 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held the following day Saturday, July 30, 2022 in St. Luke’s Church, 108 Washington Road, Barrington at 9:30 AM.

Online Condolences


  1. Hogan/Sanchez Family,
    I attended Arlington Public Schools with Cara. She was a good friend back then.
    My prayer for the family will be for comfort, peace, & understanding.


  2. Leo, Barbara and family: I am so sorry for your loss. No words can do this justice. Cara touched many lives. I am praying and thinking about you.

  3. Jesus, Will and Ana I was blindsided to hear of Cara’s passing. She was very kind to me when I started at Hampden Meadows and always a wonderful colleague. My deepest condolences to you all.

  4. So sorry to hear of your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Will played football with my grandson for many years and was a good friend and player. Mr Sanchez you were always so nice to my husband for so many years and I always was glad it was you where one of several who came with the rescue. Know that Cara is in a better place and will be watching over you from now until you meet again.

  5. Every bit of our hearts goes out to your family during this time. Sweet Cara, now the brightest star in the heavens. God bless all of you.

  6. We are heartbroken and thinking of you all.
    The Johnsons

  7. Devastated is the only word that comes to mind with the news of Cara’s passing. So sorry.

  8. Jesus,
    Our prayers and support are with you, Will and Ana. We are in shock with this devastating news. Cara was always kind and helpful to both my girls at Sowams. She will be missed greatly.

  9. I’m so sorry for your loss ?
    My thoughts and prayers ? are with all of you

  10. Cara was one of the most chill persons I’ve ever met. It seemed nothing could fluster her.

    As with many Barringtonians, we were connected many ways: through the kids’ friendship, through their swim teams, through Kendbrin, through soccer with Jesus, and yoga with Alyssa. When I’d run into Cara she was always warm, welcoming and friendly.

    I thought last night’s vigil was so poignant because it seemed like all the town stopped to let the news sink in. Cara deserved that honor. We will not be the same without her.

  11. Jesus, my prayers are with you and your family.

  12. I am so sorry for your loss. Cara was an incredible teacher and she made a big difference in my child’s life with her loving attention and talent for working with kids. Please know that we will carry with us the gift of confidence she gave our child. I am heartbroken for your family.

    with sincere condolences,

  13. Sincere sympathies to Jesus, William and Ana from Fred and Ellen Coppell, Erica Mancini’s dad and wife Ellen as well Ella’s grandparents. This family and our church here in Virginia will pray for healing for the entire family, neighbors and friends.

  14. Leo and Barbara, my heartfelt deepest condolences on the passing of your beautiful daughter Cara. Your families are in my thoughts and prayers.

  15. To the Sanchez family,
    My deepest sympathy to you in this difficult time. Cara was a wonderful colleague, always bringing enthusiasm and passion to everything she did. I can specifically remember district wide PD days where we worked together and her dedication was contagious. She was an example to all.

    Will, my heart is with you right now and in the days ahead. You have been on my mind every day since I’ve heard and I’m sending you as much strength as I can. May the memories of your mom and the lessons she taught you stay with you every day. I hope that you know how many people love you and are thinking of you right now. Reach out when you need someone to talk to.

    Sending you all love, peace, and healing love.

    Ms. Tracy Miller

  16. Jesus, Scott and I are so sorry to hear of Cara’s passing. You both are amazing people- so full of kindness. We are sending big hugs. Liz and Scott Lisle

  17. My deepest sympathies and loving support are with you all during this difficult time. ?❤️?

  18. Dear Will and Ana,
    My heart is breaking for you. I am deeply sorry for your loss.
    Sending my condolences to the whole family.
    Ms. Pickford

  19. Dear Babs, Leo and family,

    There are no words that we can possibly write to express our sadness over the loss of Cara. We are sending our deepest and heartfelt sympathy.

    Sending all our love and prayers,
    Mary and Mo

  20. So very sorry for the loss of your wife, daughter, sister and mother. The Sanchez and Hogan families are in our thoughts. Our deepest sympathies to you all at this time.

    Tim and Susie Monahan

  21. Deeply saddened and sorry to hear this news of Cara’s passing. We were good friends at UMass and fellow history majors. My condolences to her family and friends. Rest In Peace Cara

  22. Sorry for loss?Sending prayers for comfort and peace. ❤️

  23. Thoughts and prayers to you all.
    Love, Barb

  24. So very sorry for your loss.

  25. So very sorry to hear of this.

  26. Jesus, (My second Son) ❤️ Wil and Ana, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Cara. She was always so kind and a ray of sunshine. My love and deepest sympathies to you all.

  27. Jesus, William & Anna,

    Words can’t express our sorrow for your loss, Cara was a treasure to the Sowam’s community and always had a smile and friendly hello. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this incredibly difficult time.

    With heartfelt sympathy,

    Matt, Jen, Maddie, Carly & Jackson Gill

  28. Jesus, will and Ana,
    Our hearts go out to you during this time…there are no words, but know Cara is smiling down on on all of you!….
    jim, karen, james and primrose anderson

  29. Jesus, we are so sorry and have been thinking of you all non-stop. Cara was always such a light- a calm, positive and brilliant person in each interaction. It was such a gift to know our children were in her care and we are so grateful for her work and the love she showed to them. Her absence will leave such a void, but I know each of the many lives she touched will carry a piece of her genuine goodness with us. We are praying for you and your children and sending so much love.

  30. My deepest heartfelt sympathies to the Sanchez family. My heart breaks for you all. You will remain in my thoughts and prayers. May Cara’s light shine through your grief and the fond and loving memories keep you at peace.

  31. My sincere condolences to the Hogan and Sanchez family’s. My heart is broken for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  32. We are heartbroken to hear of the loss of Cara. Our love and deepest sympathy goes to you Jesus, Will and Ana. What a tremendous loss for all of us and for the entire Barrington community. She will be deeply missed.
    Esme, Jake and Jay Schieffelin

  33. Jesus, I am so very sorry for your loss! Cara was a beautiful person inside and out. My prayers are with you,Will and Ana and I am holding your entire family in my heart!❤️

  34. Our heartfelt condolences to Jesus, Will and Ana…. From Wee Care to Sowams to casually around town- Cara was a kind, wonderful soul – a gentle light to always be remembered …. She always asked about our family in our encounters, in a way of genuine care. She will be truly missed- out prayers and thoughts go out to you. Xoxo With love, the Kilpatricks

  35. Jesus, my heart breaks for you, Will and Ana. Cara was a beautiful soul and truly cared about everyone around her. Her smile lit up a room. She was always so thoughtful and kind, asking about my kids long after they graduated from Sowams. Praying that you and the kids find strength, love and smiles as your remember the good times you’ve all shared together. Much love and sympathy to your families.

  36. Your Hard Rock Cafe San Francisco family are all heartbroken. Jesus, you and Cara had a special love for each other. We are all praying for you and your family. Your HRC family is here for you. ?❤️

  37. Jesus, Will and Ana—we are heartbroken for you. Cara was such a wonderful person. Sending you love and healing, and may her memory be a blessing.
    Nicole Jellinek and Jason Knight

  38. Our sons attend the US Naval Academy together and have become good friends. Our family is deeply saddened by your family’s loss. Our prayers are with you as you grieve the loss of Cara. We stand with you and your family in any needs each of you and especially Will may have as time passes.
    Blessings and peace to you,
    The Suddath family

  39. Our sincere condolences to Jesus, Will, Ana, and the entire Sanchez and Hogan families.

  40. Leo, Barbara and family our deepest sympathy for your loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  41. I’m so sorry for your loss Jesus, Will, and Ana. Thinking of you, Cara was a wonderful person.

  42. Cara worked with my daughter at Sowams and was so patient and kind. Years later, when I would see her walking Paco, she always asked for my daughter. I will always remember her as a warm, caring and gentle person. We are so sorry for your loss. She and your family are in our hearts.

    Kate and Kas DeCarvalho

  43. My heart goes out to you Jesus and Will and Ana- completely stunned – Cara helped my son thru tough times and I will always remember her kindness and smiling face. One of the most genuine, loving people I have known. Your family is in my heart. You have all my prayers.

  44. Mrs. Sanchez worked with both of our daughters when they were at Sowams. She was such a wonderful influence in our kids’ lives and a warm, kind person.
    We are so sorry to hear of her passing. She will never be forgotten.

  45. Cara is a selfless teacher who brought so much joy and growth to our students. She has been an outstanding colleague, always being supportive and offering patience. My family and I hope that you will know how important she is to do many of us and will be cherished for bringing out the best in all of us.

  46. So sorry to hear this news. My heart is filled with wonderful childhood memories of my beautiful cousin. Thoughts and prayers go out to both the Sanchez and Hogan families. May she Rest In Peace and her spirit live on forever.

  47. My heart goes out to the Sanchez/ Hogan family. There are no words to describe how deeply missed our monthly Visits at the Salon will be. Cara and I became friends 16 years ago.. I always looked forward to our 2 hours alone, we talked, laughed , and cried. We shared our love of healthy food, Yoga, hiking , camping and our families. She will forever hold a special
    Place in my heart…Rest East my beautiful friend❤️

  48. Cara was a breath of fresh air to all our family as long as I have known her. She was such a positive influence on our whole extended
    family.She will be so missed but she will live on by the example she gave
    each day! Love ❤️ to the wonderful
    Aunt Margaret

  49. It was such a privilege and honor to work with Cara. She was an incredibly smart and thoughtful colleague. May your precious memories bring you comfort. Lean on them to remind you of the joy she brought into your life. Love and light.

  50. Jesus, Will, and Ana I love you all so very much ~ please know I am nearby for anything you need. Cara will be hugely missed by the east bay yoga community. She was a beautiful, hardworking, and kind energy in so many of my classes over the15 years that I had the pleasure of guiding her on her mat… both in the studio and on the beach (her happy place). <3

  51. My sincerest condolences to Jesus, Will, and Ana at this time. My heart goes out to your wonderful family at this time. My heart breaks for you all. You will remain in my thoughts and prayers in the days, weeks, and months ahead. My love and heartfelt sympathy goes out to you all. ?♥️

  52. So sorry for your loss Jesus. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

    Your soccer friend,


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