Dawn Rush Wassel
Dawn Rush Wassel passed away April 2, 2014. A Cobb County resident for more than 30 years, she was born on August 7, 1950 to the late Harold Lloyd Rush and Billie Frances Howell in Charlotte, North Carolina. After graduating from Douglas Freeman High, she began a very successful career in the rapidly expanding information technology industry. She began with a secretarial position at Honeywell, moving then to administration duties at IBM’s large account branch office in Atlanta. She was able, with her display of a smile, thoroughness and efficiency to move to staff positions in IBM Finance Industry and ultimately an Administration Manager at IBM. After meeting her husband Robert Wassel Jr at IBM, they were married in 1983 in Las Vegas. She put her career aside several years later to become mother and mentor to her pride and joy, their son, Andrew Lloyd Wassel. As a family, she followed her husband to Tokyo, Japan on an international assignment with IBM. She mastered Japanese to become an active participant in the native Japanese culture and became fast friends with the granddaughter of a Samurai warrior from Kyoto. Dawn created three around-the-world trips including culture side trips to Egypt, Greece, Indonesia, Bali, Tahiti, New Zealand and Australia that has left a worldly view in a time for international trade and cooperation with Andrew at a very young age. Upon the family’s return, Dawn became a very popular and sought after speaker for elementary and middle school classes to discuss the cultures around the world with her colorful and interesting pictures. She was a tireless volunteer in Andrew’s schools and attaining leadership positions in PTA. There was never a more proud parent at the Georgia State University graduation and induction of Andrew as a graduate of the Cobb County Police Academy. Dawn is survived by her husband, Robert Wassel, Jr, son Andrew Lloyd Wassel of Marietta, her sister Karen Rush McNeill of Richmond, Virginia, also step sons Michael Wassel, and Robert and Tamara Wassel III in Elmira, NY and their grand children, as well as step daughter Mary and Tavo Zavala, of Los Angeles, CA. On April 7 at 2pm, a memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Marietta, 189 Church Street, Marietta, GA 30066, with the Reverend Denise Beltzner officiating. Donations can be made to www.komenatlanta.org, in Dawn’s name as a cancer survivor.