David John Wassel

November 16, 1946 - December 28, 2018

David John Wassel, 72, of Geneva, IL. passed away on Friday, December 28, 2108 at Delnor Hospital in Geneva, IL.   David was born November 16, 1946 in Chicago, IL. the son of Richie and Bernadette (nee. Alexander) Wassel.

Growing up in Cicero, Dave learned at a young age how to cook, which became one of his lifelong passions. Although he cooked many dishes, Dave is most famous for making the family spaghetti for special occasions. Dave was a talented swimmer as a child, who swam competitively for the Morton East High School and Illinois State University. Dave served in the US Army before earning a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education. Christ came into Dave’s life at 33, starting him down a journey in faith that fulfilled his life.  The material was less important to him than the emotional and spiritual gifts he shared with those he touched at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and 180 Chicago.

David is survived by his family; Alexander Wassel, Amanda Meier  and Judy Brown.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Marilyn Winham.

A memorial service will be held at 10AM on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1310 Shepherd Dr., Naperville, IL. 60565.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in David’s name to Suicide Prevention Services of America. (

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  • Mike Pieklo My most heartfelt condolences to David's family. He was a dear friend. We swam and lifeguarded together all through high school. I was so, so sorry to hear of his passing.