Josef Wonsever (1950 - 2019)

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  • "Joe worked for me at NASA HQ 26 years ago as the SRM&QA..."
    - Richard Perry
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Beall Funeral Home
6512 NW Crain Hwy
Bowie, MD
20715
(301)-805-5544
Visitation
Friday, Oct. 18, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Beall Funeral Home
6512 NW Crain Hwy
Bowie, MD 20715
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Funeral service
Friday, Oct. 18, 2019
1:30 PM
Beall Funeral Home
6512 NW Crain Hwy
Bowie, MD 20715
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Interment
Friday, Oct. 18, 2019
3:00 PM
Lakemont Memorial Gardens
900 West Central Ave.
Davidsonville, MD
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Josef Arnold Wonsever  

Born September 10, 1950 to David and Eithne Wonsever in Brooklyn, New York and late of Severn, Maryland died on Friday, October 11, 2019 after a short illness.He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Nancy Louise Koles and his children James Andrew, Jennifer Ann, and her husband Nathan Franklin Powers. Also by his siblings, sister Rachel Kretser and brother Brian Wonsever. Josef obtained his private pilot license at the age of 17. He attended the Polytechnic Institute on New York graduating with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. He obtained a master degree in Engineering Administration from George Washington University. Josef worked as a "rocket scientist" for over 40 years for NASA at both Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. He was Chief for Technical Assessments for the SMA Directorate, Program Manager for the GSFC Technical Standards Program and GSFC's SMA Representative for Orbital Debris matters, making lasting contribution in Safety and Mission Assurance. In 2018, he earned NASA's highest award, the Distinguished Service Medal for exceptional and outstanding mission support. Outside of work, he loved Square Dancing at the C1 level along with learning to Round Dance. He was a world traveler, visiting Australia, Europe, Canada and Argentina. In addition to flying, he enjoyed skiing, sailing, and fixing a wide array of objects. A devoted family man, Josef participated in a variety of activities with his children, judged high school science projects at annual fairs, and spent countless hours with his son on scouting projects with the Boy Scouts of America. Family will receive friends on Friday, October 18, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Beall Funeral Home, 6512 NW Crain Hwy, Bowie, MD followed by a funeral service at 1:30 p.m. Interment Lakemont Memorial Gardens, 900 West Central Ave., Davidsonville, MD, at 3 p.m.. After the services, all are welcome to spend time with the family at their home. Please view and sign the family's guestbook at:

Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 16, 2019
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