1949 - 2019

Rosemary WencheL  Pioneer of Military Cybersecurity Passes  
Mrs. Rosemary Wenchel, a pioneer in U.S. cyberspace operations for the U.S. Navy, Department of Defense, and the Department of Homeland Security, passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2019. Born in Fort Monmouth, NJ, in 1949, to Philip and Madeline Swanton, the family moved to Maryland when she was a child, where she grew up with her sister Suzan. While at the University of Maryland, she met George Wenchel, whom she wed in 1969. She spent two decades traveling the world raising their two sons before embarking on a 30-year career serving our Nation as a member of the DoD Senior Executive Service and Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity at DHS. In her personal life, she was well known for her beautiful peonies, azaleas and camellias, traveling with her family, and doting on her grandchildren. Mrs. Wenchel is survived by her loving husband, George, their son Adam and his wife Erin, their son Seth and his wife Sarah, and three grandchildren, Josephine, Heath, and Myles.A Memorial service will be held Christ Lutheran Church, 5101 16th St., NW, Washington, DC on Thursday, June 13 at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow.In lieu of flowers, gifts may be sent to the Rosemary Wenchel Memorial Scholarship in Computer Science at Please see full obituary and sign guestbook at  
Published by The Washington Post from Jun. 10 to Jun. 12, 2019.
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Christ Lutheran Church
5101 16th St., Washington,, DC
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Brother George,

Beth and I just learned that your dear wife Rosemary is suddenly home with Jesus. We send our love to you and your family.

I look forward to having a chance to talk with you. 240-401-1110 God Bless You,
Randy Neubauer
June 21, 2019
If we still live in our high school heads and hearts, I am still with Rosemary. From that vantage point, all fondest wishes to her family for deep condolences and the peace that passes understanding. Suzanne (Kasper) Gregg, LR'67
Suzanne (Kasper) Gregg
June 16, 2019
Our La Reine alumni lost another member. May the good Lord bless and keep you in his loving arms.
Maureen Willett (San Fellipo)
June 15, 2019
May God create a wonderful fragrance of memories for you all at this time of sorrow as you long forward to reuniting with Rosemary in heaven.
Thomas Edelman
June 13, 2019
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