Jeanette D. Wessel dies at age 67

Maryland Aviation Administration official who had been active in Republican Party politics

April 21, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Jeanette D. Wessel, a former Maryland Aviation Administration official who had been active for years in the state Republican Party, died April 15 of cancer at her home in Estero, Fla. The former Annapolis resident was 67.

Jeanette Driver, the daughter of a livestockman and a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised in Marriottsville. She was a graduate of Howard High School.

During the late 1960s and 1970s, she worked for the Catonsville accounting firm of Davis and Davis.

A lifelong Republican, Mrs. Wessel began volunteering for the party in 1970, and then worked her way to the organization's top state post when she was named executive director in 1986.

She also had been Republican state treasurer and a delegate or an alternative to seven national Republican conventions.

From 1989 to 1997, she was president and CEO of the Anne Arundel Trade Council (now the Chamber of Commerce for Anne Arundel County).

For two years, she was president of the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce until being appointed director to the office of communications and business relations for the Maryland Aviation Administration by then-Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

She retired in 2006 and for the past two years, the former Annapolis resident lived in Estero.

She enjoyed reading, traveling and playing cards.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Haight Funeral Home, 6416 Sykesville Road, Sykesville.

Surviving are her companion, Richard J. Costabile of Estero; a brother-in-law, Chris Feaga of Clarksville; a sister-in-law, Lee Ann Driver of Marriottsville; and several nieces and nephews. An earlier marriage ended in divorce.

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