Rachel Wasserman
Date of Death: July 7, 2011
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Rachel Wasserman, 44 Rachel Wasserman, 44, of Chicago, died at 5:21 p.m. Thursday, July 7, 2011, at Illinois Masonic Hospital emergency room. She was born Nov. 8, 1966, in Washington, D.C., and graduated from Harrison High School in West Lafayette in 1984 where she played the oboe in the marching band and was a national…

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John Gropper left a message on August 17, 2011:
My deepest sympathy to you all.
Charles and Alison Lo family left a message on July 17, 2011:
To the Wasserman family: Our family&s deepest condolences to you on the
sudden loss of Rachel. We will always remember her with a smile on her face.

To Jim Holtzman:
We are shocked and saddened by Rachel&s loss. We will miss seeing
and talking to her. When we were with her we sensed her joy for life.

Charles, Alison, Adrienne, and Alex Lo
Kevin Lobdell left a message on July 12, 2011:
Rachel brought a smile to everyone&s face. I worked with Rachel at PeopleSoft and she was a joy to work with. No matter what was on her plate, whether it be bothered by 20 sales people at quarter end she always greated you with that smile and always willing to help.

She educated the non-legal minds at PeopleSoft with various training to keep us from doing something stupid and just remember her great disposition.

I would occasional run into Rachel at Starbucks while she worked at Fieldglass and she really seemed to enjoy the company and I am sure she brought the same professionalism she did at PeopleSoft.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

John Zrnich left a message on July 12, 2011:
To Rachel&s Family:

Please accept my sincerest condolences on your loss. I met Rachel in law school and was fortunate enough to have renewed my friendship with her in the last several years. In law school, I remember that she stood out from the rest of our classmates because of her genuine warmth and solid sense of self.

She was the only person I&ve ever met who&s travelled to all seven continents and I believe that she travelled through life as she did through the world, fully and with a heartfelt interest in everyone and everything she encountered.

We are all the lesser for her passing.

Kindest regards,

John A. Zrnich
Joe Pajkos left a message on July 12, 2011:
Dear Mark and Family,

May knowing you&re in the hearts and thoughts of others help you and yours
through this time of sorrow.

Please accept my our sympathy on loss of your sister.

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Joe, Peggy, Sarah and Michael
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Patti McLaughlin left a message on July 12, 2011:

My deepest condolences to you and your family on the losss of your sister Rachel. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Patti McLaughlin
Carol Wright left a message on July 12, 2011:
With much love and regrets - I will miss Rachel in more ways than I can say. I loved knowing her as a friend and roommate. We all were blessed to have had her in our lives - Carol
Rochelle & Brad Denning , family left a message on July 12, 2011:
Dear Rachel,

The heart of my family and I ,is so saddened by your passing. I was glad I made it to share this loss with your parents , Mark and to meet the love of your life. I only wish I had made a effort sooner and not let time pass. You have shown us all how to live ones life. I promish you this.... I will not let life get in the way of family .. I will and want to be more involved with family. I will always hold close to my heart the times in Florida as children.

With all my love.
Shelly, Brad
Janet Kleve left a message on July 11, 2011:
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Words are small comfort, but hopefully they can help you heal over time. Please know that many loving thoughts are with you today and always.
Janet Kleve
Jamie Mirkovic left a message on July 11, 2011:
Dear Wassermans,

Our condolences your family and loved ones on behalf of my husband and I. We hold a special place in our hearts for Rachel and her many hours spent helping us with the Fieldglass documents needed for my husband&s US Citizen application.

Rachel was a cherished colleague at Fieldglass and will be missed.

Jamie and Kostja Mirkovic
Kathryn Huebner left a message on July 11, 2011:
Dear Jim Holtzman, Wasserman family, and friends,
I am so sorry to hear the news of Rachel&s passing. May there be comfort in knowing that someone so special will never be forgotten.

Rachel and I were coworkers at PeopleSoft in the Midwest Chicago sales office in Westchester, IL. Every time I met with Rachel for work or social, she was so loving, compassionate, sweet and fun to be with. I have fond memories of her laughter and our common interests. As alumnis, Rachel and I bonded over our love for Indiana University school and athletics. I feel grateful to have known her and to have had the time that I had with her in our days at PeopleSoft. I feel thankful for her support as the PeopleSoft midwest band began to perform at sales events and such. She has inspired me in so many ways with her professionalism, general positive attitude, dedication to health and fitness, and her warm and compassionate personality. She will be missed by me as well as the entire PeopleSoft family!

I&ll be thinking about you all this week during the services and praying that you find some comfort in the memories and love that you shared with Rachel. With my sincere sympathy,
Kathy Huebner at Oracle
Connie (Ortman) Workman left a message on July 11, 2011:
Dear Wasserman family--
I was home at my parents& in Capilano when I saw Rachel&s obituary in the paper. I was so saddened to hear of her untimely death. I played at your house at the ""bottom of the hill"" a lot in our younger years. I will always remember Rachel as being one of the smartest girls I knew!! It sounds like her intelligence led her to do some great things. She was a great friend with a warm smile. Blessings to you in this difficult time.
Connie (Ortman) Workman
Joyce and Leslie Field left a message on July 11, 2011:
We didn&t know your daughter, but from the notice in the newspaper it is obvious that she was a talented and compassionate person who looked out for those not as fortunate as she.
Although we could not make it to Temple Israel for the service, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Losing a child will leave a hole in your hearts but we hope that you will soon be comforted.
Stacy Claeys left a message on July 11, 2011:
I was a co-worker at PeopleSoft, and a friend. Rachel brought such joy and laughter to all of us. I can&t put into words how my heart breaks at her loss.
Tim Brennan left a message on July 11, 2011:
Mark, and Mr. and Mrs. Gerald and Louise Wasserman,

""It&s not the things in life you do that you regret, it&s the things in life you don&t do you regret.""
-Mark Twain

Rachel it appears lived a very active, full life. My deepest and sincere condolences go out to you and your family. I will keep Rachel and your family in my prayers.

Tim Brennan
Lou and Ann Pellegrino left a message on July 11, 2011:
Dear Gerry & Louise,

Please accept our condolences for the loss of your daughter. The loss of a child must be devastating. Our hearts go out to you.

Lou and Ann
Vicki Massengill left a message on July 11, 2011:
Mark & family,
So sorry to hear about the lost of your sister. My thoughts and prayers are with you & your family. May she rest in peace.
Armand Leonetti left a message on July 11, 2011:
I am deeply saddened to find the news of Rachel&s passing. I was privileged to have been her friend and co-worker for many years at Amoco and also later when our paths crossed again at PeopleSoft and Oracle. She is one of the finest people I have known and I will miss her dearly.

My deepest sympathies,

Armand Leonetti
Jaime Duckworth left a message on July 10, 2011:

I will never forget your smile. Peace in Heaven!

JianMei from Beijing, China
Dina Ross left a message on July 10, 2011:
Zecher Tzadik Livracha

I was so sorry to hear of Rachel&s passing, a light has truly gone out in the world.

We worked together years ago at Ungaretti, and I had many other occasions to work with her since then, both as a colleague and on the other side of the table. I also had the privilege of enjoying her company as a friend through the years.

She will be greatly missed. I wish Jim and her other family and friends much peace.

With deepest condolences,
Dina Ross
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Joanne Miller left a message on July 10, 2011:
Dear Wasserman family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Rachel was one of my English students at Harrison, and I remember her with pleasure. May time bring you healing in the days and years ahead.
Sincerely, Joanne Miller
Howard Zelaznik & Lorraine Kisselburgh left a message on July 10, 2011:
Dear Jerry and Louise,

Our hearts are so very heavy at hearing the news of Rachel&s death, and we want to send you our deepest condolences and support. Though Rachel was a teenager when we first met your family, we do remember what a special woman she was, and how very proud you both were every time you talked about her. Jerry&s eyes would sparkle, and Louise&s smile was broad each time you shared with us news of her accomplishments and activities. And, when we did see Rachel, it was clear why you were so proud -- she was bright, beautiful, and had a good heart.

I know the experience of losing someone unexpectedly and much too early in life is nothing short of shocking and tragic, and seems grossly unfair. We hope that you take solace in seeing the many things that she accomplished so beautifully in her short life, and continue to feel pride in recognizing that her life was so well lived.

In the meantime, our hearts will continue to be heavy for your family. Please know that we are thinking of you both, and of Mark and Rachel&s partner James.

All our best love and support,
Lorraine and Howie
Steve and Laura Zaacks left a message on July 10, 2011:
Mark and family,

Please accept our condolences for the passing of your sister. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Steve and Laura Zaacks
Norma Zanghi left a message on July 10, 2011:
My sincere condolences to Rachel&s family and partner James on the loss of such a wonderful woman. I worked with her at PeopleSoft and Oracle and will remember her for her kindness and infectious smile. -Norma Zanghi
Karen Hobaugh Garrity left a message on July 10, 2011:
I was always second chair Oboe to Rachel. I remember her welcoming smile and her sometimes mischievous eyes. My deepest sympathy and prayers are with all her loved ones.
Lawrence Stroup left a message on July 10, 2011:
Dear Gerald and Louise,

I was deeply saddened to hear about the death of Rachel. It is always very difficult when we lose loved ones and I can only imagine the grief you are experiencing. I encourage you to continue drawing on your strengths and the strength of your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this time of mourning. As soap is for the body, tears are for the soul. May God bless you both and the rest of your family during this difficult time.

Lawrence Stroup
Cathy McEwing left a message on July 10, 2011:
Rachel was a wonderful woman and I am so thankful that I had the chance, over the past 2 1/2 years, to rekindle our highschool friendship. She was a bright spot in my trips to Chicago and it was great heading down to Lafayette with her for our 25-year reunion two years ago. We had great conversations during the car ride that ranged from the economy to Chicago restaurants to silly high school memories and speculation about what the reunion would be like. I remember specifically thinking how great it was that I could count her among my friends again. What a woman!

Mr & Mrs Wasserman, Jim & Mark
I can only imagine your sorrow and I hope and pray that the beautiful memories you have will provide you some comfort at this so very sad time. Rachel was a beautiful, accomplished and loving woman. This world was a better place for having her in it and I know there is a very special place in heaven for someone so wonderful.

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Cathy McEwing
Ehtibar Dzhafarov left a message on July 9, 2011:
Jerry, no words are good to console grieving parents. So this is just to say: I am so sorry.

Soller-Baker Funeral Homes, Inc. left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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