Nila F. Swank

July 06, 1927 ‒ February 28, 2016

Galion, Ohio

Nila F. Swank, 88, of Galion passed away Sunday morning, February 28, 2016 at Mill Creek Nursing Center in Galion.

She was born July 6, 1927 in Crestline and was the daughter of Harley A. and Treesa L. (Pillers) Hodle.

In 1949 Nila married Daryl E. Pfleiderer and he preceded her in death that same year. She later married Sheldon B. Swank in 1951 and he preceded her in death in 1988. Nila is also preceded in death by two sons Richard Swank and Sheldon Bruce Swank Jr. and a twin sister Twila Snyder.

She is survived by granddaughters Jennifer (Jason) Harbrough of Kansas City, Missouri, Janell (Clinton) Bradley of Poplar Grove, Illinois and Morgan (Brian Kershner) Swank of Columbus; 4 great grandchildren Adrian, Makenzie, Abagail and Edgar; her caregiver Joyce Hively of Galion; nephew Mark (Mary) Snyder of Colorado and a niece Diana (David) Lane of Michigan.

Nila graduated from Crestline High School in 1945 and graduated from Tiffin College in 1947. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Galion and where she served as treasurer for many years. Nila was a member of the former Research Club, the Galion Community Hospital Twig 9 and the Order of the Eastern Star where she was a past matron. She was secretary/treasurer of the YMCA in Galion and during the merger of the YMCA and the Galion Community Center she became the treasurer of the Galion Community Center YMCA for many years until her retirement.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 4, 2016 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833 where services will be held at 7:00 p.m., with Rev. Faith Proietti officiating. Burial will be in Crawford County Memory Gardens, Crestline at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Crawford County Humane Society in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Nila Swank, and condolences may be made to them at

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  • Sorry for your loss,you all our in my thoughts and prayers.I took of Nilla while she was at Magnolia,she was a joy.God Bless you….

  • Dear Morgan,
    I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your Grandma, I work with her at the Galion Community Center, we had some fun times together. May the memories you share hold her close to your heart.

    Carol Clark

  • Friends & Family… Just a short note to pass along my condolance on the passing of Nila… I knew Nila, from her work @ the Galion Community Center YMCA… about 30 years ago, I sold Nila a lottery ticket for a picking copper kettle… I will always remember how excited she was when she won it.. I enjoyed bringing the kettle to her, as much as she enjoyed winning it.. She was a total class lady, and part of the generation that made Galion & North Central Ohio great… Codolances, thought & prayers… Davey Jones WQEL

  • To the families of Nila,
    Max and I send our sympathy to all of you in the loss of Nila. Quite a classy lady in
    her younger days. She had a heart of gold in her and there was nothing that she would not do to help at the church and activities in the community. A super lady and friend.

  • Dear Morgan & Family, So very sorry for you loss. You have some fun memories with her & that’s important. She was a sweet lady.

  • Our deepest sympathathies go to your family and friends at this time. Marsha and bert mckee ( friends of. Joyce )

  • To the Swank Family,
    We were so sorry to read about Nila passing. Please accept our sympathies and prayers.
    The Ron Nelson Family