Vada (Nye) Schwendau

April 08, 1926 ‒ May 01, 2020

Westerville, Ohio
Formerly of Mount Vernon, Ohio

Vada (Nye) Schwendau, age 94 formerly of Mt. Vernon passed away Friday, May 1, 2020 at Parkside Village in Westerville.

She was born on April 8, 1926 in Columbus to Charles Wendel and Ruth Marie (Kuhlwein) Nye.  Graduated from North High School in Columbus in 1943 and The Ohio State University in 1947 with a Bachelor of Science in nursing.

She was a Public Health Nurse with the Columbus Board of Health until she married Edward H. Schwendau of Chicago, Illinois on October 7, 1950, and moved to the Chicago area. She retired as a certified teacher/nurse consultant form the Barrington, Illinois School District. Vada also served as a Red Cross Nurse volunteer and Salvation Army Volunteer. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, Mt. Vernon. She was also a life member of both The Ohio State University Alumni Association and The Ohio State University Nurses Alumni Society.

Vada is survived by son Mark (Karen) Schwendau of Byron, IL, daughter Debra (Gene) Jackson of Nokomis, FL, grandchildren: Kendra (Nathan) Asbury of Rockford, IL,  Kyle (Abbey) Jackson of Marietta, GA, Katie (Jordan) Shaver of North Port, FL, and  Trevor Schwendau (Helen Aly) of St. Louis, MO. Also survived by 7 precious great-grandchildren: Blakely, Ellowyn and Rylen Asbury, Keller and Isabella Vada Jackson, and Joslyn and Brynley Shaver. Vada also leaves behind a sister-in-law, Betty Nye and niece Kathy Nye Bixler, and nephew Steve (Claudia) Nye.

Vada was preceded in death by her husband, Edward, brother, Wendell on April 26th, parents Ruth and Charles, and an infant sister.

Services will be observed privately by her family on Sunday at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Sunbury with graveside services to follow in Mt. Liberty Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Capital City Hospice, 2800 Corporate Exchange Dr #170, Columbus, Ohio 43231 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 1379 Dublin Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43215 in Vada’s memory.

Condolences may be expressed at

  • You are in our thoughts and prayers. What a joy you were blessed with such a wonderful Mother and grandmother. Such a life well lived.
    The Scotts

  • So many wonderful memories of your mother, Veda growing up in Mount Liberty included in the Jackson family’s gatherings. She would be so proud of her beautiful family as she and Ed look from above as they were reunited today.
    Thinking of everyone and sending love to all of you,

    Jim, Ellie Darby and Caleb Hartsock
    Chad and Anna Hartsock

  • Thank you for sharing this precious lady with us these last 8 years. I am going to miss that twinkle in her eye and beautiful smile. Until we meet again sweet Vada. (O-H!)

    • Thank you Michelle! Our Parkside family will always hold a special place in our hearts😍

  • Please accept our sincere condolences and know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May God bless and comfort each of you

  • We’re so sorry Deb. Please know we’re praying for you guys. Karen and George

  • Thoughts and Prayers to all. Thank you for sharing her with us. I am sure she is making her rounds in heaven. Sure will miss that smile.

    • Thanks Chris😘 And thank you to our Parkside family who always embraced us with their love😍

  • Prayers lifted for you and your families Deb and Gene. Please accept our sincere condolences and lean on wonderful memories to help you through this difficult time. Blessings to all.

  • So sorry to hear about your Mother Deb. Keeping all of you in our prayers…..❤️🙏🏼

  • Dear DEB, Gene, and Family.
    We are so sorry for your loss. May all the beautiful memories of your mother get you through these difficult times. Your mother has won the battle and is now set free.

    • Thank you! Sorry we weren’t able to see Miss Jean on this trip, but sending a virtual hug😘

  • So sorry to hear of Vada’s death. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Deb,Gene and family. Sorry for your loss of Vada. Such a sweet lady and always had a kind word for everyone. Prayers for all of your family in the passing of a wonderful women.

  • Gene and Deb: She was such a sweet person. Our hearts are broken for your loss. Sending hugs to you and your family. – Matt and Becky Payne

  • Deb and family we are so sorry for the loss of your mother. I loved her smile. She was so sweet and kind. Your parents were wonderful people. Prayers of comfort for all of you!.

  • Our hearts go out to for losing such a special lady. May your memories sustain you. Sending love and hugs!

  • So sorry for your loss. We are never ready, no matter the age. Your blessing appears to be that she had a life well lived.
    God bless you all as you lay your loved one to rest.

  • We are really sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    The Holly Family

  • Deb & Gene, So sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing , We are never ready no matter the age but a Life Well Lived . My prayers for you are to hold onto all those Beautiful Memories.
    You have such a Nice Family and what Beautiful names of all those grandchildren you are Blessed with.

  • Deb, Gene, and family – We are so sorry for your loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with you! We remember your mom always smiling back when we all went to Faith. Miss you guys!

    John and Kathy Frank

  • Gene, Deb and Family

    We are so sorry to hear about your Mom. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. She was such a good person.

    David & Emily