Vanda J. Nichols

Vanda June Nichols, 91, of Findlay, died on July 8, 2014. She was born December 5, 1923 in Fostoria to the late Roldon O. and Georda (Hatfield) Nichols.
Dear to her are her nieces, Mrs. Pete (Sally) Potosky and Caroline McIntyre; and second cousins, Bonnie and PJ Gair and Gordon, Patti, Will and Grace Gair.
Her sisters, Dolly (Nichols) McIntyre and Ruth (Nichols) Sollars, preceded her in death.
Vanda was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Findlay, participating in the Presbyterian Women and Choir. She was also a beloved member of AAUW and active in the Findlay Pan Hellenic (Alpha Omicron Pi).
Vanda loved to learn and explore. She traveled extensively, nationally and internationally, soaking up culture and history. She was constantly expanding her mind with music events, programs and workshops, especially those of Senior Forum at Findlay University.
She retired in 1991 from the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C., working in communications and public affairs. In a dual capacity, she managed the Washington Office of Foreign Affairs and the start up of the World Affairs Council of Washington. Programs for all three involved extensive contact with the White House and officials on the Hill.
Vanda graduated from Miami University and was an active alumna. She first worked in New York City with American Express. After eight years she returned to Fostoria to work for Fostoria Pressed Steel. While there, she and three colleagues established Rador Inc, a subsidiary of Weigland Corp. Later she moved to Lakeland to work for Eaton Corporation at their World Headquarters & Telecommunications Center.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday July 18 at the First Presbyterian Church of Findlay, with Associate Pastor Patrick Cherry presiding. A commitment service (internment of ashes) will be at 10 a.m. Thursday July 17 at the Veterans Memorial Chapel in Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria.
Suggested memorials, if desired, are the First Presbyterian Church of Findlay and the Bridge Home Health and Hospice.
Arrangements handled by the COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME. Online condolences may be made at www.coldrencrates.com.

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