Veda “Jean” Schimmel, 87, of Virginia Beach, passed away on July 24, 2023 at home after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on August 17, 1935 in Norwood, Ohio. She was a proud graduate of Oceana High School in Virginia Beach. She was predeceased by her husband, George W. Schimmel and her son, Thomas W. Swindell, Jr. She is survived by her sister, Robin; her children, Cynthia, Mark (Ann), Michael., Sr., Michael G. and Jill; grandchildren, Michael, Jr. (Sarah), Steven (Jewel), Adam (Kelly), Ryan (Grace) and Stephanie. She is also survived by her beloved grand fur babies, Holly, Jack, Zoey, Tyson, Luna, and Lucy.
Jean had many interests, she was always at work on a project, whether it was sewing and knitting for her church and her family or donating her time and skills creating special projects for those she loved and those in need. She loved her garden, feeding her birds, and had a special love of collecting dolls. She enjoyed collecting and showing her dolls while traveling to conventions each year and looked forward to her monthly luncheons with her local doll club friends.
She loved traveling, spending time with her family and her friends, especially her close friends, Alda and Marsha. She looked forward to their trips each year to the Outer Banks, shopping, eating great food and just spending time together. She was not one to remain idle and had numerous friends she adored and kept in contact with throughout the years.
Jean loved her family fiercely and the Lord as well. Her favorite time of the year was Christmas and everyone knew there were no excuses for missing her famous Christmas Eve dinner with her special lasagna dinner. It was the one time of the year she counted on seeing her whole family together.
She was a longstanding member of Scott Memorial UMC, its Chancel Choir and held many positions in the church, Cub Scout Pack 62 and Troop 62 Committee. She more recently attended Thalia UMC where she made many new friends as well.
Jean was a strong believer in women being independent and being able to take care of themselves. She always had great advice for the women in her life.
We would like to thank her very close friends, Alda and Marsha for their great care of her in the last year and especially the last few weeks of her life. She held them very dear to her heart and considered them her family as well.
We would also like to thank Amedisys Hospice for their wonderful care in her final days, especially Becky and Kendra.
She will be sorely missed by all, but we know she is with George, the love of her life.
A memorial service will be held at 11am on August 26, 2023 at Thalia UMC in Virginia Beach. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations in her name be made to the Virginia Beach SPCA or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made to the family below.