EDITH PAULINE SCHWEDE
1928 - 2020
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At age 92 after a long fight, Edith succumbed to Alzheimer's Disease on November 16, 2020. She was a role model and an inspiration to others, lighting up rooms with her smile, engaging manner, and her true interest in listening. Normandy nursing home staff nicknamed her "Edie Sweetie." Edie was born into Lydia and Winfried Strieter's musical families in 1928 and lived in Cleveland. While raising three children, she worked for the Cleveland Board of Education, becoming the deputy administrator for non-teaching personnel. She loved books and good discussions. In her forties, she completed college, and in her sixties, fulfilled her dream of earning a Master of Arts from Case-Western Reserve University. Edie loved music, especially Bach. She played piano, sang in the Baldwin Wallace choir and later in the West Shore Chorale, played WCLV whenever possible, and organized living room parties to sight-read/sing from classical to popular musicals. She kept the Strieter clan geneaology going back to 1647. She organized a massive Strieter reunion in 2009 and we all sang the Hallelujah Chorus in rousing 4-part harmony from memory. Edie was an adventurous traveler enjoying solo cross-country road trips, seeing national parks, and visiting England and Europe. She was an active member of the West Shore Unitarian-Universalist Church, co-founding the annual Service Auction, now in its 26th year. She found her true spiritual home there. In 1997 Edie wrote, "I want to live a long time…as a wise old woman crone who remains responsible, whose family tolerates her affectionately, and who is remembered for pursuing goals long after most people settle down…also for occasional, tolerable, outrageous acts." She is very much missed. Edie was preceded in death by former husband Adelbert Schwede. Survivors lamenting her loss include her children, Laurel aka Laurie Schwede (Martin Wulfe), Drina Nemes (Gary) and Darren Schwede (Kim); grandson Greg Nemes (Sarah Verity), siblings Winfried (aka Joe) Strieter (Alice) and Miriam Stunkard (George aka Fritz), Julie (deceased) and numerous other relatives and friends. We thank the staffs of the Normandy Care Center and Hospice of the Western Reserve for their devotion and caring for Edie. When the pandemic danger has passed, a second obituary will announce future memorial life celebration details. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to West Shore Unitarian-Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd, Rocky River, OH 44116 or to the Alzheimer's Association.


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Published in The Plain Dealer from Nov. 20 to Nov. 22, 2020.
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November 23, 2020
Thinking of you, Drina, and remembering Edie with immense respect, warmth and love. I co-facilitated several workshops with her over the years at Summer Institute, and I am so grateful for the wisdom, insight, and humor she shared with us. Doing anything with Edie was just a whole lot of fun. May happy memories provide you comfort.
Jane Dirks
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November 23, 2020
Edie was one of the sweetest souls I've ever had the privilege of meeting! I have very fond memories of this dear woman from through various shared activities at West Shore UU Church. Her delightful sense of humor and kindness toward others always brightened the room! May her spirit linger in our hearts.
Mary Palmieri
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November 22, 2020
Drina, I am so sorry for your loss. Edie was such a beautiful, loving soul! And I am so happy I had the pleasure to know her! I am thinking of you and your family and pray for your strength during this time.
Nicole Elliott
Friend
November 21, 2020
Edie and the entire Schwede family are an integral part of my childhood memories. Edie could always make us laugh and was always another adult who loved us. I loved the singing gatherings, family picnics, scrabble games, trips to PA, and more. May you all find peace.
Florence Sprague
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