Vada M. Damaska returned to her heavenly home on March 26, 2021 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Her devotion to her family and her firm belief in God supported her in her struggle and ultimately gave her peace.

Vada was born to the late Rev. Ernest and Ruth McClain, on June 2, 1936. She graduated from Geneva College in 1957 and began her elementary teaching career. Vada was a devoted educator who touched the lives of many students over the years. She retired from teaching in 1998 from the Beaver Falls School District.

Vada was blessed with a loving family. She married Harold Damaska on July 25, 1959. The couple lived in New Brighton, PA, for a few years before moving to their home in Beaver Falls, PA. Vada and her husband, Harold, made College Hill their home with their two children for many years. Upon their retirement, Harold and Vada moved to Seaford.

Vada is survived by her husband of 60 years Harold; her daughter Kimberlee Zellhart and son-in-law, Rich, and her son David Damaska and daughter-in-law, Carrie; her grandchildren Zachary Zellhart, Zane Zellhart, Brandon Damaska, and Zoe Zellhart; and her sisters Carol Foster and Helen Martindale. She was preceded in death by her parents Rev. Ernest and Ruth McClain, her brother Donald McClain, and sisters Shirley Quay, Jean Krivoski, and Kay Rockwell.

A memorial service and celebration of life for Vada will take place on Tuesday, April 6 at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Seaford. Reverend Richard Evans will officiate the service. There will be a viewing from 11 a.m. prior to the service at noon. Interment will follow for family at the Veteran’s Cemetery in Millsboro. COVID protocols will be in place.                                         

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. John’s United Methodist Church, 300 N. Pine St, Seaford, DE 19973.

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