Vada Reel marks 75th year as musician
Vada May Reel will be honored by the congregation of Smith Corners United Methodist Church, 3000 S. Canfield-Niles Road, as a musician for the past 75 years at the church.
A special recognition will be at 10:45 a.m. Sept. 16. It is open to the public.
This is part of the local church’s celebration of 150 years of ministry.
Reel, who will be 91 in November, has played at 131 weddings, 25 funerals and given piano lessons to 55 children including her own grandchildren.
She and her late husband, Jack, were involved in the growth and building of the current church building, which is near the original structure.
Her family has held positions of trustee, choir members, Sunday School teachers, financial chairmen, Church Council chairmen and other volunteer posts.
Reel has been active for more than 60 years in the United Methodist Women group and also was a Sunday School teacher.
She maintains involvement with Dublin Grange and was active in the cooperaive extension and Farm Bureau.
Many junior high and high school musicians requested her as piano accompanist over the years.
In 1936, when she was 15 years old, Reel began her tenure as pianist in the old brick building that served the church from 1862-1962.
Her service has spanned the birth of her three sons, Kenneth, Gary and Wayne; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Currently, her granddaughter Amy Reel Nash shares the musical duties, with one on the piano and the other on the organ.
She has accompanied children’s, youth and adult choirs for years.