OBITUARY

Anna May Snyder

September 15, 1929September 16, 2020

Anna May Snyder Devoted wife, mother, aunt, and grandmother Anna May Snyder (nee Mollet) passed away on September 16 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She was 91 years old. She was born in Swedesboro, New Jersey. After graduating from Goldey-Beacom College, she worked at du Pont de Nemours in Deepwater, New Jersey while serving in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. She was married for 66 years to Paul W Snyder, Jr. They lived in Pitman, New Jersey, and at various places Paul’s work took them, in the United States, and also Japan and Saudi Arabia. Anna May was a ten-year volunteer for the American Red Cross, and served in various other volunteer capacities. She and Paul retired to the Pocono Mountains, enjoying outdoor activities for 22 years before becoming residents at Country Meadows retirement communities in Allentown and then Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Anna May had three children, John Snyder of Wellesley, Massachusetts; Joan Snyder of Portland, Oregon, and Amy Hartsough of Hoffman Estates, Illinois. She had six grandchildren and ten nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Paul, and by her brothers, Joseph Mollet and Franklin Mollet, and her sisters, Ruth DuBrink and Alice DuBrink. Cremation is to be arranged by the Lanterman & Allen Funeral Home, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. A family interment service for Anna May and Paul in Cresco, Pennsylvania will be arranged at a later date, when it is safer to get together. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in honor of Anna May to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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Amy Hartsough

September 24, 2020

A lesson my mother's life imparts to us all, that is especially appropriate at this time:

Imagine being born in the year when the Great Depression started, and rounding out your childhood with the deprivations of World War II, which subtracted even further from an already austere life dictated by an extremely frugal father. Her generation learned to read from the Bible, not from the much easier children's books I learned from!

Despite that, or maybe because of it, she enjoyed instances of happiness, when for a moment she was not driven by obligation. She told us that, as a child, she enjoyed riding the farm horse Barney and in general spending time at the farm and with friends at the farm or in town. She was even in a fashion show for a clothing store in town. Throughout her life, those early moments of happiness may have served as a reminder that no matter how difficult the times, it is worthwhile to reach out for moments like that.

So, for me, the best memories of her are when I observed her having one of these moments, For example, identifying woodland flowers, eating ice cream or chocolates or fresh tomatoes or peaches, going out to dinner, dancing with my father, returning time and again to the beach and lighthouse at Cape May, showing extended family the photos in her albums (or slide shows, back in the day) or laughing at a joke.

In her final hours when she could no longer talk with us, I hope those moments were what she saw in her minds eye, and she was savoring them!

Gerry and Carole Gariepy

September 18, 2020

We loved and admired Anna May. The people in her life had a very kind, caring, loving, and supportive person. We shared many good times with her and Paul and we ended all our RV trips at their home, always wonderful visits and a great way to end our journeys. We admired how positively she joined Paul in all his moves and locations, even in Saudi Arabia. She found joy and learning everywhere. Paul was central for her and she even uncomplainingly canoed the Allagash with an injured hand, not wanting to upset plans he had with Don and Ginny and us. During Paul’s illness these past few years, it was heartwarming to see her reading to him . Togetherness forever. On a very personal note, we are grateful for the support and outreach she gave us and our special son Grant. Having a caring friend in your life means so much. Our sympathy to her beloved family, two big losses so close together. We think the timing would be what she wanted.

Heather Donges

September 17, 2020

So many memories of Aunt Anna May. When I was little she would send me a doll or tea set from where ever they were living. She will be deeply missed but her beloved was needing her more then us. Thoughts and prayers to the whole family...
Heather & Nick Donges

Marcia Mollet

September 17, 2020

Sending our heart felt sympathy to the family of Anna May Snyder. Aunt Anna May will truly be missed. When I read of her passing it was difficult for me to tell my husband Franklin G Mollet. With saddness his very first comment was she was the last of the Mollet siblings, as his father Franklin A Mollet, brother to Anna May had passed many years before. Frank and I have some very fond memories of Aunt Anna May, going for lunches together when she and Uncle Paul visited Swedesboro. Her generous nature and care and concern for Frank's mother Betty Mollet were always appreciated. She truly was the Matriarch of the Mollet family.

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As a toddler.

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1953, in the US Air Force Reserve. (She went up in the plane but they didn't actually make her jump out and use that parachute; it was for a recruiting photo!)

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With Paul at their house on Colonial Avenue in Pitman.

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With Paul in Montana.

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With her children and grandchildren at Skytop in 2007.

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As a toddler.

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1953, in the US Air Force Reserve. (She went up in the plane but they didn't actually make her jump out and use that parachute; it was for a recruiting photo!)

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With Paul at their house on Colonial Avenue in Pitman.

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With Paul in Montana.

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With her children and grandchildren at Skytop in 2007.

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