Sylvia Snyder

September 26, 1923April 30, 2019

Sylvia (Kranseler) Snyder of Peabody passed to Spirit on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at the age of 95 from complications of pneumonia. She was the beloved wife of the late Barney Snyder; devoted mother of Marci Benson of Swampscott and Scott Snyder of West Hollywood, CA; adoring grandmother (Bubbe) of Ryn Spenser Benson and his fiancé Alex Moccia of Beverly; the loving sister of Dr. Melvin Kranseler and his wife Kathy of Palm Desert, CA, the late Arthur Kranseler and the late Esther Forbes; and the dear daughter of the late Jack and Freda (Goldberg) Kranseler. She grew up in Worcester, Dorchester and Chelsea. As a young woman she moved to Boston and in 1959 she moved to West Peabody to raise her family and remained there for the rest of her life.

In her early career she worked as a Doctor’s Assistant but spent the majority of her life as a Temple Religious School Teacher, at Temple Beth Shalom (now Temple Teferet Shalom) in Peabody and as a public school Teacher’s Aide & Computer Lab Instructor in the Peabody school system. She was a long time dedicated member of Temple Beth Shalom and in addition to teaching, she served on multiple Boards, holding various positions including President of Sisterhood and President and one of the founders of the Chai Club. She love being involved with her Temple and organizing many social events right through her 90’s. She was extremely smart, witty, and very well known for her impeccable style & fashion sense. She was always there to help others and brightened the day of those whose company she kept. She loved the Opera, the Symphony, the Ballet, Lilacs, the Red Sox, Reuben sandwiches and playing Gin Rummy and Scrabble, which she especially loved to play with her son, Scott during his summer visits.

She cherished her time spent with friends and family and of course the apple of her eye, her grandson Ryn and loved going to the Ballet, theatre & weekly lunches with her girlfriends. She was greatly respected by her colleagues & students and was described by many as being a wonderful mentor. She lived a long and full life and remained socially active and independent, even continuing to drive her car into her early 90’s. She brought laughter, joy and inspiration into the many lives she left behind, and to the many who passed before her. It was a blessing to have had her with us for so many many years.

A Celebration of Life & Minyan services for Sylvia will be held in June, service information will be posted at a later date.


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Andrea & Anthony Doherty Marino

May 9, 2019

We had the great pleasure of knowing and loving Sylvia. Her joie de vive (joy for life) was contagious. She was a stunningly beautiful woman inside and out. May the Lord hold her in the palm of his hand.

Love to you Marci

Andrea, Tony and GG Marino

Rita Libman

May 7, 2019

When my Uncle Barney married His love Auntie Sylvia , she and I wore the same Wedding Gown . It looked beautiful on her as well . She was an amazing person . Always had a flair for fashion and was a loving aunt to so many nieces and nephews . She always had a smile on her face and stories to tell . She will be missed by her family and friends. RIP Auntie Sylvia

Anne Lee Weiner

May 7, 2019

My good friend Sylvia. We had a most devoted friendship for 22 years, as we shared talking, caring, traveling to England and France and always being available for each other in times of need.

Sylvia, was a beautiful and happy person, who was very welcoming. On my last trip to New Enland, I visited her in the N H and our visit was fun. So glad I had Sylvia as a friend. My love to her and to her family. Anne Lee

Andrea Libman

May 6, 2019

Aunt Sylvia was a fashion statement always dressed beautiful. She was always so kind and really wanted to know how you were, always had a big smile and she will be missed especially by her children

Susan Drew

May 6, 2019

Your mom was the first to hold my daughter, Samantha at our home in Plymouth, celebrating her birth! I'll never forget her serene expression as she held my baby girl. She was a loving, kind woman. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Cousin Susan