Joyce Johnson Snyder

February 25, 1934March 25, 2021

Joyce J Snyder passed away peacefully at the age of 87 on March 25, 2021 at St. Ann’s Cherry Ridge in Webster, New York.

Joyce was born in Sulphur, Louisiana to John Dudley and Elma ¨Little Bit” Johnson. She spent her early years on Pecan Street; exploring, climbing trees, riding horses, fishing, crabbing, and swimming in Moss Lake. She graduated from Sulphur High School and Louisiana State University. She was always fiercely proud of her Cajun heritage.

She met her husband Edwyn (Fritz) on a blind date in Lake Charles, LA. The Air Force took them up North and they started growing their family. There were numerous ports of call before they dropped anchor in Western NY, eventually purchasing an old farmhouse in Churchville. She and Fritz retired back to her childhood home in Sulphur, where she once again spent her days exploring, crabbing and fishing. She was a passionate and faithful member of many parishes, most especially Prompt Succor in Sulphur and St. Christopher's Church in North Chili.

The water always called out to Joyce, and she followed adventure from the shores of the Choupique Bayou to the towpath of the Erie Canal, even living on a Houseboat, ¨The PartnerShip¨ for many years. Along the way her passions included work as a teacher, lay minister, counselor, gardener, inventor, student, woodworker and entertainer.

She navigated life with a twinkle in her eye, and she left an indelible impression on all those she met. She worked like a captain and played like a pirate! Joyce is reunited in heaven with her parents, sister Frankie, daughter Mary Frances and son Danny. She leaves behind her loving husband of 63 years, Fritz; children Laurie (Matt Elliston) Snyder, Mike Snyder, Sally (Dennis) Bacchetta, Holly (John) Swantek, and Jennifer (Sean) Kerr along with many grandchildren, great grandchildren, dear friend Mary Abbazia, and extended Cajun family with whom she shared her adventures.

A graveside service will be held at Mimosa Pines in Sulphur, Louisiana with arrangements being made through Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association in her memory (

While we mourn her loss, we celebrate her spirited voyage and the many lives she touched. May you have fair winds and following seas. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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barbara branzovich

April 5, 2021

A tiny earthen vessel brimming over with heavenly contents...and at the same time, a bit of mischief. Always the smile, the laugh, the questions! You were ever up for adventures, and how glad I am to have been included in some of them. To be sure, Joyce, as in your beloved song, "Dixie," old times HERE will not be forgotten.

Fritz, "Kids," we were all blessed by her love, and we created so many great memories together. May that love and those memories sustain us until we are all reunited with her to make new ones.
Love to all of you,

Gretchen Dent

April 3, 2021

So sorry to hear of your loss. The world has lost a one of a kind, wonderful lady. So many great memories- as a neighbor and a friend , and St. Christopher’s .

Of course the house on bromley - cleaning it up, moving with all their friends helping - we shared so many laughs and so many smiles. We were so glad to be able to help when she was so ill and dealing with a new baby.

She even smiled and joked through her Alzheimer’s.

Above all, what a generous, giving, loving and faith filled woman. I am gifted to have shared in her life and will carry her love of life, her laughter and her smile with me for the rest of my life. My heart and prayers go out to all of you.

Sending hugs, Gretchen

Julie Bushnell

April 3, 2021

When I think of Joyce, I immediately think of laughter; sometimes so much laughter that it was impossible to stop. I love thinking back over the many good times and get togethers and am so glad my path was able to cross with this wonderful woman and her family. Joyce was indeed one in a million--full of fun, wit, compassion, dedication to whatever was on her plate at the time, and so very, very accepting of all. I will always carry her and her love in my heart.
Sending sympathy and love to Fritz and "kids."
Julie Bushnell (Peanut)

Nancy Johnson

April 3, 2021

Unfortunately I had not seen Joyce in a number of years but loved the cousins reunion we use to have. There use to be 8 of us but now it is down to 4. I always enjoyed being around Joyce and was sorry I didn't get to see her more. She will be missed by all her friends and family. My thoughts are with her family at this sad time. Try to remember the good times.
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Charlene Landen

April 2, 2021

To Holly and Fritz and the family- my deepest sympathies on the passing of Joyce.

I have the most wonderful memory of cruising down the Erie Canal with Joyce and Fritz. It was a wonderful day with two amazing hosts. Joyce was so nice, genuine and so welcoming. It’s been many years since that trip but I will never forget it.

I can only imagine your sadness. I hope that your lifetime of beautiful memories fill your hearts.

With my heartfelt condolences - Char

Dawn and Dan House

April 2, 2021

“Chumbly” was one of my favorite people. I regret not being able to get together in these later years more often. . We have so many wonderful memories that we shall cherish as we “grew up” in Chili. From our Bloody Mary reviews of Sunday sermons to our canal trips. With love and peace to Fritz and the family.

Dot (Zierle) Morgan

April 2, 2021

I think of your Mom quite fondly. She had the most beautiful smile. Her eyes always had an amazing glimmer and her face always showed a joy that absolutely lit up a room. She loved and cared for all of us as if we were one of y’all! I am so lucky to have known her. She will shine on forever in memories and in each of the hearts of those who had the pleasure of knowing her. My deepest condolences to all of you. Y’all are in my thoughts and prayers. I send my love to you, especially your Dad, who is also an incredible character! I wish peace for each of you. 💐💕

Melissa Ierlan

April 2, 2021

Mrs. Snyder, I remember the house on the corner of Evergreen Dr. where you lived. There was a tree house in the back yard and despite having a large family that kept you busy, you welcomed all the kids in the neighborhood. Even this brat!
The last time I saw you was at your garage sale in Churchville at which I bought an old wooden top of a telephone pole with the pegs for the insulators. I still have that in my house and think of you every time I look at it. You were such a kind and loving soul. Rest in peace

Jose Escajeda

April 2, 2021

I remember Joyce as being the nicest girl in pigtails and bangs. A long time ago but I still think about her as being the nicest girl I ever met. Mostly I remember her for being the first person that ever said a kind word to this ugly orphan.
Joe Escajeda