Clara M. Snyder, age 92, of 105 Protection Ave., passed away peacefully on Friday morning, Aug. 16, 2013, in Valley Health Services, Herkimer.
She was born on March 2, 1921, in Huntington, Quebec, Canada, daughter of the late Oliver and Betsy Hart Hurteau. She came to this country when she was six years old. A lifelong area resident, she was raised and educated in Saint Francis de Sales Regional Catholic School and Herkimer public schools. On April 4, 1941, she was united in marriage with Orville E. Snyder in Ilion. They shared a loving and devoted union of 47 years until Mr. Snyder preceded her in death on April 10, 1988.
After Clara was married she lived in Ilion and later in Richfield Springs. In 1993, she sold her home in Richfield Springs and moved to Herkimer, where she has resided since. Mrs. Snyder had a strong faith in God and was a member of Saints Anthony and Joseph Catholic Church. At one time, she was also a member of the Richfield Springs Senior Citizens Group.
To all who knew Clara, she was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who was always there for them. She will be greatly missed.
Surviving are her son, Walter L. Snyder, of Liverpool; four grandchildren, Scott, Amanda, Christian and Ryan; eight great-grandchildren; her daughter-in-law, Barbara Snyder, of Marsellus; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents and husband, Orville, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Stacey Snyder, and three brothers, Emil, Ernest and Roy Hurteau.
Calling hours for Mrs. Snyder will be on Thursday morning from 8:30 until 9:30 a.m. in Fenner Funeral Home, Inc., 115 Court St., Herkimer. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. in Saint Francis de Sales Church, Herkimer, with the Very Reverend Mark Cunningham, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in Springfield Center Cemetery, Springfield Center.
Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the Saint Jude's Hospital. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.