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Father Frederick N. Snyder
Father Snyder's body will lie in repose at Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Wednesday, January 4th from 2 until 6:15 pm
Father Frederick N. Snyder, age 90, of Assumption, Ohio, entered into eternal life, Sunday morning, January 1, 2017 at the Ursuline Care Center and Retirement Home. He was born November 1, 1926 in Assumption to Joseph Sr. and Barbara (Mossing) Snyder.
Father Snyder's most special day in his life was his ordination into the priesthood over 64 years ago on June 7, 1952. Since then, he devoted his life offering the Mass daily and administering the Sacraments.
Following his ordination, he was assigned to the missionary dioceses in Nebraska, serving as an Assistant Pastor at St. Mary's Cathedral at Grand Island for 10 months, St. Patrick's in Sidney for 14 months and Holy Rosary Parish in Alliance from 1956-1959. In 1965, he was appointed Pastor at Immaculate Conception in Rushville, Nebraska, where he served 2 years. On April 8, 1967, he was appointed Pastor of St. Anselm's Parish in Anselmo and St. Paul's Mission in Merna, Nebraska. In May of 1978, he was appointed state chaplain for the Knights of Columbus in Nebraska, and was appointed Pastor of Holy Cross Church in Bassett, Nebraska on June 30, 1979, with residence in Long Pine.
On July 1, 1987, Father Snyder was appointed Pastor at St. Francis Church in Ashton, Nebraska and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Choynice, where he also worked with the Marriage Encounter program for 20 years, and served two years on the National Board.
In 1997, Father Snyder retired from active ministry and returned home where he was granted Senior status and in residence at Holy Trinity in Assumption. In his spare time, Father Snyder enjoyed making crafts and watching sports.
Father Snyder is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lloyd Snyder, James Snyder, Aloysius Snyder, Donald Snyder and Joseph Snyder, Jr.; and his sisters, Mary Theresa Pierce, Betty Lambert, Gertrude Miller, Helen Hildreth, Angela Bodi, Viola Dierkens and Patricia Bronson.
Father Snyder's body will be received at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Assumption at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 4th and will lie in repose from 2:00 until 6:15 p.m. The Rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. His body will lie in repose from 9:00 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. in the church on Thursday, January 5th, where a Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. with the Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas presiding. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Assumption.
Memorial contributions in honor and memory of Father Snyder may be made to Holy Trinity Catholic Church or Holy Trinity School, 2649 US 20, Swanton, OH 43558.
Residence: Assumption, Ohio
Rosary Service: 6:30 pm Wednesday, January 4th
Mass of Resurrection: Thursday, January 5th at 10:30 am at Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Interment: St. Mary's Cemetery in Assumption
Fr. Fritz was our first parish pastor at Holy Cross in Bassett but our relationship deepened after making our Marriage Encounter Weekend. He became our close friend as we presented Marriage Encounter Weekends with him and served in leadership. Our time with him was filled with laughter and love. His faith was a model for all of us. Fr. Fritz witnessed the marriage of our oldest daughter. He was truly part of our family and we loved him dearly. We cherish the many memories that we carry in our hearts. The Lord has received a faithful servant.
Bruce and Veta Hungerfor Jan 5 2017 12:00 AM
Fr 'Fritz' became our dear friend when we began presenting marriage encounter weekends with him in the early 80's. We have shared a lot of laughs together and we loved him dearly. He even came out of retirement to marry our oldest son. I am sure God has welcomed him with open arms. We will miss him, but our memories will last forever.
Mike and Shirley O'Brien Jan 4 2017 12:00 AM
Father Snyder was a dear friend of our family since the 1960's when he was Pastor of Immaculate Conception in Rushville, Nebraska. He corresponded with my mother for many years after he was reassigned, and always offered prayers for our families. We pray that he was welcomed into the heavenly kingdom with open arms. May you all feel God's comfort and peace.
Tony Hindman Jan 3 2017 12:00 AM
FR. Snyder and I use to chat at Toledo Clinic. I worked there and have since retired. My family has roots in Assumption. My father'said first name is Lloyd. We never could fine any direct connection. My grandfather was Mathias Snyder. Father was always so pleasant. I enjoyed our chats.
Lynnice Snyder O'Hair Jan 3 2017 12:00 AM
To Father Fritz: Gone to be with a long line of family members who have been awaiting your arrival. A man who will be missed by so many countless people who he has touched, some in small ways, and some in life-changing ways. To all of our family members: Remember each and every hug and kiss received from a man who was famous for his words of kindness, his deep faith in religion, and in all people, and his ability to bring an entire room together just by being in the room. I have not thought of him or talked about him every day, but there have been many, many days when a part of his life has shown up in mine, and I may relate a story or thought that will bring up his name, always with a smile on my face. And happily I can say that my children feel the same because of all of his past interaction with our family. I know I am not alone in my feelings for him. He shared so much love with us that I feel we should share it with all of our friends and family, as he would want us to. A wonderful tribute of love from a wonderful man. We know why God chose him to be his messenger. Let us all remember his message! Love to all !! Mary
Mary & Bruce Smith Jan 3 2017 12:00 AM
Father Snyder is an inspiration to all of us. How fortunate we are to have been blessed by his priesthood. He comes from a wonderful family. He always said: "Saints on Earth are Saints in Heaven." We have another Saint in Heaven.
John Shiffler Jan 3 2017 12:00 AM
Mary Smith and Tim Lambert, we are so sorry to hear of your uncle's passing. We hope your special memories will bring you comfort.
Barb & Charlie Guess Jan 2 2017 12:00 AM