Sharon Kane Snyder, 66, Loysburg, died Thursday evening at UPMC Altoona, after being hospitalized two weeks with pneumonia and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.
She was born in Roaring Spring, daughter of the late Thomas J. and Sara K. (McKnight) Diethrich. She married David E. Snyder on July 12, 1980, at Trinity United Methodist Church of Roaring Spring in a ceremony performed by the Rev. Dr. Tobias F. Henry.
She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Amy E. Snyder of Dillsburg, York County; a son, Adrian M. Snyder and wife, Kristin, of Martinsburg; a sister, Susan K. Diethrich of Martinsburg; five grandchildren: Jasmine and Jocelyn Welty, Paeden Logue and Ella May and Anna Renee Snyder.
Sharon was a 1965 graduate of Central High School and started her career as a news writer the same year at the Morrison Cove Herald, where she met her future husband, who started working at the Herald in 1968. She left the Herald office while her children were preschool age but returned to the newsroom in the late 1980s and continued until resigning in 2011. She then worked as church secretary at Trinity United Methodist, where she had been a member before her marriage.
She was an active member and former Sunday school teacher of St. John’s Reformed Church of Loysburg. She enjoyed participating in the Women’s Guild and all church functions.
She and her husband were active for a number of years with the Fresh Air Fund, hosting New York City children in the summer and escorting the buses that brought them to Morrisons Cove.
She was a member and former president of the Nason Hospital Auxiliary.
She was active with parents and faculty at Northern Bedford Elementary School for the fundraising and construction of Panther Paradise Playground, and more recently, the renovations to the playground.
She enjoyed reading, sewing, baking, board games, walking outdoors, bird watching, and caring for her family and pets.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in St. John’s Reformed Church of Loysburg, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday by the Rev. Dr. David Meckley.
Contributions in Sharon’s memory may be given to the Martinsburg Community Library, 201 S. Walnut St., Martinsburg, PA 16662; or St. John’s Reformed Church, 1698 Woodbury Pike, Loysburg, PA 16659.
Arrangements are by Todd T. Thompson Funeral Home Inc., Roaring Spring.