KALAMAZOO — Mary Ellen Snyder, age 89, passed away on Saturday morning, Jan. 4, 2014, in Kalamazoo, Mich. She was born on June 20, 1924, in Hopkins, Mich., a daughter of Emil and Lydia (Plogsterd) Runkle.
Mary received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan and she was a loving and dedicated teacher and principal in Jackson Public Schools for 28 years. On July 2, 1944, Mary married the love of her life, Dale S. Snyder, who preceded her in death on Nov. 28, 2010. Mary and Dale moved to Fife Lake after retiring and moved to Kalamazoo in 2005. They were members of First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo.
Mary was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She adored her grandchildren and treasured time with them at the cottage on Fife Lake, treating them to her cinnamon rolls, s’mores and treasure hunts.
Mary was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Dale; her parents; and a brother, Phillip.
She is survived by three children, Laura (Douglas) Brant of Grand Rapids, Thomas (Brenda) Snyder of Fife Lake and Matthew (Marijo) Snyder of Kalamazoo; 11 grandchildren, Kevin (Abby) Snyder, Elizabeth (Cameron) Marshall, Adam Brant, Jesse Snyder, Benjamin (Jill) Snyder, Katherine (Scott) Firman, Nathan, Carl, Brendan, Kristen and Colleen Snyder; three great-grandchildren, Cavin and Keenan Snyder and Elliott Brant; two sisters, Ruth Penn and Elizabeth Horst; a brother, Thomas Runkel; and several nieces and nephews.
In accordance to her wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Fife Lake United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to Fife Lake Area Historical Society or Fife Lake United Methodist Church.
Arrangements were made by Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Westside Chapel, 3926 South 9th Street. Please visit Mary’s personalized webpage at www.langelands.com, 269-343-1508.