Francis L. “Papa” Snyder age 80 of Cross Creek Village Lane Brockway, PA; went to be with his Lord and Savior in the arms of his wife Barb, surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Born on January 9, 1940 in Corsica, PA; he was the son of the late Elvin Laird and Edith L. Bailey Snyder. Fran was a 1958 graduate of the Brockway High School. On August 14, 1965 he married his best friend, Barbara L. Steele and she survives. They enjoyed 54 and a half years of married life. Retired, Fran had been employed at Brockway Glass as a Machinist for 42 years. He also worked for the Morelli family as a School Bus Aid, helping handicap children for 10 years, a job he really enjoyed. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Era from 1958 to 1962, and was a member of Parson-Marnati Post #95 of the American Legion. Fran was a member of the Beechwoods Presbyterian Church where he was a lifetime ruling elder. He also was a member of the church’s choir and cantata, and helped with many of the church dinners. He also was a member of Local 110 and the Brockway Area Kaimanns. He enjoyed working in his garden and cutting his grass. He was an avid Penn State fan, Pittsburgh Steeler, Pirate and Penguins fan. In addition to his wife Barb he is also survived by 2 sons: Michael (Nicole) Snyder and Mark (Victoria) Snyder both of Brockway; 2 brothers: Elvin (Joyce) Snyder also of Brockway and Russell (Dorothy) Snyder of Suitland, MD. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. His greatest joy was spending time with his family , grandchildren and great grandchildren. In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by 2 sisters: Janet Cristini and Violet L. Snyder; a brother-in-law George Cristini and a nephew Brian “Beaker” Cristini. There will be no public visitation. A Memorial Service will be announced at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Beechwoods Presbyterian Church 14 Beechwood Road Falls Creek, PA 15840, the Alzheimer’s Association or the Brockway High School Student loan Fund.
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