Medrith Elaine (Emmons) Snyder

Born: Fri., Oct. 9, 1925
Died: Sat., Oct. 7, 2017

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Oct. 13, 2017
Location: Lydick United Methodist


3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Oct. 13, 2017
Location: N. William St. Location

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 Medrith Elaine Snyder

Oct. 9, 1925 - Oct. 7, 2017

SOUTH BEND - Medrith went to be with the love of her life, Ralph Snyder, her husband, her parents, Grace and William Emmons, daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Wayne Whipple, grandson, Dominique Geirnaert, and brother, Keith Emmons (Kathryn). She died peacefully at age 91 at Memorial Hospital two days before her 92nd birthday. She was a devoted wife, wonderful mother and grandmother who loved her family very much. No one could ask for anyone better.

She is survived by her children, Ronald Snyder (Jackie), Pamela Geirnaert (Joseph deceased), Douglas Snyder (Cynthia); grandchildren, Dale Whipple, Penny Ashbaugh (James), Robert Snyder, Richard Snyder (Tammy), Robbyn Snyder, Tina Geirnaert, Brian Geirnaert, Shannon Snyder, Scott Snyder (Paige), Ryan Snyder (Jennifer), Greg Eldred, and Dana Eldred; great-grandchildren, James and Heather Ashbaugh, Amy and Trey Ward, Xavior Whipple, Aryn and Lauryn Snyder, Nick Snyder, Phillip and Elaina Geirnaert, Hannah Benson, Brodie and Avery Snyder, Zachary Snyder and Leo Eldred; great-great-grandchildren, Briella Geirnaert and Elijah Snyder; and nephew, Kenneth Emmons (Kim).

She was born at home in Leiters Ford, IN, and moved into the Schmidt home and helped raise five of ten children to help out with family expenses. They all became her second family. She graduated from Aubbeenaubbee High School in Leiters Ford. She married Ralph in 1942 for 56 years and followed her husband in the service. She lived in Florida, Texas, Chicago, Culver, and finally in South Bend.

She was a Sunday School teacher and Scout leader. She worked at the former Robertson's Department Store for 25 years and later at Lydick Pre-School. She played the organ, painted ceramics, knitted many afghans, traveled to every state except Hawaii, and traveled overseas. Medrith belonged to Order of Eastern Star for 66 years. She always wanted a lap dog to love. She gave her life to the Lord and was giving to the end as a donor.

Funeral services for Medrith will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 13th, at Lydick United Methodist Church, 26510 Edison Rd., South Bend, with Rev. Jung Bum Kim officiating. Committal services and burial will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 3 until 7 p.m. Thursday, October 12th, in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home, 521 N. William St.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Medrith's name may be made to Lydick United Methodist Church, 26510 Edison Rd., South Bend, IN 46628. Family and friends may leave email condolences at

Charitable donations may be made in Medrith's memory to the following organization:

Lydick United Methodist Church

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Horace & Ruthie Brown
   Posted Wed October 11, 2017
We want to send our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Snyder family, and especially to Ron Snyder, her son and a great friend of ours for over 50 years. May she rest in peace.

Jim and Chris Milliken
   Posted Wed October 11, 2017
What a wonderful lady, who did so much for the Lydick church and our community.
She will not be forgotten.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

Jim and Chris Milliken

Elaine Gaulin
   Posted Wed October 11, 2017
Medrith will be fondly remembered by many. She was a beautiful person from the inside out. My heartfelt condolences to the family. Elaine & Norman Gaulin

dennis r. nowicki
   Posted Thu October 12, 2017
Doug and Family, I would like to extend my deepest sympathy. Your great loss places you in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. Bernie always spoke highly about her visits with your mom. This fact and the great class of the Synder Family, tells all what a great lady Medrith was even, if I did not know her. My Deepest Sympathy, Dennis

Eva Horvath
   Posted Thu October 12, 2017
Dear children and grandchildren of Medrith, I met Medrith many years ago while working at Robertson's Dept. Store and we became immediate friends. We remained friends for many years until busy schedules caused us to lose track of one another. I am so saddened by her passing, as I know you all must be. She was a beautiful, kind and caring woman. I think of her every Christmas and Easter as I make her recipe for sugar cookies (the best one I've ever had!) If any of you don't have it and would like to, just email me and I will be glad to send it to you. My deepest sympathy to each of you. I know you all have many wonderful memories to see you through her passing.

Linda Leeser (Petitgoue)
   Posted Sun October 15, 2017
Dear Pam, Ron and Doug, I just heard about your Mom and wanted to tell u how sorry I was to hear of her passing. Our families had a very special relationship through many years since we were all kids. It almost felt like we were related the relationship lasted so many years. Your parents were a wonderful pair who always represented the best part of Lydick and neighborhood fellowship. Those of us who grew up there, Lydick, and the people who lived there, stayed in our hearts forever regardless of were we landed later in life.
Pam, when your Mom, U, Connie and I had lunch several years ago, it was so wonderful. Had not seen your mom in several years and enjoyed spending a few hours with her and you, and will always remember thinking, she had not changed in all those years I had not been in town.
I have not lived in In in years but it will always be home and I will miss all the wonderful souls who have passed on until we meet again. Losing parents always leaves a hole in your heart that can not be replaced by anything else but unfortunately is just part of life. When I saw you last Pam, u told Connie and I your husband was very ill. I saw in your Mom’s obit, that your husband has passed away, and wanted you to know how sorry I was to hear about that, as well!! You have cared for so many through the years, you must already be wearing angel wings. Thinking of the family through your time of sadness. Linda and Paul Leeser

Pam Grove Immel
   Posted Mon October 16, 2017
Dear Ron, Pam and Doug,
I am saddened to hear of your mom’s death. Having lost my mom last year, I know of your grief. Our families were a part of the old Lydick church that will remembered fondly. Spending many youth group parties at your home was such fun. And Pam, remember when we went to church camp?! Remember all of the wonderful times your family had and those memories will sustain you. Your mom and dad were the best!
Pam Grove Immel