|Birth: ||Sep. 29, 1936|
|Death: ||Sep. 28, 1998|
Elaine B. (Cole) Snider
Elaine B. (Cole) Snider, 62, of Valparaiso, IN passed away Monday, September 28, 1998 at the VNA Mary Bartz Hospice Center. She was born September 29, 1936 in Valparaiso the daughter of Lyle Newton and Agnes Bernice "Mom Cole" (Barkley) Cole. In 1953 she graduated from Valparaiso High School and is still fondly remembered for her style of drumming with the band. She was co-owner of Mom Cole's Restaurant in Valparaiso, served over 15 years in the Housekeeping Department at Valparaiso University, was a member of First United Methodist Church of Valparaiso and worked in the church nursery. Survivors include eight children and seven grandchildren, Jim (Crystal) Lewis, Carmen and James III of Ottumwa, IA, Ricky (Sue) Lewis, Robert of Daleville, AL, Michael "Mickey" (Debe) Lewis, Michael of Valparaiso, Ronda (Jim) Leib, Stephany of Valparaiso, Debra (Brad) Thompson, Brandan and Brittney of Valparaiso, Jodi Snider, Stephen Snider and Stephanie Snider, all of Valparaiso; three brothers, Blaine of White Bluff, TN, Wayne of Palos Heights, IL, Zane of Valparaiso; four sisters, Lorraine Berg of Valparaiso, Darlaine Lorz of Hobart, Marlaine Gordon of Crown Point, Arlaine Jacobs of Ottumwa, IA, her special friend, Yvonne Hale, her church family, many friends and doctors. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Sharlaine and two brothers, Laine "Flip" and Duane Cole. Funeral services will be held Friday 10:30 A.M. at First Methodist Church, Rev. David Byrum officiating with burial at Kimball Cemetery. Visitation Thursday 2 to 9 p.m. at Moeller Funeral Home, Valparaiso, IN. Memorials may be made to the family to be distributed to Elaine's favorite charities.
[Obituary Source: The Times, Munster, Lake County, Indiana; September 30 and October 1, 1998]
Elaine B. Snider's love touched many children at church.
By SUSAN BERO
VALPARAISO - For many years, Elaine B. Snider's motherly love was a comfort to members of the First United Methodist Church.
The Rev. David Byrum said Mrs. Snider opened her heart to each of the young wards left in her charge at the Valparaiso church's child care center. "Elaine was all about welcoming children," He said, "Children would come to church and not want to be left in the nursery, so Elaine would just hold them on her lap, week after week until they felt comfortable."
"When I think about Elaine Snider, I think about love," the pastor said. Mrs. Snider, 62 of Valparaiso, died Sept. 28 at the Porter County Hospice. "My mom appreciated everything and enjoyed the simple things in life," said Jody Snider.
She liked taking drives to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Watching the deer, small wildlife and even the birds in their natural habitat gave her pleasure, he said.
While battling myriad health problems, his mother found solace in her faith and enjoyed singing religious hymns.
She cherished time spent with her family and the outings shared with her grandchildren.
"I'll never have a better friend. She was pretty special," her son said. Mrs. Snider was a member of First United Methodist Church in Valparaiso and for many years was employed in the church nursery. She is survived by five sons, Jim (Chris) Lewis of Ottumwa, Iowa, Rick (Sue) Lewis of Daleville, Ala., Michael "Mickey" (Debe) Lewis, Jody Snider and Stephen Snider of Valparaiso; three daughters, Ronda (Jim) Leib, Debra (Brad) Thompson and Stephanie Snider all of Valparaiso; seven grandchildren; three brothers and four sisters.
Services were Oct. 1 at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Byrum officiating. Arrangements were handled by the Moeller Funeral Home in Valparaiso.
Interment took place at Kimball Cemetery, Valparaiso.
[Obituary Source: The Times, Munster, Lake County, Indiana; October 16, 1998]
Lyal Newton Cole (1909 - 1955)
Agnes Berniece Barkley Cole (1911 - 1991)
Created by: Steve Shook
Record added: Sep 17, 2008
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