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Lillian Estelle Snyder
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Birth: Sep. 30, 1908
Lavelle
Schuylkill County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jun. 7, 2001
Cornwall
Lebanon County
Pennsylvania, USA

Lillian Estelle Snyder, the daughter of John Hartranft Snyder and Minnie Rebecka (Strohecker) Snyder, was born in Lavelle, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

Lillian's father, John H. Snyder, was a respected county and business leader, and was one of the co-founders of the Lavelle Telephone and Telegraph Company, which was incorporated in 1908. John H. Snyder was responsible for installing the first telephone lines in the Lavelle Valley, as well as in rural areas south of Ashland, Pennsylvania. During the firm's early days, its main communications center was based at the Snyder family home on Main Street in Lavelle. As a chief stockholder and secretary of the company, John H. Snyder oversaw the firm's expansion which connected the Lavelle center with Bell Telephone Company's Ashland facility. After 47 years of transmission, full control of the firm was transferred to Bell Telephone of Pennsylvania in 1956.

In addition to John's involvement with the Lavelle Telephone and Telegraph Company, Minnie, John, and their oldest children also operated a dry goods store from the ground floor of the Snyder family home in Lavelle, which was located directly across from the Lavelle School.

Following her attendance in the local schools, Lillian headed for nursing school. A graduate of the Reading Hospital's School of Nursing, she served as a member of the nursing faculty there until she relocated to Boston, Massachusetts. While in Boston, she resided with her older sister, Catharine Rebecka Snyder, on Autumn Street, which was close to Peter Bent Brigham Hospital where Lillian was working as a nurse.

She returned home to Lavelle to care for her aging and ill mother, living first at the Snyder family home in Lavelle and then in Allentown with her sister, H. Corrine Snyder, and their mother, Minnie. While in Allentown, Lillian E. Snyder was appointed to the nursing faculty at the Allentown Hospital School of Nursing.

During this time, their sister, Catharine, was living in Lancaster, Pennsylvania after being widowed by her husband, Charles F. Courtney.

Careers eventually took both Lillian and Corrine to Baltimore, Maryland, where they remained until Lillian's retirement from her position as a nurse in the blood bank at Merck.

The three sisters, when retired, moved in together in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where they volunteered for various non-profits, including serving as docents for President James Buchanan's home, Wheatland.

Family members referred to them collectively as "The Girls" throughout their lives and, while they were living in Lancaster, as "The Lancaster Aunts."

Lillian E. Snyder passed away in Cornwall, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, and is interred at the Columbarium at the Charles Evans Cemetery in Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania with her sisters, H. Corrine Snyder and Catharine Rebecka (Snyder) Courtney, and Catharine's husband, Charles F. Courtney.

Lillian Snyder's grandfather was Civil War veteran, Timothy M. Snyder. Lillian's Aunt Lillie (Lillie May Snyder, sister of John Hartranft Snyder) was also a nurse in the Reading, Pennsylvania area.

An application in the 1940s made to the Sons of the American Revolution by Lillian's brother, John Sylvester Snyder, attests to the family's relationship to Revolutionary War veteran, Johann (John) Nicholas Schneider.

 
 
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 Parents:
  John Hartranft Snyder (1873 - 1944)
  Minnie Rebecka Strohecker Snyder (1872 - 1952)
 
 Siblings:
  Timothy P Snyder (1898 - 1913)*
  Nona M Snyder Albert (1900 - 1987)*
  H. Corrine Snyder (1901 - 1988)*
  John Sylvester Snyder (1904 - 1969)*
  Catharine Rebecka Snyder Courtney (1906 - 1995)*
  Lillian Estelle Snyder (1908 - 2001)
  Chester Hartranft Snyder (1910 - 1983)*
  Willard Emery Snyder (1917 - 1972)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
COURTNEY
1900 CHARLES F 1950
1906 CATHARINE S 1995

SNYDER
1901 H. CORRINE 1998
1908 LILLIAN E. 2001
 
Note: Lillian E. Snyder is interred in the same columbarium niche with her sisters, H. Corrine Snyder and Catharine Snyder ("Kit") Courtney, and Kit's husband, Charles F. Courtney.
 
Burial:
Charles Evans Cemetery
Reading
Berks County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Columbarium
 
Created by: lesnyder1
Record added: Mar 04, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 66479824
Lillian Estelle Snyder
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Lillian Estelle Snyder
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Lillian Estelle Snyder
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You were fun and full of life, Aunt Lillian. You are missed more than mere words can say.
- lesnyder1
 Added: Nov. 21, 2013
 
 
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