|Birth: ||May 31, 2009|
|Death: ||Jan. 26, 2011|
On May 31, 2009, the biggest bundle of joy was gifted to our family when Emmett Paul Snyders was born. Only nineteen short months later, following a courageous battle with neuroblastoma, he was released from our earthly arms into his Heavenly Father's on January 26, 2011. Emmett was an absolute joy every moment of every day and we consider it the highest privilege to have been his family. Throughout treatment on both good and bad days, Emmett bore a smile- sometimes so infectious that it was impossible for all around not to join him.
Emmett was baptized along with his daddy on April 11, 2010, at Peace Lutheran Church. Even though his vocabulary was limited to a few words, he understood the love of Jesus. This was evident when he was asked, "Emmett, where's Jesus?", and he would clap his hand over his heart and beam with a smile. Watching the Gaithers sing praise and worship songs would consume hours of his time. He would mimic them by holding his mouth open wide, merely a preparation for singing with Great-Grandpa B and Great-Grandma Schutte in the Heavenly choir.
Although his list of accolades is not long, we believe Emmett had more purpose in his life than some adults dare to dream of. His beautiful face and smile touched all who met him, and he taught our family how to love more deeply and face each day with courage and a selfless attitude.
Emmett is survived by his mom and dad, Brian and Maren; two brothers, Andrew and Luke; and two sisters, Madeline and Katie Moore(Mike), all of Coeur d'Alene. He is also survived by grandparents, Tony and Juanita Burgemeister (American Falls); great-grandmother Erna Burgemeister (American Falls); aunts and uncles, Sandy and Ed Smith (Boise), Larry Snyders and Debra Robinson (Boise), Pam and Calvin Barnhill (Yuba City, CA), Kevin Burgemeister (American Falls), and Jeff and Dennise Burgemeister(American Falls). Emmett was an uncle to nephew, Cory Moore (Coeur d'Alene). Also included are many cousins from both families.
In memory of Emmett, donations can be made to Jackson's Pay It Forward Foundation (3527 Eighth St. C, Lewiston, ID 83501), an Idaho organization helping children and families fighting neuroblastoma, or NW Cancer Support (10261 Pines Rd, Hayden Lake, ID 83835), also supporting local patients with all cancers.
A funeral to celebrate Emmett's life will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, January 31, 2011, at Lake City Community Church, 6000 N. Ramsey Rd., Coeur d'Alene. All are welcome. Yates Funeral Home, Coeur d'Alene, is in care of the arrangements.
You may visit Emmett's memorial and sign his online guestbook at http://www.yatesfuneralhomes.com/.
Maintained by: Natalie Langford
Originally Created by: Michael Young
Record added: Sep 02, 2011
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Little Emmie...you will never be forgotten, sweet boy!|
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