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NAME/ AGE Vera M. Snyder, age 94, of DeKalb, formerly of Maple Park and Elgin, passed away Friday, January 21, 2005 at the DeKalb Area Retirement Center where she had made her home in recent years. BORN She was born June 12, 1910 while her parents, Johnathan and Mary (Linn) Powers, were visiting Chicago. CHILDHOOD Vera grew up in Hinckley where she attended local schools and graduated with the class of 1928. Following graduation, she passed the necessary tests to become a teacher. EDUCATION Vera began teaching the next year at Bell School, a one room school house, while pursuing her education degrees at DeKalb Normal teachers College. She later graduated with a Master’s Degree in 1957. MARRIED Vera was united in marriage to Clinton J. Snyder on her birthday, June 12, 1936, in Plano, IL. They began their new life together in Maple Park, IL. Vera continued to teach while making their house a home. In 1950, the family moved to their new home and mink ranch built by her husband Clinton and Hans Petersen on McDonald Rd. From Ohio Grove, Hipple, Brookside and Excelsior schools, to Lily Lake, Burlington, Plato Center and Elgin, her teaching career spanned forty years and thousands of students. MEMBERSHIP When she wasn’t teaching, Vera worked for the American Veterans of War. She was also a member of the Elgin and National Retired Teacher’s Association, as well as the Illinois and National Education Association. For many years she was a member and organist for the Maple Park Methodist Church. LIFE NOTES Teaching was Vera’s life and was always busy. She loved the outdoors and very much enjoyed the time she spent in the garden. Vera passed out the mail and worked in the gift shop while living at Oak Crest when she wasn’t busy participating in the many activities that were available. Even into her 80’s, Vera participated in the yearly marathon at N.I.U. and even won a medal for the senior division. In later years, while living at Oak Crest, Vera wrote several books of poetry of which she was very proud. SURVIVORS She now leaves her nieces and nephews and a family of friends, especially those at Oak Crest. PRECEDED She now joins her husband Clinton, Three brothers, Vere and William Powers and Frank Anderson,And several nieces and nephews who preceded her in death.MEMORIA LS In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119.
SERVICES A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at Oak Crest, 2944 Green Acres Dr., DeKalb, IL, Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 2 p.m. Rev. Katherine Lawes, pastor of the Community Congregational Church of Elburn, will officiate.
Private family interment will follow at a later date.