Janet Lyons Snyder, 81, died at Hospice of Lancaster after a brief illness on May 14, 2009. Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of Janet F. and Gilbert I. Lyons. She and her husband, Charles V. Snyder, Jr., celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary on March 10.
Janet graduated from J.P. McCaskey High School in 1945 where she participated on champion intramural sports teams. She graduated from Penn State University in 1949, where she was elected the most outstanding coed of the graduating class by 2,000 members of her class. Janet’s college activities included Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, President of Women’s Student Government, All College Cabinet, the Swimming Team, Mortar Board, Thespians, Phi Upsilon Omicron, and Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
After graduation, she worked for Fred Waring at Shawnee-on-Delaware in charge of the nursery school. She returned to Lancaster where she worked for Grant Brandon of the Lancaster Recreation Association. She was a member of the Junior League since 1949. Other volunteer activities included serving as a Board member of the YWCA for six years and President of Lancaster’s Penn State Alumni Club. After marriage, she was an at-home mother to three daughters.
Janet was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Lancaster for 70 years. Since 2001, she arranged the sanctuary flowers for weekly services. She was previously a Trustee and Chairman of the First Presbyterian Nursery School.
Janet was a full-time Realtor for Prudential Homesale Services Group since 1970, originally joining when the company was Slaugh-Blumenstock & Co. She was an avid gardener, and enjoyed playing bridge and remembering friends and relatives with cards for their special occasions.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughters Barbara L. Snyder, Lancaster; Carolyn S. Snyder, Leesburg, VA; and Laura Snyder Ewens, wife of Robert P. Ewens, Tucson, Ariz. She is also survived by a brother, Dr. Gilbert B. Lyons, Lancaster, husband of Elaine Lyons; and three grandsons, Jon F. Ewens and Marc A. Ewens of Tucson and Theodore S. Wohlsen, Lancaster.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Service on Friday, May 29, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 140 E. Orange Street, Lancaster, Pa. 17602. Visitation with the family will be held at the church 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Janet’s memory may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund or the American Cancer Society, 314 Good Drive, Lancaster, Pa. 17603.