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Melissa Ann Sneath

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On April 24, 2013 @ 3:57 pm In Obituaries | 42 Comments

Melissa Ann Sneath, 33, of Mount Joy, danced into the arms of her heavenly father on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at her home.  Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of Dennis Sneath and Carol Sneath-Zeiders.

She graduated from Warwick High School.

In her spare time Melissa enjoyed shopping and attending Zumba class at the YMCA.  She could be seen Monday evenings at the UDS Service Dog training program.  She also enjoyed attending Hershey Bears Games, going to the beach, the mountains, riding snow mobiles and four-wheeling.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her step-father Vincent; her step-mother, Susan; her grandparents, Pat and Ray Forrest and Nancy Sneath- Horner; her Aunt Cathy Strawser; her uncles, David Forrest, and Brian Sneath.  She was also loved by many cousins.  She will be dearly missed by her service dog Cherie.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 12:00 P.M. at Grace United Methodist Church, 163 W Frederick St., Millersville, PA 17551 with the Reverend John Laughlin officiating.  Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 10:00 A.M.  until the time of the service. Interment in Grace United Methodist Church Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Melissa’s memory may be made to UDS Dog Program at 1901 Olde Homestead Lane, P.O. 10485, Lancaster, PA 17605.

Condolences for the family of “Melissa Ann Sneath”

Condolence from Ed and Janet Heisey on April 25th, 2013 6:11 am

Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very sad time.

Love, Ed and Janet Heisey

Condolence from Heidi Gardner on April 25th, 2013 7:55 am

Thinking of you and wishing you peace and comfort. So sorry to read about Melissa. She had such a beautiful smile and great sense of humor!

Condolence from Carolyn Freeman on April 25th, 2013 8:03 am

All I can remember is the love and support you gave to Melissa for her entire life! She was a lucky girl! And one other thing I do remember is Melissa’s fabulous smile! I am thinking about you and praying for you all! Fondly, Carol Freeman

Condolence from Rochelle on April 25th, 2013 8:09 am

May Melissa Ann Sneath RIP, where there’s Hope, Love and Faith endurers live on sure of better days to come with prayers and many Psalms let His will be done in Heaven and on Earth. Matthew 6:9,10; John 5:28,29; Psalms 37:11

Condolence from Justin, Jennifer, and Julia Bond on April 25th, 2013 8:19 am

Melissa, we know the sun shines brighter now that you are in Heaven. We love you and will miss you!

All Our Love,
Justin, Jennifer, and Julia Bond

Condolence from Natalie Pough on April 25th, 2013 8:58 am

My prayers will continue for the family. Melissa will be missed very much, her contagious smile and her flashy clothes. If there is anything I may do in your time of grief please contact me. I love you Cathy and Carol, and i pray for you and your family.

Condolence from John and Carol Byers on April 25th, 2013 9:09 am

May you all find comfort in God’s promise of Eternal Life. Melissa is free of her wheel chair and she’s dancing in Heaven. Remember that God is the Master Weaver and only He knows when the tapestry is complete!

Condolence from Colin Sellard on April 25th, 2013 9:11 am

I am so sorry to hear about Melissa’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very sad time.
Colin Sellard

Condolence from Jodi Geiter on April 25th, 2013 9:25 am

I am so sorry to hear about Melissa. She was so amazing and yes she had an awsome smile. We had so many good times together. My girls and I will miss her dearly. May God be with you and the family at this sad time.

Condolence from Lois Glessner on April 25th, 2013 9:26 am


Not a doubt in my mind, Melissa is indeed dancing and laughing with the angels! She will live on in the hearts of anyone lucky enough to have known her….you and your family are in my prayers.

Condolence from Stephanie McNelis on April 25th, 2013 9:50 am

Joe and I would like to express our sincere condolences. We are saddened to hear of the passing of sweet Melissa. She was a very special young lady and will be missed by so many people. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Denny and Carol. Just know that your sweet Melissa is in a wonderful place and dancing her way thru heaven.

Condolence from Stephanie McNelis on April 25th, 2013 10:07 am

Joe and I would like to express our sincere condolences. We are saddened to hear of the passing of sweet Melissa. She had such a “catching” smile and will be missed by many people. She was a very special young lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Denny and Carol. Just know that your sweet Melissa is in a very special place!

Condolence from Larry and Sandy Sills on April 25th, 2013 10:08 am

Larry and I would like to offer our condolences to all of you on the passing of Melissa. Larry has fond memories of Melissa.

Melissa may not have been able to speak, but her eyes and smile spoke volumes. It was always a pleasure to see Melissa. Her fashionable clothes and amazing shoe collection topped off the beautiful spirit she possessed.

What impressed me the most was how much Melissa was loved and cherished by you Carol and also Cathy. She was a very special gift from God.

May God comfort all of you at this difficult time and may his peace fill your hearts.

Larry and Sandy Sills

Condolence from Jeannette Drybred Weitzel on April 25th, 2013 10:52 am

I was so saddened to hear of Melissa’s passing. She lead an incredible life filled with love and devoted caring from her family. May you rest easy knowing that she was welcomed to her new life as an angel by Lloyd and Wendy. They are probably riding 4 wheelers together already! My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Love, Jeannette & David

Condolence from kelly on April 25th, 2013 12:16 pm

My condolences to the family for the loss of a life that seemed so vibrant and full. May you take comfort in the fact that we can be reunited with our loved ones again, for we have the hope of God’s promise that “..there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and unrighteous…” Act 24:15

Condolence from Dawn Areford on April 25th, 2013 1:21 pm

Dear Carol and Denny,
I was so saddened to hear about Melissa’s passing. She had such an incrediable smile and joy about her. Carol, you were a wonderful, caring, mother to Melissa. You gave her such unselfish love. Our family has many fond memories of her, which we will cherish. I pray for peace and comfort as you go through this difficult time.
Love, Dawn

Condolence from Kathy Charles Graham on April 25th, 2013 5:10 pm

I was saddened to read of Melissa passing. I had the privilege of caring for and working with her as a toddler at the Schreiber Pediatric Center where I had volunteered for many years. She was a favorite of mine, with a beautiful smile and I could see how smart she was going to be. I enjoyed seeing several articles on her in later years doing so well.
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family.
Kathy Charles Graham

Condolence from Shannon Whitmore Wolpert on April 25th, 2013 7:26 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. I have so many memories of our families spending time together throughout our childhood. And as everyone else has mentioned, Melissa had a very beautiful and memorable smile. My family and I will keep you in our prayers. God bless you and keep you in these difficult times.

Condolence from Donna gant on April 25th, 2013 7:42 pm

My thoughts and prayers go out to you at this very hard time. I know my son Colin was very fond of Melissa.

Condolence from John & Ellen Baumiller on April 26th, 2013 6:22 am

I just saw the e-mail in my office when I got back today. Ellen & I wish to offer our deepest condolences in the loss of your daughter. I know what its like as well and as well as the road you and Melissa traveled together. Know you and the family will be in our prayers in the days to come

John & Ellen Baumiller

Condolence from Rose Slater on April 26th, 2013 9:02 am


So sorry to hear of Melissa’s passing. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, always. God bless you all at this difficult time.


Condolence from The Dale Family on April 26th, 2013 11:58 am

The Dale Family would like to offer our condolences for the loss of Melissa. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
The Dale Family

Condolence from John Palmer on April 26th, 2013 1:26 pm

Denny & Carol,
My condolences.

John Palmer Jr.

Condolence from Maureen Lincoln on April 26th, 2013 4:40 pm

Dear Carol,

I’m so sorry to hear about Melissa’s passing.
I’m sure that all the people that have loved and supported her and your family will continue to suport you as you grieve the loss of your beautiful daughter.
Melissa has touched many people in her short time. Her spirit will live on in each of them and continue to ripple through the universe every time someone mentions her name, remembers her smile and speaks of her incredible life.
You were blessed with her beautiful life, it was only for a short time, but the impact will carry on for a life time.
I’m terribly sorry for the pain you must feel at this time.
Wishing you strength and healing.
Maureen Lincoln (Sarah’s sister)

Condolence from Sherlyn Reinhart Wolf on April 26th, 2013 5:11 pm

Denny, Sue Carol and Husband thoughts and prayers to both your daughter was a very special person Take care

Condolence from Darlene (Dom) Hehnly on April 26th, 2013 7:48 pm

Carol & Family- My thoughts & prayers go out to you & for Melissa. I remember Melissa and her sweet smile from our days at Easter Seals, & have thought of you & her so many times over the past years. She accomplished so much in her lifetime & you must be so very proud of her. At last she is free of her encumbrances & dancing her heart out. Love to you from son Brian, & myself.

Condolence from Lehigh Valley Camaro Club on April 26th, 2013 8:21 pm

We will always remember Melissa’s smile as she showed up in the cardboard Gold Rush Camaro smiling ear to ear. All of us send our thoughts and prayers out to the family. God will guide you through this difficult time.

Condolence from Bob & Sharon Kuntz on April 26th, 2013 8:31 pm

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Sneath & Zeiders families at this difficult time. We will always remember Melissa’s addicting smile at the car shows. She will be watching over you from Heaven as you had watched over her as she became a young woman.

Condolence from Fran Muza & Jean Kuhn on April 26th, 2013 10:19 pm

Dear Carol and family.
Our heart felt symapnthy in the passing of you beloved daughter. Although we only visted with her a few times we always saw how loved she was. We never knew when we fostered Cherie someday she would become a service dog for Melissa. Cherie had a tough life but she came to us for a reason and that reason was Melissa. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Fran & Jean

Condolence from Sarah Holland on April 27th, 2013 8:18 am

Dear Carol and family,
I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. Carol, you and Melissa have been an important part of my support system, especially in the early years of Ian’s life. Melissa was an amazing light, funny, loving and an incredible teacher. You are in my thoughts now and always.

Condolence from Brian Dom on April 27th, 2013 11:28 am

My deepest thoughts and prayers go out to the family of a fellow Easter Seals Alumni. I was so touched to see how her smile and spirit affected so many people. We have all gained a special angel.

Condolence from Chris on April 27th, 2013 5:51 pm

My condolences Carol on Melissa’s passing. You were like sisters around each other and it was fun to watch both of you interact in a very special way. Melissa was blessed to have such a loving and devoted mother and so many friends. Her life wasn’t easy but now she’s free. Rest in peace Melissa.

Condolence from Peggy Rosario on April 27th, 2013 8:07 pm

Carol- I recall how Melissa’s smile would light up a room. She will be missed but her light will carry on in our hearts. With deepest sympathy, I’m holding you in my heart during this difficult time.

Condolence from Barry and Faith Roberts on April 27th, 2013 8:52 pm

We were saddened to read of Melissa’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Condolence from Connie Kirchner on April 28th, 2013 3:49 pm

Carol – I’m so sorry to learn of Melissa’s passing. Please know you’re in our thoughts/prayers. I’m so privileged to have had the little bit of interaction I had w/Melissa thru my years at Sloan’s. It was apparent how much she loved life and anyone could readily see that she had a mother that filled her life with love and joy. She’ll be remembered for her beautiful and infectious smile. Thinking of you with love.

Condolence from Paula Foreman on April 28th, 2013 3:57 pm

Dear Carol and Denny,
We were out of town when we heard about Melissa’s passing. Of course, the three of us were so saddened to hear this news. You were all such good neighbors and Melissa was always an inspiration with her big smile and twinkling eyes. What bravery she also had and all with that big smile and sweetness. We will always remember her as she has truly made an impact in the Lancaster community and in our lives, as well. An angel now … walking, running, dancing, singing, talking with others, and telling jokes, and making friends with everyone !! Carol, I hope we can get together soon. Again, we are so sorry that we were out of town yesterday. If not, we would have been there to celebrate Melissa’s life and to share our condolences with you both.
Love, Paula, Stuart, and Valerie

Condolence from The Bitzer’s – Nick, Betty Lou & Bryan on April 28th, 2013 4:20 pm

Dear Carol,

We were very sad to hear of Melissa’s passing. We knew her as a little girl going to Easter Seals (Bryan was in some of her classes) and she was truly loved by everyone who met her. You were always willing to do what ever it took to do what was best for Melissa’s well being. We will always remember Melissa’s beautiful smile. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.

Condolence from Pia Fenimore, MD on April 28th, 2013 8:13 pm

Despite the fact that we were supposed to be her healers, in many ways Melissa healed us. Her strength, love and warmth will always be remembered.
Thank you for sharing her with us,
Lancaster Pediatric Associates

Condolence from Cindy Stoner on April 29th, 2013 7:57 am

Dear Carol and Denny,
My thoughts and prayers are with you both during this difficult time. Melissa was such a special young lady. She blessed us all with her special smile and sweet personality. Thinking of you.

Condolence from Judy Petrasek on April 29th, 2013 12:06 pm

Dear Carol and Dennis, I was sorry to read of Melissa’s passing. I will always remember her smile,how your family was so positive and supportive, and how you ensured that she lived life to the fullest. As I’ve mentioned to countless people, I may have been her teacher, but I believe I learned the greatest lessons, how to live life and focus on what really matters. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all of those whose life she touched. I hope memories of her will be of great comfort now and as time goes by.

Condolence from Barbara Beakley on April 29th, 2013 12:07 pm

Dear Carol, I was so sad to see of Melissa passing just today on the First UM Church prayer list. Melissa was a beautiful young lady. She enriched my years as a teacher at Price more than words can say. Your dedication to her and your participation in everything school related and beyond was such an encouragement to all of us in the educational setting. God bless you and your family and her beloved pet as you all remember Melissa and her wonderful presence in your life. Sincerely, Barb Beakley, Melissa’s teacher at Price Elementary.

Condolence from Becki Ocker on May 8th, 2013 2:40 am

Dear Carol,
I am so deeply sorry to learn of Melissa’s passing. Your love for her was so evident in every way, as was hers for you. I know what a blessing she was in your life. May your memories help comfort you at this difficult time and help to bring you peace.

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