When we lose a loved one and we begin planning our funeral or memorial arrangements, having a compassionate and attentive funeral director by our side can make a world of difference.
At DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, our commitment is with each family we serve as we provide a meaningful, personalized, and affordable services geared to specific needs and wishes.
As part of our efforts to deliver value and support, and establish strong relationships with individuals, families and the community, we took time to create a “get to know the funeral director” segment – to offer a more personal aspect of our family business.
As you receive personalized care and attention from DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory’s funeral directors, you’ll understand why four generations of families have entrusted us with their final arrangements.
Today, our staff spotlight goes to Diane Snyder DeBord:
“Life is not supposed to be perfect and it never will be. You cannot control what others do, so be mindful of your own actions, and always strive for honesty and kindness.” – Diane Snyder
1. What is your role at the DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory?
I wear many hats at my job, such as Licensed Funeral Director, mostly working with pre-need planning. I also enjoy at-need arranging of funerals, hair styling, and greeting people as they come into our funeral home or church.
2. How long have you worked as a Funeral Director?
Since I started filling in as the “Secretary for the Summer” in high school. I have served as a Funeral Director for over 35 years.
3. What is your favorite thing about working at DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory?
No day is ever the same. I like the people I work with very much. It is a very pleasant work environment. Mostly, I love serving our families and doing what I can to help them.
4. What made you want to become a funeral director?
I always enjoyed working here; growing up and living above the funeral home gave me a realistic “feel” for the life of a F.D. Plus, my dad and grandpa Snyder were very positive influences on me.
5. What do you do for fun outside of work?
I like to sing, travel, and plan to learn pickle ball. I enjoy being with my 3 grandsons.
6. What is your favorite vacation spot?
I have too many to name here. I Love to travel!
7. What is one thing I recommend someone does/visits when they come to Lancaster?
Visiting Central Market is the first thing that comes to mind. Where else can you find the freshest local produce, etc.?
8. What 3 words would your friends use to describe you?
Positive, sensitive, fun.
9. Before working at DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
Besides a small period of being a bank teller, and a receptionist at a hair salon, I have never worked anywhere else.
10. What is your favorite quote?
“NEVER give up on those you love”.
11. If you could witness an event past, present, or future, what would it be?
The building of the Panama Canal.
12. Do you have a secret talent?
If I do, it is still a secret for me – any talents I have, I try to share.
13. What do you miss the most about being a kid?
Going to Betterton Beach, MD, and swimming in the bay almost all day.
14. What was your favorite show growing up?
15. Do you volunteer anywhere?
I volunteer by singing all the time, but hope to do more as my career slows down.
16. If you could be on any TV game show, which one would it be?
Jeopardy, but only if my son Randy could be hiding somewhere, whispering the answers to me.
17. What was the last thing you heard or saw which made you laugh?
My youngest grandson, Harvey, taking his first step.
18. What’s the one piece of advice you would give to others about life?
Life is not supposed to be perfect and it never will be. You cannot control what others do, so be mindful of your own actions, and always strive for honesty and kindness.
19. Name one item from your bucket list?
I would like to tour America’s National Parks.
20. What is the hardest part of being a funeral director?
When a child or a dear friend dies.
21. What is the most rewarding part about being a funeral director?
Guiding a family through the process of funeral planning and receiving a simple hug from someone when it is over.
22. If you could have one wish granted, what would it be?
To have hatred and terrorism end.
23. What person in your life has had the greatest influence on the person you have become?
My parents, Susie and Kearney Snyder. They are supportive, encouraging, and understanding to me. Also my grandma Snyder – I lost her just before my son Jeremy was born (1981) and it was heartbreaking.
Diane is one of the caring and competent funeral directors at DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, a fourth generation family-owned, community-based funeral home built on high ethics, values, and standards to provide you with the service and support during the trying times of your loss.
To learn more about a traditional or personalized funeral or memorial services in Lancaster, PA please visit: http://www.debordsnyder.com/