Helen B. Snyder
Helen B. Snyder
FLORENCE — Helen Beatrice Barall Snyder passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 17, 2012, in her home at The Lodge at Otter Creek in Middlebury, Vermont.
Helen was born in Hartford, Connecticut, on September 29, 1921, the daughter of Leon and Bertha (Jakira) Barall.
Helen worked tirelessly throughout her life in many endeavors. She raised a family of four children, served in leadership positions for many years with the PTA, worked in the administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, served on the Board of Trustees for Chaffee Art Center, served proudly in the sisterhood of the Rutland Jewish Center, and served on the Board of Directors of the beloved Dismas House of Rutland.
Helen married her companion for life, Murry A. Snyder, on February 17, 1946. Together, they raised a family and made a wonderful life in New York City and Florence, Vermont.
Helen will always be remembered for her radiant smile, beautiful hats and eternally large heart. Throughout her life, all were welcome in her home as equals. To this, there was no exception.
Helen loved to entertain guests and volunteer for her community. She was a constant presence at the Blood Drive in Rutland. She loved to travel, which took her to remote corners of the world. She was a strong supporter of the arts and loved theater, music and fine art with equal devotion.
Helen leaves a legacy that includes life with passion and death with dignity. She was a strong believer in teaching tolerance, that “justice for all” was more than a phrase and that you could think globally but needed to act locally. In spite of these attributes, when asked to explain her reason, she was fond of saying, “Because I’m Your Mother!”
Helen was often referred to as “The Prettiest Girl in Hartford.” In truth, she was the prettiest girl wherever she happened to be at the time.
Helen was predeceased by her husband Murry Snyder, son David Snyder, brother Stan Barall and sisters Lillian Cane and Madeline Bedick.
Helen is survived by her son Andy Snyder of Florence, Vermont, daughter Karen Snyder-Kadish of Norwood, New Jersey, son Adam Snyder of Homewood, Alabama, daughters-in-law, Chris Anderson of Manchester, Vermont, and Sue Buckingham of Homewood, Alabama, and loving grandchildren Ethan Snyder of Brooklyn, New York, Caleb Kadish of Norwood, New Jersey, and Chrissie Wohland of Boston, Massachusetts; and many loving in-laws, nieces and nephews and their extended families.
The family also wishes to thank the staff and residents at the Lodge at Otter Creek, Kathy Laframboise and the angels at Addison Home, Health and Hospice, Jeanni Vargas, Milly Jackson and the staff of M&M Private Care and Doctors Diana Barnard and George Fjeld.
Donations in Helen’s memory may be made to:
Rutland Dismas House
103 Park Avenue
Rutland, VT 05701
A celebration of Helen’s life will be held at a later date. A notice will be provided and all are most welcome to attend.
Arrangements are under the care of Tossing Funeral Home of Rutland.