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Robert J. Snyder, 83, of Erie, former longtime resident of New Castle, passed away the morning of Monday, April 17, 2017, at UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie.
Mr. Snyder was born on Nov. 17, 1933, in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, a son of the late Anthony L. and Elizabeth C. Ruschton Snyder.
Bob graduated from Divine Word Seminary in Girard, Pennsylvania, and then entered the Society of the Divine Word in Techny, Illinois, as a seminarian. He matriculated to DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, earning a bachelor's degree in music and social work, and later graduated from Marywood College in Scranton, Pennsylvania, with his master's in social work.
Bob was the music teacher and chorus director at St. Teresa of Avila Parochial School in Pittsburgh for several years. He then began his career in social work in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, and continued to work in a similar capacity throughout Western Pennsylvania, including New Castle, Erie and Pittsburgh. Bob ultimately retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 10 years of service.
He was a member of St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in Erie and was a former member of St. Mary's Church in New Castle.
Bob was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Nest 455, New Castle.
An athlete in his own right, Bob was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan.
He devoted his life to family, faith and the Roman Catholic Church. To everyone he met, Bob gave the gifts of love, laughter and music.
Surviving are two daughters, Bernadette S. Catrabone and her husband, Matt, and Erica M. Snyder, all of Erie; a son, Steven P. Snyder of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; four grandchildren, Gabrielle, Matthew, Ava and Gian Joseph; a great-grandson Leo; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by two brothers, William and Thomas Snyder.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 111 W. Falls St., New Castle.
A procession will leave the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Thursday for St. Mary's Church, Mary, Mother of Hope Parish, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. by the Rev. Frank A. Almade, pastor.
Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, New Castle.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.
Published on April 17, 2017
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