Joyce Ann Cramer Snyder

January 26, 1934 ‒ January 18, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Joyce Snyder always looked for the best in others – and always found it! It was part of her “romantic” nature to want every story to have a happy ending, and every person to live out a happy ending.

A chapter has ended happily for Joyce, as she passed peacefully Wednesday, January 18, 2017 in her home surrounded by family. She was 82.

Born January 26, 1934 to parents Cecil Emerson & Florance A. “Ted” (Baer) Cramer in Mansfield, Joyce was graduated from Mansfield Senior High with the class of 1952. It was at a mutual friend’s birthday party that she met a young Bellville man, who quickly became infatuated with her, and on September 2, 1955 she married Thomas Arthur “Art” Snyder.

Initially Joyce worked as an executive secretary at Lumbermans. While living in Colorado Springs she worked with Smartt Realty, and after returning to Mansfield in 1956 accepted a position as an executive secretary at Gorman Rupp. Most people remember Joyce from her 22-year career with Mansfield General Hospital, working for the Director of Nursing and Human Resources departments. She retired from the hospital in 1994.

One of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Joyce was associated with the Mansfield East Congregation.

Joyce was a social creature! She took up bridge clubs while living in Colorado, and continued playing her lifetime. Though she enjoyed the challenge of a good crossword puzzle, she cherished time with friends and family – full of smiles and laughs. She cared for others – often from her kitchen – her ham loaf, sloppy joes and chocolate mayonnaise cake were specialties.

A beautiful woman of faith, she will be remembered for her loving kindness, sense of humor and role as supporter: as an encourager, Joyce engaged in the lost art of hand-written letter writing, lifting spirits with notes and cards. Joyce was a friend to numerous and a best friend to many.

She is survived by her loving husband Thomas “Art” Snyder; daughter Beth Hardcastle of Pace, FL; sons Jerry Snyder of Delaware and Dr. Ted Snyder of Cincinnati; grandson Austin Hardcastle of Nashville, TN; brother Douglas (Carol) Cramer of Elkhart, IN; sister Beverly (Sonny) Samples of Galion; in-laws Paul Snyder of Bellville, Pat (Larry) Hoffman of Colorado Springs, CO, Janet Hope of Bellville, Jim (Pat) Snyder of Bellville, Helen Snyder of Mt. Vernon, Gifta Snyder of Bellville, Madelyn Snyder of Marion and Bill Ritchie of Colorado Springs, CO; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

The Snyder family will receive friends Sunday, January 22, 2017 from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life honoring a Happy Ending for Joyce will be held Monday January 23, 2017 at 11 a.m. Celebrant Jerry Wilson will speak. Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.

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  • Art, Beth, Jerry & Ted: Thank you for the time you spent with me today. It took me back to the countless times out families were together – but for happier occasions. I count it a privilege to help guide an event that is in tribute to Aunt Joyce.
    I will always remember her as a gentle and genteel woman – a classic lady with a fun sense of humor who never took life too seriously.
    It was fun to watch her scrunch her face, let out a little scream or recoil every time my Dad would scare her with a plastic spider, and then she’d start laughing (I’m not saying she liked it – but it was fun to watch).
    I’ll also remember her welcoming personality with a big heart that belied her petite stature.
    She leaves us a tremendous legacy of love. We are a blessed family.

    • That is so beautifully expressed, Tod. She was a lovely, truly lovely woman, inside and out. She always made a point to be interested and caring. All my love to Art, Beth Jerry and Ted. I wish I could hug you.

  • Good Bye to our Beautiful Joyce you will be so terribly missed by all your family my Condolences to Art Beth Ann Jerry Ted and Austin your lives will never be the same as all of our Snyder Parties will never be the same she was a dear sweet lady sorry I am not there for her Celebration of Life I know you will all understand

  • Sending my sympathy to all of you. Joyce was such a beautiful lady and friend, inside and out. I will always remember her smile, kindness and quiet dignity and most recently playing a good game of Bridge with her. Joyce will be missed.

  • I am so very sorry for your great loss. Aunt Joyce was a wonder and beautiful lady, inside and out!
    Praying for peace and comfort.
    Love, Cindi Snyder Anatra

  • She was such a wonderful person. Thanksgiving, the Christmas holidays and other occasions I spent with her were some of the most heart-warimg of my entire life and I will always remember her for them. So thankful I got to meet her.

    • Thanks Leon. You know what an important part of my life you are. I am so glad that you and Mom knew each other and loved each other. You are in our hearts, as she will be forever.

  • To the families, so very sorry for the loss of your loved one, you have our deepest sympathy, many blessings and prayers.

  • Thinking of you,Art, at this time. Joyce was a beautiful lady and the tributes to her reflect her beauty. We are both with you in spirit today. Ginny(Pudge) & Jim(Cutter) Cunningham

  • We have known Joyce since our High School days and she was someone
    very special in our lives.

    Joyce was always a very attractive person with a wonderful personality.

    We feel very lucky to have known Joyce and we are truly sorry about
    her passing.

    Love, Bud and Sandy Anderson