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Joe Snyder, first Secretary-Manager of the Ontario Holstein Branch passes away
March 21, 2013

Snyder, Joseph G. “Joe” ~ Peacefully on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at Freeport Health Centre of Grand River Hospital at the age of 84 years, formerly of Elmira. Joe was the much loved husband of Beatrice (Martin) Snyder for 60 years.

JoeSnyderDear father of Graham and Lu Ann of Waterloo, Jennifer and Ed Gleeson of Fergus, Dianne Snyder of Fergus, Jeff and Jacky of Elmira, Joy Brown of Oakville, Pamela and Ian Wass of Fergus. Lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Jeremy “Jake” (Dawn) Snyder, Erika Snyder (Chris Quip), Elizabeth Gleeson (Rob Marshall), Alex Gleeson, Emily Bosomworth (Courtney Smith), Jordan Bosomworth, Blaire and Nicole Snyder, Mackenzie and Paisley Wass, and great-grandsons Reed and Drew Snyder.

Brother of Roy Snyder of Waterloo, Erma Horst of Cambridge, and brother-in-law of Mabel Sauder of St. Jacobs. Joe will be missed by his many nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by his parents Edwin and Leah (Gingrich) Snyder, brothers Cleason, Nelson, Orville, sister Minerva, two siblings in infancy, and grandson Dan Snyder.

Joe was employed with Waterloo Cattle Breeders and the Holstein Association of Canada for many years. In 2006, he was inducted into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame and the Waterloo County Hall of Fame for his contributions to the Dairy Industry. Joe served on many committees at the Elmira Mennonite Church and was active on conference committees.

The family will receive their relatives and friends at the Dreisinger Funeral Home, Elmira on Friday, March 22, 2013 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A memorial service to celebrate Joe’s life and faith will be held at Elmira Mennonite Church on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Fred Lichti officiating. In Joe’s memory, donations to Mennonite Central Committee or Habitat for Humanity would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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