Obituary: Ann D. Snyder, 88, of Lansing
Fond memories and a strong connection to the community was reason for generous support for Hartland graduate.
Born Sept. 7, 1923 to Donald and Florence (Baker) Dearing, Snyder grew up during a time when Hartland was growing, changing and advancing in many ways. Her mother, a Hartland librarian for 26 years, is known for her efforts of documenting the lives of rural farm and cultural life in the Hartland area, according to the Hartland Area Historical Society.
Nadine Cloutier, the editor of Community Life and Enrichment Coordinator for Commmunity Education, had the opportunity to meet Snyder and her family during renovations for the Florence B. Dearing museum. Cloutier says that growing up, Snyder lived at Waldenwoods and despite feeling isolated at times from the other town kids, enjoyed her time in Hartland.
“She did relish in all the things that Mr. Crouse brought to Hartland,” Cloutier said. “Being able to take cello lessons at the Music Hall and just all the things that were happening in that era. …She said it was just a very special time to reflect back on.”
Sndyer was also involved in the re-opening of the Florence B. Dearing museum, which took place this past summer. It was a legacy her mother began in the basement of what is now the main branch of the Cromaine District Library in 1958. The museum was re-named for Snyder's mother in 1972.
“Her (Snyder's) daughter said to me they were very pleased that the museum was being taken care of,” Cloutier said. “And that we were continuing on the legacy her mom (Dearing) had started.”
A display dedicated to Dearing, which includes some pieces of personal memorabilia, were donated to the museum by Snyder. The family has also, according to Cloutier, been very generous supporters, giving contributions that help keep renovation projects going.
According to her obituary, Snyder graduated with a degree in Home Economics from Michigan State University and was a long-time volunteer for the Sparrow Hospital Auxiliary where she received a pin for 45-years of service last spring.
She was also a sports fan who enjoyed the Spartans and Tigers and was active in many fundraising efforts. Hartland, however, seemed to hold a special place in Snyer’s heart, according to Cloutier.
“I think she had very fond memories of Hartland,” Cloutier said. “And that’s why she continued that connection and stayed in touch with all the things happening with the museum. That was her touchstone back.”
“She will be missed,” she said.