Marion Snyder, age 95, passed away on October 31, 2011, at Crest-wood Senior Living’s Sheelin Cottage in Darboy. She was born on September 6, 1916, to Peter and Flora Borenz in Menasha. Marion married William (Bill) Snyder on June 26, 1940, in Menasha, where they resided for many years. In 1963, they moved to New London. Marion was a dynamic woman known for her devotion to family and involvement in her community. She was always “there” for anyone needing help, assistance or encouragement, whether it was a child, grandchild, friend or stranger. She raised nine children and was deeply involved in her grandchildren’s lives, sewing, knitting, cooking and supporting them. They will miss her dearly, and always cherish their memories of Christmas Eve at Grandma’s and her handmade porcelain dolls. Marion was often a trailblazer, becoming the first woman to serve on the New London Police and Fire Commission, succeeding her husband, Bill, after his death and serving from 1980-2004. Her public service throughout the years brought much unsought recognition and included the Athena Award and Good Citizenship Award from the City of New London, the Outstanding Woman of the Year Award from the New London Jaycettes, the Distinguished Service Award from the New London Jaycees and the Theodora Youmans Award from the 7th District Woman’s Clubs. Marion was actively involved in a host of community organizations and boards, including the New London United Way, Wolf River Area Healthcare Foundation, Washington Commons Senior Citizen Center, Board of Directors of the Fox River Area Girl Scout Council, New London Community Hospital Auxiliary, the New London Senior High School Scholarship Committee, managing the New London Community Hospital gift shop, shopping for residents of St. Joseph’s Nursing Home, delivering Meals on Wheels. She was longtime member at the New London Country Club where she continued in her favorite pastime, golfing, until the age of 90. She also attended Packer games regularly until her late 80’s. Church was extremely important to Marion. Her activities included attending Mass daily, serving on the Most Precious Blood Parish Council and Finance Committee, the Green Bay Diocese Vicariate, the Lake Winnebago District Deanery, and in the Most Precious Blood Sodality. She is survived by her children: Barbara (Tom) Lemmer, of Orinda, CA; Jean (Skip) Beisenstein, of Menasha; Nancy (Geary) Wilson, of Appleton; Mary (Marty) Wilson, of Virginia Beach, VA; Jim (Ellen) Snyder, of Appleton; Joan (David) Pearson, of St. Paul, MN; Amie (Dave) Littmann, of Laurel, MD; Jamie (Howard) Fuerst, of Neenah; and her daughter-in-law, Suzi Snyder, of New London. She is further survived by 25 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, her son, Peter, and her brothers, Robert and William Borenz. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. at Most Precious Blood Church, New London with Fr. David Lewis officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery, Menasha. Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established. Marion’s family would like to thank the staff at Sheelin Cottage and Cindy from hospice for their compassion and care.
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