Betty-Jo Snyder

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Betty-Jo Snyder, age 75 of New Hampton, IA passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family and close friends on Friday, October 9, 2015. Betty-Jo Walsh was born on March 31, 1940 to Martin and Anna (McGinty) Walsh in Omaha, Nebraska. She attended and graduated from St. Cecelia’s School in Omaha. Upon graduating she earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Duchesne College of the Sacred Heart in Omaha. On June 12, 1965 Betty-Jo was united in marriage to Dick Snyder in Omaha. In 1972, the couple made their home in New Hampton where they raised their three children, Sheila, John and Molly. Betty-Jo was an active member in the school district volunteering and as a member of the New Hampton School Board. It was in 1982, when Betty-Jo began teaching at St. Joseph’s Community School. She played an instrumental role in the development of Sunrise Preschool and taught in the program until her retirement in 2000. Betty-Jo was an active member of the Hospital Auxiliary and Friends of Mercy Hospital, Northeast Iowa Food Pantry and Holy Family Parish. She always shared her belief in faith, family, friends and fun with those she met. Those left to cherish Betty-Jo’s memory are her children, Sheila (Dan) Soltow of Las Vegas, NV, John (Deb) Snyder of Grand Haven, MI and Molly (Rick) Tamayo of Davenport, IA; her three step-grandsons; one brother-in-law, Wayne Snyder of Phoenix, AZ; nieces and nephews and numerous close friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Dick in 2011; her siblings, Mary Clare Brandt and, James and Dick Walsh; as well as her father and mother-in-law, Lloyd and Gerry Snyder.

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  1. Sheila, John and Molly, so sorry for your loss Betty was a wonderful woman. Thoughts and prayers with you all.
    Richard, Sharon Zeien and Boys

  2. So sorry to hear of Betty Jo’s passing. I owe her a debt of gratitude for the wonderful preschool education she gave my children. What a wonderful person she was! Rest in peace, sweet teacher.

  3. We are so sorry for your loss; your mother was a wonderful woman. May she rest in peace!!
    Julie & Jim Eckenrod

  4. Betty Jo was a true friend and will be missed by many. Our prayers are for her and with the family. Jim and Mary Kay Carr.

  5. I am so sorry to hear about Betty. I am so glad you were all recently able to spend time with her exploring Ireland. She said she had an amazing time. Cherish all the memories

  6. John, Sheila, Molly & families, My deepest sympathy to you. Betty Jo was the sweetest lady. My thoughts & prayers to all of you.


  8. Regards to all of Betty Jo’s family on the loss of such a special woman. She was smart, witty, and caring. I will miss our conversations.

  9. Sheila, John, & Molly, Our sympathy and prayers to you and your families. Your mother was a wonderful woman and a true asset to the community. She will be missed by many. “The Schwickerath’s–Merle & Karen, Shawn, Patty, & family, Mona, Dean, & family, Terry, Angel, & family.

  10. Sheila, Molly, John and families. In memory of Helen Snyder and from us, we join you in sympathy at the passing of Betty Jo and in remembering many, many good times as an extended family.

  11. Dear Sheila, Johnny and Molly: You have my deepest sympathy and prayers for the loss of your sweet and special mother, Betty Jo. I loved her smile, and good sense of humor. I also appreciated her comments and insights and our Saturday morning bible study. Your mother was a special friend to so many, and we will all miss her. I wish you all God’s love and peace.

  12. Oh that warm and welcoming smile…… She always lit up the room when she came to the Young at Heart exercise class. Going back, our son was a “charter member” of the first Sunrise Preschool class~~she was excellent with those little ones! Even after all these years, she never forgot the little Christmas elf we had given her, and often spoke about it….may the angels and elves in heaven embrace her as she enters her eternal reward in heaven….God bless all her family and friends who mourn her passing….she will be sadly missed but fondly remembered…

  13. Our sympathy to Betty Jo’s family. She always had a smile to share and loved her Irish heritage! Continue her traditions of sprinkling leprechaun dust and marching to McNamara’s Band!! I enjoyed teaching with her at St. Joe’s…..we shared many laughs together!
    Russ & Angie Laures

  14. Our sympathy to you all. Betty Jo a joy to be around and that beautiful smile, always.

    Louise and Donn Harris

  15. To all of Betty Jo’s Family and Friends our prayers and thoughts are with you,she was such a special
    gal,and will be missed by many.Just remember all the special memories you have of her,Marian and Tom Gebel

  16. Betty Jo was such a wonderful teacher, friend and volunteer! She will be dearly missed! May the special memories you created together as a family sustain you when your hearts miss her sparkling presence. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. With deepest sympathy, Francie & Steve Crawford

  17. Betty-Jo had the love for children in her heart, and it carried through her life in her relationship with former students. Her St. Patrick’s Day spirit and performance is legendary…there is a generation of us out in the world that can sing “McNamara’s Band” on demand. She was simply the best. God bless you, Mrs. Snyder……………..

    Oh My name is McNamara I’m the leader of the band
    although we’re few in numbers we’re the finest in the land
    we play at wakes and weddings and at every fancy ball
    and when we play at funerals we play the “March From Saul”

    Oh the drums go bang and the cymbals clang and the horns they blaze away
    McCarthy pumps the old bassoon and I the pipes do play
    and Hennessy Yennessy toodles the flute and music is somethin’ grand
    a credit to old Ireland is McNamara’s Band

  18. Our sympathy to you all. We will never forget your Mom’s special smile and her kindness. She was a special lady and will be missed. Always in your heart❤️
    Jack & Nancy Anderson

  19. We were so saddened to hear of Betty Jo’s illness and passing. As many have commented already, she always had such a wonderful smile and outlook, even when things were not “wonderful”…a great legacy. She was a friend to many and will be missed. Our deepest sympathy for your loss…

  20. Please accept our deepest sympathy. May those precious memories be foremost in your hearts and minds during this difficult time
    Isaiah 25:8

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