In Memoriam


Sister Anne Marie Snyder, formerly known as Sister John Vianney Snyder, died on March 30, 2017, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 94 years of age and in the 76th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Anne Marie was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Frank and Mary (Sadar) Snyder. She graduated from Ursuline Academy in Cleveland and received a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in English, and a Master of Education degree in administration, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. Sister Anne Marie also was a chaplain, certified by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.  

Sister ministered for 31½ years in education in Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Toledo, Wickliffe, and Cincinnati, Ohio; and Gilbert, and Casa Grande, Arizona. She was principal for five years at Nativity School in Cleveland. Sister was also a staff member for four years at St. Theresa Home in Cincinnati, Ohio, and four years at Casa Maria Retirement Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. 

Sister Anne Marie was a pastoral-care worker for 12 years at St. Alexis Hospital in Cleveland and a staff member and driver for seven years in the Florida Chapter Office in West Palm Beach. 

Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan, in 2001. She  is survived by two brothers, Joseph Snyder of Sagamore Hills, and Paul Snyder of Brecksville, and a sister, Jean McGrath of Cleveland, all in Ohio. She was preceded in death by an aunt, Sister Regina Clare Sadar, also an Adrian Dominican.Welcome of Sister Anne Marie will be on Monday, April 3, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the Dominican Life Center lobby. The Wake will follow from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Room of the Dominican Life Center. The Reception of the Body and Vigil Prayer will be at 7:00 pm in St. Catherine Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Funeral will be live streamed. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery.

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian.


Vigil for Sister Anne Marie (John Vianney):

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Funeral for Sister Anne Marie (John Vianney):


LEFT: Sister Anne Marie Snyder with her family, circa 1945-1950


LEFT: Sister Anne Marie, left, with Christa Rusch, Associate, at Florida Chapter Assembly, 1996 RIGHT: From left, Sisters Anne Marie Snyder, Patricia O’Reilly, and Ellen Hirzel


LEFT: Sister Anne Marie teaches a summer religion class in Quemado, New Mexico, 1952 RIGHT: Sister Anne Marie, center, with other members of the pastoral care team at St. Alexis Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio


LEFT: Sister Anne Marie receives the Freedom Foundation Teacher’s Award, May 1969. RIGHT: As chaplain at St. Alexis Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio


LEFT: Ministering as assistant administrator at St. Theresa Home, Cincinnati, Ohio


LEFT: On her 90th birthday, February 25, 2013 RIGHT: Sister Janet Capone, left, then Prioress, with Sister Anne Marie during Sister Anne Marie’s 60th Jubilee, 2001


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