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Margaret Snyder

MARGARET SNYDER (nee Louden) age 73, beloved wife for 46 years of James; loving mother of Bennett (wife Laura Kinnaman) and Nathan; cherished daughter of the late William and Marie (nee Barry) Louden; dearest sister of Bill Louden (wife Sher), Kay Eikenburg (husband Bob), Terry Bozak (husband John, deceased), Rose Dewille (husband Dan), Ed Louden (wife Amy), Frank Louden (wife Joanne), Suzy Torres (husband John), and the late John Louden and Jim Louden (wife Sharon); dear aunt and great-aunt of many.

Peggy was born on April 8, 1949, in Cleveland, Ohio. She was a resident of Lyndhurst for the past 24 years and previously lived in Anchorage, Alaska for 12. After graduating from West Tech High School, Peggy continued her education at Western Reserve University, where she received her bachelor’s degree. She went on to earn her Master of Education from Cleveland State University. She was a proud and dedicated educator who influenced the lives of many students during her time in Ohio and Alaska. Peggy gained the esteem of her colleagues as she worked in the classroom, the school library and as her building’s Union Representative. After retirement she continued her union involvement as the Membership Chair of the Cleveland Retired Teachers Union.

In 1976 Peggy married Jim, whom she had met through her high-school friend, Diana Snyder. They were blessed to enjoy 46 years together, all of them filled with deep friendship, shared adventures, laughter, and enduring love. Peggy and Jim had two sons, Ben and Nate. Motherhood was one of the great joys of Peggy’s life, and she took pride in seeing both of her sons grow into men of compassion and strength of character. A woman with a beautiful smile and equally beautiful in every respect, she looked at life and the world through idealistic eyes. Growing up with many struggles, Peggy worked hard to become successful and strove to offer others chances that she did not have. She did this through her years teaching where she found the value in every student, even those who presented the most challenges. After retirement Peggy continued to demonstrate her concern for others by assisting with Meals on Wheels.

One of Peggy’s most notable characteristics was her gift for friendship. She believed that we should cherish people who touch our lives and add to its value. Peggy did just that. She maintained enduring relationships with several close groups of friends, some of them colleagues from work, others who were neighbors, as well as classmates from college or even high school. Over the decades Peggy continued to reach out to those friends, laugh with them, cry with them, and hold them all in her heart.

Peggy was known for her wonderful baking of pies, breads, and cakes, not to mention her fantastic lasagna. She had an amazing skill for cake decorating for special family occasions. She was a voracious reader and belonged to a local book club that focused on literature for young adults, and books that belonged in school libraries. An avid animal lover, she and Jim always had 2 to 4 cats in the house, many of which were rescue animals. Peggy also maintained several bird feeders around the yard. She enjoyed watching the birds gather to eat, bird-guide in hand. Peggy and Jim also travelled the world together. They visited places of immense beauty, from Iceland to Taiwan, including two of her favorite places, Amsterdam and Scotland.

On November 23, 2022, this generous and loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend passed away at home with her family by her side. Peggy leaves numerous family members and friends who already miss her quick wit and abiding love beyond measure.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Peggy to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank or the Cleveland Animal Protective League.

Prayers of Christian Burial Thursday, December 8, 2022, at 10 AM at THE FUNERAL HOME.

Burial following at Lake View Cemetery.

Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Peggy at THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF SOUTH EUCLID, 4600 MAYFIELD RD. (just east of Green Rd.) Wednesday, December 7, 2022, from 4-8 PM.

Cremation by DeJohn Crematory.


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