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Jeanne Carson Snyder


Jeanne Carson Snyder, of Lower Paxton Township, passed away in the arms of her boyfriend and husband of more than 50 years, two weeks after the couple celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary aboard the Pride of the Susquehanna.

Jeanne, the daughter of Euretta Ranck and George Carson, both deceased, was born in a snowstorm in Philadelphia in March of 1947. Her four siblings, George, Mitchell, John and Allen are also deceased.

She graduated from Upper Dublin High School in Fort Washington, where she was a majorette for three years and in her senior year was awarded Betty Crocker Homemaker of the Year; she graduated from Millersville University and received her master’s degree from Shippensburg University. She met her boyfriend/husband Jay when he returned from Vietnam in 1966 after she had written to him, sight unseen, for the previous 10 months. They were married in August the following year, her junior year in college.

Jeanne began teaching in the Middletown Area School District in 1969 and taught third, second and mostly kindergarten in both the Fink and Kunkel Elementary Schools for 31 years. She was honored along the way with the Central Pennsylvania Young Educator of the Year award. She belonged to Lancaster County Bead Club, Hershey Area Book Club, Lancaster/Dauphin County Knitting Club, and was an Associate Member of the Vietnam Veterans of America. Jeanne had former students and friends everywhere and thanks to Facebook, stayed in touch with many of them.

Years ago, Jeanne and Jay adopted a young Vietnamese refugee, Thinh Snyder-Pham, now living in Gainesville, Va., and for the past 25 years, working in the United States Senate. Thinh and his wife Hoa have three children, Jeanne age 13, Jay age 12 and Carson about to be six. The family was the light of her life. Over the years, Jeanne and Jay traveled to more than 50 countries, but France was always top of her list.

Jeanne has chosen to be cremated and part of her ashes to be scattered on her favorite lavender field in France with the remainder to be saved and mixed with Jay’s ashes when he joins Jeanne in the future.

There will be no visitation, instead a Memorial Celebration of Jeanne’s Life will be held at the Hershey Italian Lodge on Sunday, October 1 at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to WITF-FM (her absolute favorite radio station), 4801 Lindle Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17111, or to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 4200 Londonderry Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17109.

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