October 2016

Joanne Moulder Snyder

May 18, 1954
October 3, 2016

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On October 3, 2016, the Lord recalled his angel, Joanne Moulder Snyder, who spent the better part of her life caring for and protecting small animals.  Ducks, kittens, dogs, foxes, rabbits, and turtles all received a second chance at life because of her.  She would stop traffic on a busy highway just to save a turtle trying to cross the road.  There was nothing that gave her greater joy and satisfaction than helping and loving a little animal.  She had a wonderful smile and her kindness touched everyone who met her.  Those who loved her were made better by getting to experience life through her eyes.  She had a heart of gold which just could not beat any longer in this world.  She was born in Kokomo, Indiana in 1954 to Harry L. Moulder, Jr. and Dorothy Jean Moulder who predeceased her.  Even years later, she savored her memories of growing up and spending summers at her family's cottage at Klinger Lake near Sturgis, Michigan.  She graduated from Ball State University with a bachelor's degree in art.  She lived in multiple places during her life but she always managed to create a warm, comfortable household that was full of her love.  She had recently moved to Florida where her dream home was being built in Ponte Vedra.  She was happiest when she was at home with what she called “her little family”.  She is survived by her husband and best friend of 30 years, Steve; her 15 ½  year old Shih Tzu, Berry; and her cat, Kitty, who she rescued as a stray kitten 12 years ago.  Every single day she would hug her pets and let them know how much she loved them.  She is also survived by her sister, Linda Malone; brothers, Larry and John Moulder; as well as nieces, nephews, in-laws, friends and other relatives who loved her dearly.  Although her passing was sudden, she had been happy and she did not suffer.  She quietly closed her eyes and went back to be with the Lord.  She has been reunited with her father who she missed so very much and she is now residing peacefully in her ultimate dream home.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA.org) or forever remember her passing as the day that you decided to reassess your priorities in life and honored her memory by recommitting yourself to those who you love.  She would like that.  Please sign the online guestbook at www.pontevedravalley.com