WILLIAM J. 'BILL' SNYDER, 87 ROCKFORD - William J. "Bill" Snyder, 87, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Jan. 21, 1926, in Indianapolis, the son of Lloyd and Irene Snyder, and spent his boyhood in Beloit, Wis. He graduated from St. Thomas High School in Rockford and Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. He also attended Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. He served in World War II in the U. S. Navy on the Destroyer USS Anderson in the Pacific Theatre. He was employed by several newspapers including the Rockford Morning Star for 17 years as a reporter and held several editorial positions. He later became director of public information for the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford, retiring in 1988. Bill served on the board of directors of the Winnebago County Paratransit System and The Northwest Illinois Area Agency on Aging as well as its advisory council. He volunteered with several other charitable agencies including 19 years at St. Anne Center Nursing Home. He is a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. Bill married Judy Danielson in 1974 in Rockford and was a loving devoted husband to her for 38 years. Bill's life was filled with the love of family and friends and his faith, including the many friends he made during 40 years as an art and craft exhibitor throughout the area. Of special value was the annual summer gathering of the family at the Snyder Cabin in northern Wisconsin, where his fishing skill was evident. He was an optimistic gardener and a not as optimistic Cubs fan. Being a Packer fan helped. Bill was the author of "Up North," a collection of articles and poetry based on experiences of more than 50 years at the family's summer cabin in northern Wisconsin as well as "silly songs" he wrote for his children and grandchildren. He was a member of Friends of the Beckman Mill in Beloit and a regular contributor of articles to the Beckman Mill News. Survivors include wife, Judy; daughter, Mary (Tony) Stevens of Roscoe; daughter, Theresa (Fred) Beste of West Bend, Wis.; daughter, Elizabeth (Dale) Beyers of Walworth, Wis.; son, Michael (Kathy) Snyder of Stone Lake, Wis.; daughter, Margaret Snyder of Rockford; daughter, Catherine Snyder of Machesney Park; and son, Mark (Laura) Snyder of Rockford; grandchildren, Adam (Nicole) and Lucas Stevens, Amanda and Lisa Snyder, Claire and Ava Beyers, and Luke Snyder; great-grandchildren, Jett, Violet and Leo Stevens; numerous other family and friends. Preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Marian Mulligan. Special thank you to Jamie, Lori, Christina, Zetta, Ed, and the rest of the staff at OSF Hospice as well as Fr. Geary, Fr. Edward and Fr. Gerard for their loving care and support. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Holy Family Catholic Church. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, 1860 S. Mulford Road, with rosary at 7 p.m. Visitation also from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Donations in Bill's memory may be made to The Carpenter's Place of Rockford. Express condolences at www.fitzgeraldfh.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Jan. 28 to Jan. 29, 2013