Betty Lou (Snyder) Black
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Betty Lou Black (Snyder), surrounded by three sons, left us to join her heavenly family on January 22, 2016. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on December 28, 1929, she relocated in the Valparaiso area as a young girl and called it home for most of the rest of her life. She is preceded in death by her parents, Harley and Nora Snyder; her husband of 61 years, Charles F. Black (2008); and her second son, Thomas F. Black (1948). Betty Lou is survived by her sister, Phyllis Sederberg; and her brother, Harley (Jan) Snyder, both of Valparaiso; and her three sons: Mike (Pat Ann) Black of Leavenworth, KS; Bob (Cathy) Black of Martinsville, IN; and Jim Black of Valparaiso. Married in 1946, Betty Lou and Charles made their home in Porter County where Betty Lou worked as a full time homemaker until her children were raised. She was accomplished with needle and thread, crochet needles, cooking and gardening tools. Later she worked for Boone Grove Schools as a member of the food staff, and then ran a fabric shop with her sister, Phyllis. Next to caring for her three sons, Betty Lou's favorite job was her volunteer work with Porter Memorial Hospital and the Hospital of Lake Placid Florida. Her time spend volunteering gave her much happiness as she spread her own joy and good will to the many people she served. Betty Lou had a penchant for collecting "things" she thought were beautiful, including salts cellars, paperweights, Lladro, Santas, angels, frogs, and antique treasures - all artistically displayed in corners and cabinets, on tables and walls, creating a warmth and charm to her home. Her personality was such that she never knew a stranger and always gave a smile, a please or a thank you. Everything about her exuded a caring, friendly, and loving spirit to everyone she knew and everyone she might meet. She was a genuinely selfless person whose brilliant light touched everyone throughout her life. That radiance will be greatly missed by her family and the many friends she made everywhere she went. Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 3:30 PM at Moeller Funeral Home 104 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso. Memorial Visitation will be Thursday from 2:00 PM until the time of service. Private burial of ashes will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Wounded Warriors.

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Published in The Times on Jan. 26, 2016.
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