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Katherine H. Snider

Kay passed away Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

She was born October 25, 1925 in Otsego, the daughter of Charles and Emma (Hammenon) Lorenz. Kay was a 1943 Otsego High School graduate and longtime resident of the area. She was a founding member of the kitchen band at Friendship Village where she had lived for the last 10 ½ years. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting especially blankets and hats for newborns for area hospitals. Kay had been the organist at Temple Baptist Church in Detroit for many years. She was also a member at Calvary Bible Church in Kalamazoo and was active in supporting missionaries.  In 1947 in Alamo she married James Snider who passed away in 2005.

Surviving are her sons, David (Gloria) Snider of Florida, John (Janet) Snider of Kalamazoo, Charles (Nancy) Snider of Milford and Daniel (Patricia) Snider of Tennessee; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren with 2 more due soon; 3 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Elizabeth and best friend since childhood, Jane Quigley.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sister, Martha Koehn.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial celebration will be held from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M., Saturday, February 15, 2020, at the Kiva Auditorium at Friendship Village in Kalamazoo.

Burial of ashes will take place at Alamo Center Cemetery at a later time.

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Kay Simpson

February 4, 2020 at 5:58 am

We are so sorry, John, Janet and family. Your Mom was a friend to all and we’re saddened by her loss. She was deeply loved by my Mom and everyone who knew her at FV. There’s been a stunned grief there. Please know we are praying for you. If you are able, we would love to connect.


Kay Simpson

February 4, 2020 at 6:02 am


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