Florence Irene “Sarg” Snyder
“Sarg” Snyder age 89, a resident of Bishop for 67 years was born in Los Angeles, CA May 11, 1925 passed away on December 29, 2014 in Bishop.
Sarg was born in Los Angeles , CA and graduated from Compton High School in 1943. While living in Compton, she met her future husband of 68 years Gene Snyder. Though they met as teens they agreed not to wed until after Gene’s return from service in WWII. The pair moved to Bishop in 1947 together with their best friends Marv and Ricki Tetrick, during that time Sarg worked as an operator for the telephone company and raised her three children. She continued to work for the phone company until her retirement in 1983.
In her younger years she was she was a member of the Junior Women’s Improvement Club. She loved to do the Kankan and was an avid golfer. After her retirement she volunteered for hospice and she and Gene enjoyed traveling to Hawaii and their second home in Yuma Arizona. The pair also took part in an extensive trip through Europe to commemorate the 50th anniversary of D day.
While her given name was Florence Irene, the name Florence, Flossy, and Flo were completely unacceptable, as anybody who knew her well could attest to. If you valued your life, you called her “Sarg” a nickname given to her in her youth by a dear friend who admired her colorful vocabulary and its likeness to that of his drill sergeant.
In her twilight years, nothing became as important to her as her family; she was a constant presence in the lives of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren all of whom will greatly miss their birthday phone calls each year wherein she would “sing” happy birthday at the top of her lungs until you could no longer hold the phone to your ear.
She will be remembered for her hugs so tight you couldn’t breathe, her fantastic sense of humor, and her infectious laugh that filled the room whenever she was around. Though her great grandchildren would probably argue that her “denture trick” was one of her best qualities.
While she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her, it is a comforting thought knowing that she is now reunited with her beloved son Dean. The pair are likely smiling down upon us all from Heaven right now marveling over the fact that they “got in.”
Survivors include, husband for 68 years Gene Snyder, son and daughter-in-law John and Marie Snyder, daughter Evelyn Snyder, grandchildren, Camerin Kreizenbeck, husband Garret and great grandchildren Will and Phoebe, Ian Snyder, Morgan Ray husband KC and great grandchildren Birch, Ridge and Rowen Alyse Snyder and Peter Ascencio.
Funeral services will be Saturday January 10, 2015 at 11: 00 at Brune Mortuary, 325 West Elm Street in Bishop. Interment will be private at East Line Street Cemetery.
For those who wish, donations may be made in honor of Sarg to: the Hospice of the Owens Valley, 162 Line Street, Bishop, CA 93514.