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Dorothy L. Snyder
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Obituary for Dorothy L. Snyder

Dorothy L. Snyder, 91, Elgin, North Dakota, quietly and eagerly left this earth for a joyous reunion with her heavenly Father and the love of her life, Edward, in the early morning hours of Thursday, November 23, 2017, at Jacobson Memorial Hospital, Elgin. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM, Monday, November 27, 2017, at DaWise-Perry Funeral Services, Mandan with Rev. Edmond Zimmerman officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Bismarck. Visitation is scheduled for 3-5 PM Sunday, November 26, 2017, at DaWise-Perry Funeral Services, Mandan, and continues one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Dorothy was born December 24, 1925, to Jacob and Gladys (Hammock) Burck at Wilton, North Dakota, where she was raised and educated. Dorothy met and fell in love with Edward, a quiet but dashingly handsome older farmer, while working as a caregiver and housekeeper in his parents’ home. They married on January 16, 1943, and together created a good life, filled with hard work, family, laughter and love.

Dorothy was an incredibly talented seamstress. Early on, she used her talent to provide supplementary income for the family. Later, she carefully and lovingly pieced together brightly-colored patchwork quilts. (Granny Smith apple green was her favorite color.) Her needlework was impeccable, you could hardly see where one stitch ended and the next began on the thousands of dishtowels she embroidered during her lifetime. Never one to sit idle, she also kept busy crocheting afghans, dollies, tablecloths and more. She generously shared her handiwork with everyone.

Holidays were her favorite, especially Christmas. (Although, she didn’t care much for Santa.) She filled the season and our hearts with homemade hot fudge, worship music, lively games and thoughtful gifts. She worked at various part-time jobs and saved money all year long so that she could tuck a $20-dollar bill for each of her grandchildren in a miniature handmade stocking on the Christmas tree. Her eyes would light up as she watched the children competitively and fiercely scour the house for the cash prize she’d hide in a new place every year.

Dorothy enjoyed “going”. She and Edward packed up the camper each summer and took short trips to Medora, Mt. Rushmore and other Midwest destinations, oftentimes with at least one or two grandchildren along for the ride. She filled pages and pages of albums with the memories and photographs from these adventures. Dorothy faithfully served her Savior, family and friends for 91 years.

She is survived by three daughters, Viola (Harvey) Sprenger, Elgin, Kathy (Robert) Hill, Bottineau, and Darla Snyder, Elgin; one son, Aaron Snyder, Culbertson, Montana; 10 grandchildren, Thomas Sprenger, Timothy (Courtney) Sprenger, Rebecca (Randy) Tietz, Joshua Sprenger, Roderick (Gina) Snyder, Rhonda (Matt) Nevland, Amber (Eric) Reifschneider, Deanna (Chad) Ness, Donella (Brian) Westphal, Robbie (Becky) Hill; 18 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Edward; two sisters, Mary Monroe and Nellie Reibe; three brothers, George, Ralph and Roy Burck; daughter-in-law, Dorie Snyder; and great-grandchild, Caden Westphal.

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3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
DaWise Perry Funeral Services

4614 Memorial Highway
Mandan, ND 58554

Funeral Service




10:30 AM
DaWise Perry Funeral Services

4614 Memorial Highway
Mandan, ND 58554

Cemetery Details


Sunset Memorial Gardens

1313 East Century Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58503


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