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Jane Marie Snyder


Jane M. Snyder, 73, of Fernandina Beach passed away Friday, May 15, 2020 at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.

Born in Allentown, PA she was a daughter of the late Willis and Laura Mahlon Hillegass.

Jane graduated cum laude from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania and retired as a supervisor in the actuarial department responsible for retirement plan funding at Towers Perrin, an international consulting company.

A wonderful friend, caring sister and aunt, Jane had a quiet dry sense of humor that often surprised Jane was an avid reader her entire life. Through the years she collected a large personal library. In addition to her love of reading, Jane spent her retirement years cruising with friends, photographing and documenting their adventures, and spoiling her cat Soxy.

Jane lost her husband, Jim in 2015. She and Jim knew each other for 50 years. They began dating while in college and continued their relationship until they eventually married in 1994.

Jane leaves behind her sister, Diane (Richard) Pawloski of Lake Frederick, VA; a nephew and his family, Adam Pawloski, his wife, Elizabeth and their children, Isabel and Claudia; a niece, Lisa Pawloski and her daughter, Sophia; close friends, Ron and Barbara Heymann, Ron and Raegan Heymann, Carol Heymann and her God Daughter, Megan Altman.

There will be a celebration of Jane�s life at the Story and Song Bookstore, 1430 Park Avenue, on Sunday, May 24 from 1 to 3 pm.

She and her husband, Jim will be laid to rest at Bosque Bello Cemetery.

The family asks that Jane be remembered by donations to the Jim Snyder Memorial Basketball Tournament, C/O the Fernandina Beach YMCA, 1915 Citrona Dr, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 or Cats Angels, 709 S 8th St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.


Jane was such a sweet and gentle person. She was a joy to be around. Our hearts go out to all her loved ones.

I met jane in 1973 when she became best friends with my best friend, her husband, Jim, Der to most of us.
So for 47 years we met in passing as we were often Florida visitors. Jane was the hostess with comfort and class, often making home made meals she loved to prepare and we loved to enjoy. When Der passed in 2015, we continued our twice a year visits to Jane ( now at 5) different homes they or she lived in since the 90�s. Our last meal was Dec. 29 in her new home which she was beginning to get used to. She graciously shared with us her health dilemmas until I could not �find� her available. Norma loved her company�..she could converse with many subjects�..I will miss her �reading� tips as she read 5 books to my 1. God Bless her relatives, especially the Heymann�s family (extended) who provided many, many wings for them for many, many years.. I am so sorry I could not say goodbye to such a lovely person. Say hello to Der when you meet him next. .

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