Rosaleen “Rose” Ellen Snyder

Rosaleen “Rose” Ellen Snyder

BIRTH: 07/27/1967

DEATH: 11/02/2019

Rosaleen “Rose” Ellen Snyder, 52, of Chippewa passed away on Saturday, November 2, 2019 in ​Providence Rehabilitation Center, Beaver Falls, after a six-year fight with cancer.

Born July 27, 1967 (she always took great delight in having triple 7’s in her birthdate) to Michael Talbot Strider Reilly and the late Jane Ellen Wetterau Reilly. She was a spiritual, loving and generous wife/daughter/sister/aunt/niece and friend who was always kind and often mischievous. A great debate will now remain unsettled– many claimed to be her ‘best friend’ because she always made everyone she encountered feel as if they were – we will never know who actually her best friend was… the secret will remain with her.  In addition to her family and friends, Rose loved many things that begin with the letter ‘C’ including; celebrations, Corgis, Coca-Cola, casinos, chocolate, crystals, color, cut, and clarity. Rose celebrated things that were like her personality; beautiful, sparkly, and shiny.

Rose didn’t die from cancer, she thrived through it and maintained her kindness, compassion and generosity. She was diagnosed with cancer, already at Stage IV, in 2013.  Afterward, she endured surgeries, chemotherapies and radiation treatments, but remained working as an LPN in various area medical facilities until 2018. She comforted and cared for those who were alone, in pain, in recovery, or dying, despite her own symptoms.

She had a generous and giving spirit. While recovering from various surgeries or treatments, she collected cans because she cared about the environment. After recycling the cans for change, she donated the proceeds to the ​Humane Society of Beaver Falls​.

Through the pain and discomfort, Rose and Dennis traveled, visited family, attended Van Morrison concerts, and in general, enjoyed life with humor, food and nature.

Rose is survived by her loving husband, Dennis Snyder of Chippewa, step-children Richard Hunnell (Stephanie) and Rachel “Nicky” Ertz (Edward) respectively of Neptune and Mullica Hill, New Jersey; her father Michael Reilly of Vilonia, AR; her brother Sean M. Reilly (Hyun Sun) of Aberdeen, MD; the two remaining of her ‘Irish Triplets’ — Margaret Ellen “Peg” Jacobs (Kevin) of Conneaut Lake, Pa and Ellen Jane Laning (Ernest) of Vilonia, AR; her ‘adopted’ mom Jean Scalf of Beaver Falls; and grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In addition, she is survived by her global family of ‘Milts’ — numerous ‘brothers and sisters’ and ‘parents’ – -from Milton Hershey School, Hershey, PA. Rose also loved her pets: her Corgi, Spirit, and her cats, Seven and Salem.

Rose’s family wishes to thank Dr. Grace Tarabay of Allegheny Health Network; the myriad healthcare providers who assisted with scans, lab work and other medical procedures; and, the caregivers of Providence Rehabilitation Center who were loving, caring and compassionate to Rose.

Friends will be received on November 9, 2019 from 9AM -12PM at the Gabauer Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. 1133 Penn Avenue, New Brighton –​, with the Blessing Service immediately following at the same location at 12:00PM.  Deacon Harry DeNome will officiate.

A graveside blessing and committal will immediately follow at Beaver Falls Cemetery, 2045 Darlington Road, Beaver Falls, PA 15010.   Afterward there will be a ‘Celebration of Life’ dinner at ​The Wooden Angel, 308 Leopard Lane, Beaver, PA 15009.


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John Mikulak from Waverly, Pa wrote on November 8, 2019 at 8:59 pm:
Rose was one of the sweetest, kindest persons I've ever known. We were cousins and I really regret that we didn't get to know each other much growing up. And we didn't see enough of each other when we were older...but when we was always a total joy. The only comfort that can be taken from this is that our dear Rose is finally and truly cancer free and at peace, I'm sure. God love her.
Oliver S. Ewing from Great Mills, Maryland wrote on November 8, 2019 at 2:46 am:
As a fellow "Milt", just one of your thousand of brothers and sisters, I wish that I would have met you in life. Just by reading your obituary you were a fun loving person that Iam sorry that we never met. When I entered Milton Hershey School I was from Western Pennsyvania too. I entered from Baden, just a little south of Beaver Falls.but that was way before your lucky sevens even began. February 17, 1964. Iam face book friends with alot of your classmates and other friends that grewup with you and loved you from the Milt.
May the Angel's take you into the gates of Paridise where you will suffer no more. Your free of pain and you are welcomed by your family members and friends who have gone on before you. In Paridise you will live forever and also in the hearts of your loved ones and friends left behind.
Oliver S. Ewing, LFD
MHS class of 1972
Lu Bennett from Shillington pa wrote on November 8, 2019 at 1:38 am:
Rose, thank you for your kindness. You ate remembered with fondness.
Michael Barnes from Hagerstown MD wrote on November 8, 2019 at 12:36 am:
Rest In Peace my sister and friend. Truly what a beautiful person and beautiful soul.
Marce Holmquist from Pittsburgh wrote on November 7, 2019 at 11:08 pm:
Rose's beautiful smile and spirit is a great loss to all who knew her. It's a privilege to call her my Milt sister and have shared classes and activities with her. Truly a beautiful soul inside and out.
Annette Davis from Holden Beach, NC wrote on November 7, 2019 at 8:51 pm:
Sending my heart felt condolences to your family, Rose. You were one of the warmest, kindest sisters I knew at the Milt and you will be missed. Please Rest In Peace and know we’re thinking of you.
Kevin Kliebenstein from Lakeland, FL wrote on November 7, 2019 at 8:08 pm:
We will miss seeing your infectious smile. Listening to your kind words. And hearing your laughter. But you will remain in our hearts forever, a beautiful and precious spark of life. Goodbye for now.........
Potomac Air Lodge 1976 from Pittsburgh, Pa wrote on November 7, 2019 at 6:39 pm:
Please accept our heartfelt condolences
on the loss of your loved one.
Potomac Air Lodge 1976
Retiree's Club

IAM & AW Potomac Air Lodge 1976
228 Moon Clinton Road
Moon Twp, Pa 15108
Kathy Steines from Beaver Falls wrote on November 7, 2019 at 5:28 pm:
So sorry for your loss. May the fondest memories stay forever in your heart.
With love and prayers,
The Steines Family
Jerry, Kathy, Brad, Casey, Greg, Adriane
Brian Kilpatrick from Charlotte, NC wrote on November 7, 2019 at 5:08 pm:
Rest easy, Rose. Take walks in the rain and look down on us knowing we're thinking of you.
Tetianna from Beaver falls wrote on November 6, 2019 at 2:52 am:
Truly a blessing getting to know your beauty, thanks for the time we share I will truly miss you love you.
Vic Young from Jonestown , PA wrote on November 5, 2019 at 10:08 am:
A beautiful person who was always smiling and happy most of the times , a great person all around, God has gained an Angel ....
joseph d prokop from Pittsburgh wrote on November 4, 2019 at 4:46 pm:
The lord has taken another angel home. With deepest sympathies. Rose you surely will be missed. With all our love. THE PROKOP FAMILY.