unto others as you would have them do unto you." The "golden rule" is a fundamental principle that many
people admire and uphold. To a group of funeral directors
in 1928, this "golden rule" became the cornerstone upon
which they built the professional association - The
International Order of the Golden Rule. The Charles
F. Snyder Funeral Homes are proud to hold membership
in this prestigious organization, and pledge to serve
families by the "Golden Rule" philosophy.
These plaques are displayed at our entrances at our 3 funeral homes
staff of the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Homes is committed
to providing the highest quality of funeral service, whether
pre-arrangement or at those times of greatest need.
pledge to provide the finest personal service and facilities
for the families we are privileged to serve.
offer the choices and expertise needed that enable the families
we serve to make informed decisions to create the most exceptional
is our goal to make the important difference in the bereavement
process of the families we serve.
The Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., located at 414 East King Street, Lancaster, was established in 1947 by its founder Charles F. Snyder in a beautiful, Georgian-style home. In 1975, Charles F. (Chip) Snyder, Jr. entered into the family business. He learned how to serve families under his father's supervisions and guidance. Chip became President of the funeral home in 1988 after the retirement of his father, and he continues to work today with the same core values that Charles instilled in him.
In 1989, the Charles F. Snyder funeral Home acquired a branch facility to serve the people of Millersville and the surrounding areas. In 2000, a new facility was built just north of Lancaster on Rt. 501 to serve families in the Manheim Township, Neffsville, Lititz and surrounding areas. It is with great fulfillment that we are able to reach a broad spectrum of Lancaster county families.
Every funeral is unique and it is our goal to fulfill the individual needs and wishes of each family, while maintaining the highest level of excellence. Our unmatched facilities at our three convenient locations provide the comforting environments necessary at your greatest time of need.
Compare us to any other local funeral home and see that we offer services above and beyond your expectations.
There is a difference.
Please take a moment to glance at a collection of historical photos from our funeral home
1947: Opening winter of the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home. This picture depicts the funeral home decorated for the holiday season.
A rear shot of the funeral home after a snow storm; prior to the first expansion in 1958
Family members enjoying the backyard of the funeral home, which is now the funeral home's parking lot.
The walkway from the carriage house to the actual funeral home. Please take notice of the pond, which is now covered by our parking lot.
The back of the carriage house from Mifflin St., which today houses our fleet of vehicles used for funeral services. Take notice of the row home on the corner of Plum and Mifflin Sts., which is no longer present. Charlie tore this home down to add additional parking in the 1950's.
A family outside the rear entrance of the funeral home in the winter of the late 1940's enjoying some fresh air.
A winter storm in 1950. A snowy picture of the funeral home on King St.
The driveway at the funeral home during the same winter storm of 1950, prior to snow-plowing the parking lot.
Charles F. "Buttercup" Snyder Sr., as he was known to his high school friends and families, delivered papers in Lancaster city. This picture was taken around 1931. There have been three generations of Snyder newspaper boys delivering papers to city residents. Charles F. "Chip" Snyder, Jr. and his son Charles F. "Chad" Snyder, III both had newspaper routes.
In 1950, Charlie married Rita Caskey, of the Cabbage Hill area of Lancaster City.
After finishing Eckels Embalming School of Philadelphia of Temple University and fulfilling his apprenticeship, Charlie enlisted into the Navy during WWII. He was enlisted in 1941 in the South Pacific as a 1st Class Pharmacist Mate aboard the USS Barnes and USS Noble, hence Barnes and Noble Book Stores of today.
1946-1947: One of Charlie’s first photographs as a Funeral Director during his establishment of the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home.
June18, 1955: Chipper and Christy leaning against their father's new Cadillac Limo for the funeral home. This picture is taken from the funeral home parking lot, just outside the main side entrance.
Picture taken of the hallway in the funeral home prior to the 1958 expansion of the building.
Charlie and Rita posing in a photograph in the mid 1950's.
1958: Charlie standing on the roof of the funeral home, shaking hands with the contractors and discussing their plans of the construction.
A rear shot of the almost complete first funeral home expansion in 1958.
Charlie outside of the funeral home directing cars into the funeral home parking lot during a funeral in the early 1960's.
Early 1960s: Completion of the stainless steel sign attached to the front of the funeral home, which remains in-tact and in excellent condition today.
A picture of the funeral home on King St. on a sunny day in 1961.
The funeral home in the early 1960's. Everything has remained the same on the exterior of the building except for the white shutters, which are now painted black.
After cutting down the large tree in front of the funeral home in the 1970’s.
Charles gets elected President of the Lancaster County Funeral Directors Association in the early 1970's.
A picture of one of the hallways in the funeral home after the 1984 expansion.
A group shot of the Charles F. Snyder family, funeral directors and staff outside the newly completed expansion in 1984. Charlie and Chip are standing in the middle of the group.
Chip Snyder acquired the Millersville Funeral Home in 1988, which was formerly known as the Richard Bair/Jay Barry Funeral Home. The funeral home is located at 441 N. George St., next to the Millersville Post Office. It is Millersville's oldest and most established funeral home.
A picture taken in 1998 at the ground breaking ceremony on Lititz Pike of our most recent funeral home, the Charles F. Snyder, Jr. Funeral Home and Chapel, Inc. Chip, Charlie's son, built a funeral home in Manheim Township and opened its doors in 2000. The picture shows the funeral home builder Mark Simeral, banker, state representative, Chip Snyder, Doreen Snyder, Charlie Snyder, Rita Snyder, Mark Burkholder, and Christina Snyder.
Charlie and Chip Snyder during the ribbon cutting and opening of the Charles F. Snyder, Jr. Funeral Home and Chapel, Inc. Chip gave the privilege to his father and mentor to conduct the ribbon cutting.
Chip continued the tradition, like his father Charlie, of being the President of the Lancaster County Funeral Directors Association.
Charlie walking the halls of the Lititz Pike location during the open house in 2000.
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and are subject to change without notice.
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will not be published in accordance with their wishes. We
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Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home realizes the limited content
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to provide us with information and photographs they would
like to see included in an obituary that allows a reader to
learn more about their loved one. Charles F. Snyder Funeral
Home, Inc. reserves the right to limit and edit the amount
of content and/or photographs before publishing to our web
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purposes. It is strictly forbidden to use this information
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or business use and anyone discovered doing so will be prosecuted
to the fullest extent of the law.
Charles F. Snyder
Funeral Home & Crematory Inc.
LANCASTER - (717) 393-9661
414 East King Street
Lancaster, PA 17602
Charles F. Snyder, Jr. - Supervisor
Charles F. Snyder Jr.
Funeral Home & Crematory Inc.
LITITZ - (717) 560-5100 / 627-8668
3110 Lititz Pike
Lititz, PA 17543
Charles F. Snyder, III - Supervisor
Charles F. Snyder
Funeral Home & Crematory Inc.
MILLERSVILLE - (717) 872-5041
441 North George Street
Millersville, PA 17551
Mark D. Burkholder - Supervisor