There is always a licensed funeral director available to speak with you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Our staff of dedicated professionals takes their work very seriously. They understand that they are involved in a significant event for the families they serve, and strive to ease the burden during a difficult time. Equally as important to them is creating a service that is reflective of the deceased and the life they lived.
Our funeral directors believe that there is no such thing as a typical funeral. Each one needs to be uniquely created for the individual being memorialized.
When you come to Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home, we take time getting to know you and your family. We thought you should know a little bit about us as well.
One service that was meaningful to me involved a young teenager who died suddenly. Part of his heritage was Native American Indian. The family requested after the evening viewing that they return to the funeral home at 3 a.m. to perform a Native American drum and chanting ritual. Saying yes without hesitation, my son Chad and I returned at 2:30 a.m. to receive those that would be involved. They arrived in traditional Native American dress with a large drum and some prairie grass.
They played the drum, chanted, and purified everyone with smoke from the smoldering prairie grass (no burning flame was involved) as was their Indian ritual. It was a beautiful ceremony.
A native of Lancaster, PA, Chip Snyder graduated from Lancaster Catholic High School in 1970, and from Northland College in 1974 with a B.S. in Business Administration. Immediately after graduating from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1975, Chip began working in the family business. He became the owner of the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home in 1988, which he expanded by purchasing the Richard Bair Funeral Home in Millersville in 1989, and by opening a new facility on the Lititz Pike in 2000. Chip is also a partner in the Heritage Estate Group Monument Company in Lancaster County.
Chip is a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church and attends the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation with his wife, Doreen. His memberships include the National Funeral Directors Association, Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, Lancaster County Funeral Directors Association (past president), Knights of Columbus Council #867, 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Santa Maria Assembly, Ahepa Red Rose Chapter 71, Lancaster Sertoma Club, Lancaster Leiderkranz, BPOE #134, Travelers Protective Association, Bent Creek Country Club, and the Hamilton Club. Chip is currently on the Board of Directors of SHARE of Lancaster, National Council of Community Justice, and Woodward Hills Cemetery.
His hobbies include golf, fishing, skiing and gardening. He enjoys watching all sports, and formerly played ice hockey, coached the Lancaster Firebirds Travel Team, and coached soccer for St. Anne’s School.
Chip and his wife, Doreen, reside in Manheim Township.
I enjoy working with my father tremendously and I am ever grateful for the responsibility he has entrusted to me. We have a great working relationship, but at the same time we have a father/son relationship. He has provided me the education and training needed to succeed in the funeral service profession, and I am thankful for his guidance and patience as I continue to learn and grow in our ever-changing world.
My father taught me, as his father taught him, to operate our family business following the simple principle of the Golden Rule; do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.
Chad is a proud native of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and is the third generation in the family business. He is the grandson of the founder, Charles F. “Charlie” Snyder, Sr. and has worked along side his father since becoming a young adult.
Chad attended Lancaster Catholic High School for his first two years of high school, where he played varsity golf, ice hockey, and tennis. He then attended South Kent Preparatory School, South Kent, CT, graduating in 2000. Chad then graduated college from Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Management in 2004.
He joined the family business in 2004 and began working full time under the guidance of his father, Chip. He completed Mortuary School from Northampton, Bethlehem, PA in 2006, and served his apprenticeship with the Boyd/Horrox Funeral Home of Norristown, PA. Chad completed his apprenticeship at his family’s funeral home in 2007 and received his Funeral Director License in the state of Pennsylvania in 2008. Chad is currently the General Manager of the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Homes & Crematory, located on Lititz Pike.
Chad is a parishioner of the Historic St. Mary’s Church and also The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. He is proud to carry on both his father’s religious background as well as his Mother’s Greek heritage. Knowing the importance of community, Chad loves living in downtown Lancaster.
Chad is member of the Knights of Columbus council #867 as a 3rd Degree Knight. He is a member of the Lancaster County Historical Society and has been influential in the Historic East Side and East King Improvement District “EKID” areas of the city. Chad is a 3rd generation member of the Lancaster Elk’s Lodge #134, he is also a 3rd generation member of the Order of the AHEPA Red Rose Chapter, a board member of the Demuth Museum on East King Street, Committee Member with Lancaster General Hospital, Hospice of Lancaster County, and the Central Market.
Chad is an avid golfer, skier, squash player, and surfer. He loves the beach, mountains, and any outdoor activity.
A devout Christian family, they knew The Lord held their children in His arms. Although extremely saddened by their earthly loss, the remaining family — consisting of the father, mother and two brothers — had strength and peace in knowing that this was a new beginning for the young girl. The child passed away in the parlor of their home on the family farm.
We held an evening viewing, as well as a second viewing and funeral the following day at their church. Out of the blue at the end of the first evening’s viewing, the parents asked if I could take their daughter back to their farm house to stay one last night with the family. Without any hesitation I said yes and drove her to the house and placed her, in the casket, in the same parlor from where I took her into my care a few days earlier.
The next morning after the family had breakfast I returned to the home for the child and took her to church for the funeral and burial. My quick acceptance of their spur of the moment request meant a great deal to the family, and the gratitude they expressed touched me tremendously.
Being able to fulfill unique requests from the families that I am walking alongside during their time of loss makes that walk very rewarding for me.
Norm joined the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home in August of 2009 after 22 years of funeral service in Lancaster County. He graduated from Columbia High School in 1981, and served in the U. S. Coast Guard from 1984 to 1988. Norm graduated from Harrisburg Area Community College in 1989 and the Funeral Service Education Program at Northampton Community College in 1991. He earned his funeral director’s license in 1992 and his life insurance license in 1995, enabling him to provide pre-need burial insurance to the families he serves.
A past president of both the Lancaster County Funeral Directors Association and Paradise Township Lions Club, Norm is a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, where he serves on the memorial garden committee. An outdoorsman, he is a member of Strasburg Sportsman’s Association and Bear Tree Camp in Tioga County. Norm’s interests include home repair and remodeling, hiking and hunting in Tioga County, target shooting, jet skiing on the Susquehanna River and at Avalon, NJ, and Formula 1 and vintage auto racing.
He and his wife, Deb, and their sons, Travis and Derek, live in West Lampeter Township.
The room was set with candles and swing music softly playing in the background as this loving wife sat and held her husband’s hand and had her last “farewell date”… just the two of them.
Being involved in this important event was such a gift to me, and it reminds me why I choose to serve as a funeral director.
Kelly is a graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School and the Funeral Service Education Program at Northampton Community College where she earned their “funeral service student of the year” award. Kelly began working in the offices of the Charles F Snyder Funeral Home in 2001. She served her internship with the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home, and received her Funeral Director’s license in July of 2006.
Kelly is a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church where she is a Eucharistic Minister and a committee member on the St. Vincent de Paul Society. She lives in Lancaster with her husband, Justin, daughters, Emma and Caroline, and their dogs, Trixie and Tallie.
Unfortunately they could no longer find his medals or his uniform, which they would have liked to display at his service. The day before the service I brought in from my own collection of military items all the medals which he had been awarded, as well as my vintage 82nd Airborne jump jacket and helmet. I placed the medals in a frame next to the casket and the jacket and helmet on a mannequin form I had.
When they entered the room, they all swung around in disbelief, asking where all this had come from. I told them that after seeing the expressions on their faces as they recounted stories of their dad, I felt compelled to fill that void for them. The next day I heard the family point me out to people several times as the individual who provided the memorabilia.
It cost me nothing, it meant a great deal to them, and I knew I had brought a little light to an otherwise sad time for them.
A native of Wyomissing, Berks County, Mark graduated in 1989 from Bloomsburg University and in 1990 from the Funeral Service Education Program at Northampton Community College. Mark joined the staff of the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Homes in 1989, became a licensed funeral director in 1990 and has served as the Supervisor of the Millersville facility since 1995.
Mark is a member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Neffsville, where he serves as a lector, usher, greeter, audio/visual aide, on the church cemetery board and formerly on church council. A 32nd Degree Mason, he is a member of the Charles M. Howell Lodge 496 of Millersville, the Lancaster Lodge of Perfection, and the Harrisburg Consistory.
Mark was an assistant varsity boys lacrosse coach at Manheim Township High School from 2006 to 2012, and had previously served in that same position at Hempfield High School from 1998 to 2004. He also plays ice hockey in local adult leagues.
He is an avid military history buff and collector of World War II memorabilia, participating in WWII living history presentations for local events and schools. Mark and his wife Melanie, a Lititz native, reside in Manheim Township with their two children Hilary and Mitchell, and their American Pitbull Terrier Ramsey.
Recently, while helping with a removal of a gentleman’s remains at his residence, I enjoyed listening to the stories his wife told of him as we looked out the bedroom window over their backyard which included a beautiful creek running through it. She explained that her husband would sit for hours during his illness and admire the beauty of nature from his bed. The scene reminded me of Psalm 23 where the psalmist says, “He leadeth me beside the still waters.” His obituary mentioned that he was a shepherd for a period of time and lived his life by Psalm 23.
I immediately thought of a book entitled, A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 by Philip Keller and ordered a copy of the book for his wife and personally delivered it to her home. I was greeted with a big hug and smile. She was so grateful for the book. It filled my heart with great joy to know how much we were appreciated by this family. Times like this make funeral directing a wonderful experience for me personally and I will never forget this family and the blessing they were to me.
John is a native Pennsylvanian, growing up in Newtown, Bucks County. He graduated from high school in 1981 and later received his theological degree from a small Baptist college in Indiana. After serving or nine years as an assistant pastor in Philadelphia, John moved to Cambodia to begin a seven year term as a missionary. Following an accident in Cambodia that claimed his first wife, John remarried and is now pursuing a second career as a funeral director.
He is currently enrolled in Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science’s online program and is grateful for the opportunity to learn all aspects of funeral service at the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home and Crematory in preparation for his new career. John anticipates graduating from mortuary school in November of 2013. In addition to funeral directing, he is also pursuing certification as a crematory operator.
John and his wife Sherry, reside in Leola, and are the parents of three grown children. They are both active members of Bible Baptist Church of Leola, where John is a trustee, sings in the church’s choir and small men’s group and leads the church’s nursing home ministry at Conestoga View Nursing Home in Lancaster.
Though hearing the song made her a bit emotional, she told me afterward that it was perfect and something she would never forget. Sometimes it’s just the smallest things that create the biggest memories.
Jonathan was born in Lancaster, lived in Lititz until the age of five, and recently returned to Lancaster County in July, 2012 to join the staff of Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory. Raised in Fleetwood, he is a 1988 graduate of Liberty University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. During his seven years in news radio as an announcer and director, he covered the Presidential Inauguration of George H.W. Bush for New York City’s ABC Direction Network, and the 1988 Education Summit in Charlottesville, VA.
In 1996 he returned to college to obtain his mortuary science degree. He is a 1997 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and obtained his funeral director’s license the same year. In his spare time, Jon enjoys hiking, camping, biking, black and white film photography and golf.
When I went to the house to transfer his mom to our funeral home, he was so relieved to see that I was going to be taking care of his mother that he broke down in tears. I took special care in making sure that every detail of the memorial service was addressed and that the son could completely focus on his family.
I couldn’t have asked for a better way to help a friend and his family in a time of need.
Justin is a life-long resident of Lancaster County, PA. He graduated from Hempfield High School in 1999. After completing his general courses at HACC, he went on to attend Northampton Area Community College in Bethlehem, PA where he received his Associates Degree in Applied Sciences from the Funeral Service Education Program. After completing his internship with the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Homes & Crematory, he became a licensed funeral director in 2012.
Justin resides in Millersville and enjoys being an active member in the community. He is a member of the Columbia-Middletown Elks Lodge #1074. In his spare time he enjoys going to Central Market in Lancaster, playing golf, spending time with family and friends, and watching sports.
During one of our conversations while planning the funeral, the family shared a story of how close their parents were. They had been together since they were 14 years old. They married, but within 2 years they divorced each other. However, whenever one would go out the other would make a point to be there and make an appearance.
The couple later remarried and had a strong relationship with each other.
For the funeral services, I encouraged the daughter and son to bring photos of both of their parents pictured together because of how close their relationship was with each other. I also suggested that they bring the memorial candle that was used at their mother’s funeral to the father’s services to be placed with his.
I hoped that using both candles together would bring them some small comfort.
Tabitha (Huff) Lindsay is a former resident of Manheim and currently lives in Elizabethtown with her husband and soul-mate, Branden, and their two American Pitbull Terriers Bugatti & Natalya. She loves spending time with her horses Romeo, Jester and Ginger, and going trail riding. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities such as horseback riding, snowboarding, hiking and live musical entertainment.
She is a 2002 graduate from Manheim Central High School. She played field hockey for six years. In January 2007, she graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Kaplan, Harrisburg. She completed an internship with the Dauphin County Coroner’s Office.
In January 2008, Tabitha graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, Pittsburgh, were she studied to be a licensed funeral director and embalmer. She also received an Associate’s Degree in Specialized Business. After graduating Mortuary School, Tabitha moved to Glen Burnie, MD to complete her apprenticeship for Funeral Directing. She lived and worked there for two years at a local funeral home.
Tabitha has been a licensed funeral director since September 2009.
Many people tell me the most difficult step to pre-planning was finally deciding to set aside the time to schedule their visit.
I am truly passionate about my job because I know I am not only helping my clients but their families, too.
Jackie is a 1997 graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, and has been with the Charles F. Snyder Funeral home team since 1997. In 2002, Jackie became a Board Member of the Lancaster County Funeral Director’s Association, and in 2004 became the President of the Association. She was also vice-president of the former Lancaster County Senior Resource Group. She consistently receives the Outstanding Achievement in Service to Families Award, and is the recipient of the Multiple Sclerosis Society Leadership Award.
A Lititz Boro resident, Jackie enjoys spending time with her family which includes her husband Ed, son Jacob, daughter Norah and their Bernese mountain dog Max. Originally from Western Pa, she is a passionate Pittsburgh spots fan. Since moving to Lancaster County in 1997, Jackie has enjoyed everything the area has to offer.
At the end of the viewing at the high school, they played a popular song that expressed how much you miss someone after they’re gone. To this day, that memory and feeling of great loss sticks to me whenever I hear that song on the radio. It reminds me of how short life is and how important it is to tell those closest to me how much they mean to me.
Being a Funeral Director allows me to help guide those dealing with loss through the grieving process, and that means a great deal to me.
A native of West Virginia, Brian started working in the funeral profession during high school. But it wasn’t until after graduating from culinary school that he decided a career as a Funeral Director was his calling. He graduated from The Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 2005 and completed his internship to become a licensed funeral director the following year.
Brian is happily married to his wife Gretchen and the proud father of their “fur-kids,” cockapoos Ike and Finn. Brian and Gretchen are new residents of Millersville and are excited about living and getting involved in Lancaster County.
Brian enjoys camping, hunting, cooking, and spending quality time with his wife.
One of my favorite activities to do in Lancaster County is road biking. Near my home in Mount Joy are numerous back roads perfect for biking; long straight stretches through scenic farmland and lots of rolling hills, not to mention less traffic. I love the solitude biking offers, allowing me to get lost in thought while enjoying my surroundings. — Jonathan Moore Licensed Funeral Director
Our four funeral homes in Lancaster County makes it easy and convenient to make arrangements and host services close to home.