Rev. William H. Snyder, 89, social services director

August 31, 2002

The Rev. William Henry Snyder, a retired minister and a Harford County social services director, died Sunday after heart surgery at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 89 and lived in Towson.

He was pastor of what is now Olive Branch Good Shepherd United Methodist Church on Fort Avenue during the 1950s and 1960s.

Born in Middleburg, Pa, he was raised in Hampden and attended City College in the 1920s before graduating from Berwick High School in Berwick, Pa. He earned a degree in architectural engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He later received master's degrees in theology and social work from the University of Pennsylvania.

In 1940, he was ordained in the Evangelical United Brethren Church and assigned to a congregation in Dorsey. In addition to his ministry, he was a social worker for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services' protective juvenile division. In the 1960s he directed Harford County's social services department.

Services were held Wednesday.

He is survived by Cordella Funk, his wife of 62 years; twin daughters, Karen Snyder Ullman of Boynton Beach, Fla., and Sandra G. Berkenfeld of North Palm Beach, Fla.; and two grandchildren.

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