Albert L. Snyder of 4621 E. State St., Hermitage, passed away Friday, April 21, 2006, after a long, good life. He was 88.

A lifelong resident of Hermitage, Al was born Dec. 19, 1917, in Hickory Township, the fourth son of Harry E. and Crissie Fair Snyder.

Al served in the Army from April 26, 1942, to Jan. 15, 1946.

He married Virginia Newell on July 22, 1950, and was a self-employed building contractor.

Beginning in 1969, he ran the former Wilhelm Apple Orchard on East State Street until last summer.

Al was an active member of New Virginia United Methodist Church, Hermitage, where he served as a teacher, trustee and chairman of the administrative board. He was actively involved in the building of the church parsonage, educational unit and the present sanctuary.

He was a charter member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Hickory Post 6166, Hermitage, and was best known for quietly helping others that had a need.

Surviving are: his wife, Virginia; a son, Jon David and his wife Robin, Hermitage; a daughter, Faye Maguire, Denver; seven grandchildren, Daniel, Leah, Jared and Luke Snyder, Hermitage; Maureen Schade and her husband Danny, Boulder, Colo.; and Clayton and Molly Maguire, Denver; and a daughter-in-law, Donna Snyder, Hermitage.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Beth Lynn; a son, Neil Edward; and four brothers, James M., Clifford H., Ralph W. and Paul L. Snyder.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations by made to the memorial fund of New Virginia United Methodist Church, 1100 S. Keel Ridge Road, Hermitage 16148.

SNYDER

Albert L. Snyder, 88, of 4621 E. State St., Hermitage.

Calling hours: 5 to 8 p.m. Monday (4-24-06) in SAMPLE-O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME Inc., East State Street at North Oakland Avenue, Sharon. Please feel free to send condolences or sign the online memorial guest register book at www.sampleodonnell.com

Service: The earthly remains of Mr. Snyder will lie in state from 10:30 a.m. to time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. Tuesday (4-25-06) in New Virginia United Methodist Church, 1100 S. Keel Ridge Road, Hermitage, with the Rev. Michelle Wobrak, pastor, officiating.

Burial: Morefield Cemetery, Hermitage, with military honors by the Army Funeral Honor Guard, Pittsburgh Military District.