With great sadness, we share the news of Lavar’s passing on Saturday, November 12, 2022, in her 89th year.
Lavar was born on July 16th, 1934, in Grey Township to Eva and Eddie Machan. She was the beloved wife for 60 years of the late David Ross Snyder and will be greatly missed by her children, Barbara (Dale Howey) and Dan (Tracey), and her grandchildren Cameron, Jacob, Matthew, and Christopher.
Lavar is survived by her sister Margaret, sisters-in-law Ruth and Carolyn, Dave’s siblings: Diane (Wilson), Stuart (Ann), and Alan (Cathy), as well as many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her sisters and brothers Dolores (Charles), Reta (Donald), Donald, and Doug, and brother-in-law Bob.
After graduating from Listowel high school, Lavar began her teaching career at the age of 17 after some preparatory summer school courses. She subsequently graduated from the teacher’s college in Stratford, Ontario, and then taught for about ten years in many places around Southern Ontario. After meeting and marrying Dave, she took a few years’ break to have a family. Lavar was never comfortable with sitting still though, and when the family moved to Mississauga and Barb and Dan were ready to start school, she resumed her teaching career for another 20 years. In the classroom, she was committed to making sure her students learned! Over the years, she taught hundreds of students to read and, therefore, to keep learning. We know she inspired at least one author, and it was her great hope that she inspired all the others to their own successes. She continued to help students well into her retirement years – tutoring the children of neighbours and friends. She also volunteered delivering meals on wheels for 25 years.
Throughout her life, Lavar was devoted to her family and friends. She was intensely proud of everyone’s accomplishments and will be remembered for hosting many fun-filled gatherings at her beloved home, for camping trips, for summer cottage vacations, for her strawberry jam, chocolate chip cookies, and apple crisp…
Family and friends may call at the Turner & Porter ‘Neweduk’ Chapel, 1981 Dundas Street West, Mississauga, on Thursday, November 24, 2022, from 1-4 p.m.
For those who wish, donations may be made to The Red Cross