BRINY BREEZES — Julia “Judy” Okum Snyder of Briny Breezes died Feb. 4, at the Montage in Yardville, New Jersey. She was 92.
She was born on March 1, 1927, in Yardley, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Catherine and Morris Okum. As Julia Okum, she graduated from Cathedral High School in Trenton, New Jersey, in 1945 and went to work at Bell Telephone, where she met her future husband, Russell J. Snyder. They worked together to establish Valentine’s Inc., a successful office machine and furniture company.
While raising her five children, Mrs. Snyder pursued her passions for gardening, bird watching, reading, traveling and physical fitness. She completed President Kennedy’s Fitness Challenge in the 1960s by swimming 72 miles in one summer and earned an associate’s degree in horticulture from Mercer County Community College.
Eventually the couple purchased a winter home in Deerfield Beach and a summer place in Ocean Pines, Maryland. They enjoyed many happy years in both communities before settling permanently in Briny Breezes and in The Woodlands in Ocean Pines, Maryland.
On Feb. 26, the couple would have celebrated 71 years of marriage.
Mrs. Snyder is survived by her husband, Russell, and their children: Julia (Robert) Kohut, Berlin, Maryland; Suzanne (Joseph T.) Snyder-Carroll, Briny Breezes; Cathy Worek, Fallsington, Pennsylvania; Russell (Stacy) Snyder Jr., Feasterville, Pennsylvania; Mark (Barbara Bradway) Snyder, Washington’s Crossing, Pennsylvania; sister-in-law Rita O’Brien, San Antonio; seven grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.
A Mass and memorial service will be held in New Jersey and a celebration of life gathering will be held in Briny Breezes at the convenience of the family. Donations may be made to Catholic Charities and Briny Breezes Charities.
Obituary submitted by the family.