Honorable Patrick L. Snyder
Oct. 20, 1935 — April 22, 2015
Patrick L. Snyder was born on October 20, 1935, and was a lifelong resident of Oconomowoc. He passed away peacefully after a short battle with pulmonary fibrosis on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at Aurora St. Luke’s Hospital with family at his side.
Patrick was a lifelong member of St. Jerome’s Catholic Church and a man of strong faith. He graduated from Oconomowoc High School in 1953, Notre Dame (cum laude) in 1957, and Marquette Law School in 1960.
He was a valued member of the legal community after serving as the Oconomowoc city attorney for 15 years, Waukesha County judge for 25 years, and a mediator for 12 years.
Patrick had a strong devotion to the community and was involved with Oconomowoc Lions Club, American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, United Way and Knights of Columbus. He was also a frequent lecturer on alcohol and chemical dependency topics as well as the Rogers Memorial Hospital Board Vice President and on the Board of Directors for the Oconomowoc Area Foundation.
Patrick loved nothing more than spending time with family and friends.
He relished in his monthly poker nights and started every morning with an iced coffee from his second family at Starbucks. Turtle or hot fudge sundaes were a regular treat and he never met a plate of spaghetti he didn’t like.
His family remembers his witty sense of humor, but more importantly, the example he set and the honor and integrity woven into everything he did.
Patrick was the son of John and Lillian Snyder, who preceded him in death, as did his sister Anne (Snyder) Griffin and brothers John Jr. and Tom. He is survived by Luly Snyder, his beloved wife of 52 years; his daughters Sue (Jeff) Moroski and Amy (Richard) Russell; and son Michael (Stacey) Snyder.
He was adored by grandchildren Molly, Becca, Brent, Tyler, Cole, Maggie, Anna Kate, Madeline and Michael, as well as his sister in law, Joan (Snyder) Hughes. He is also survived by other relatives and friends.
Visitation was Tuesday, April 28, at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church in Oconomowoc. A funeral Mass and burial followed.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to Oconomowoc Area Foundation, Rogers Memorial Hospital and St. Jerome’s Church.