Eileen Ruth Snyder, 69, Minot, died Wednesday, May 23, 2012, in a Minot hospital.
Eileen was born at home on June 23, 1942, in Minot, to Clarence and Irene (Stromstad) Westereng. She attended public school at Roosevelt Elementary and Minot High School, graduating with the class of 1960.
Eileen continued her education at Minot State Teacher's College. Her accomplishments included the opportunity to serve in the position of year book editor. In 1964, she earned a bachelor of science degree with a focus on English and journalism, preparing her for a career as an educator.
Eileen was joined in marriage to Lee Snyder on Dec. 19, 1964, at Zion Lutheran Church in Minot. She was a high school/college educator for the next 45 years, educating students at Minot High School, Bishop Ryan, Donnybrook, Minot State University and Burdick Job Corps until her retirement. In addition to teaching throughout her life she was an experienced seamstress, sewing costumes for the Minot High and Minot State theater troupes, as well as sewing draperies with her mother.
She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Minot, where she found great enjoyment teaching confirmation. Eileen enjoyed reading, collecting North Dakota Pottery, doing puzzles, games and playing all sorts of card games. She will be missed for her unmatched qualities as a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, teacher and friend.
Her loving family includes her devoted husband of 47 years, Lee Snyder, Minot; sons, Lyle (Emily) Snyder, Tyler, Minn., Leif Snyder, Minot, and Lynn Snyder, Jamestown; granddaughter, Astrid Irene Snyder; brothers, Allen Westereng, Minot, and Earl Westereng, Williston; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Eileen was preceded in death by her parents and a young sister, Norma Westereng, and a young brother, John Westereng.
Funeral Service: Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at 11 a.m., in Zion Lutheran Church, Minot.
There will be no reviewal, however, family and friends are invited to sign the memorial register on Monday, May 28, 2012, from 2 to 6 p.m., at Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot,
Memorials: In lieu of flowers and plants, memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society or to Zion Lutheran Church, Minot.
Those wanting to sign the online memorial register or share memories and condolences are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).