Lansing, Michigan

Joan “Honey” VanDervoort Snider (87) passed away in Hospice on November 23, 2015, after a sudden health failure.  She was born in Lansing on November 3, 1928, to Edward & Betty VanDervoort.

Joan was a loving, thoughtful, generous, positive force – and she will be greatly missed.

Joan graduated from East Lansing High School, DePauw University, and earned her master’s degree at MSU. She taught in Menominee, MI, Pattengill Junior High, and in Germany before launching her 30-year counseling career at Eastern High School. Joan was devoted to her students – and passionately supported their lives, academics, sports & activities. Joan was a career counselor for the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYETP), and after retiring from Eastern she was the advisor for MSU’s CHAMP (honors math) program, and was the photographer for MSU Spartan Baseball.

Joan was a member of the Lansing Junior League, Kappa Alpha Theta Alumni, MEA, and DAR. She was on the board of directors of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and volunteered at the Ingham County Juvenile Home and Sparrow Hospital.

Joan was raised a Christian Scientist, and then served as the Youth Organizer at Central United Methodist Church. She was also an active member of Mayflower Congregational Church and Unity of Greater Lansing.

Joan was the recipient of many awards and honors which included the 1985 Lansing School District Outstanding Contribution Award, the 2003 Dick Letts Youth and Community Service Award, 2010 Community Leadership Award through the Lansing Wrestling Officials Association, and was inducted into both the Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame and the Eastern Athletic Hall of Fame.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents, sister & brother-in-law Nanette & William G. Martin, and sons Brad and Kurt (Kim Hayes) Snider. She is survived by daughter Nanette Snider, grandsons Jonathan & Daniel Hurlbutt, and special cousins: Cynthia (Jeff) Colton, John (Wendy) Martin, Natalie (Greg) Smith, Van (Sharon) Martin, Jim Bitzer, Janet (Mike) Riordan, and their children & grandchildren – who were each so precious to her.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 12, 2015, in the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel with the Rev. Melanie Baker officiating. Her family will receive friends at the funeral home from 9:00 a.m. until service time on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lansing – Stoneleigh Residence, 3411 Stoneleigh Drive, Lansing, MI 48910 or to MSU Baseball through the Spartan Fund, Michigan State University, Spartan Way, 535 Chestnut Rd – Room 200, East Lansing, MI 48824 – 4005 or by calling 517-432-4610.

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    Darlene & Jeff Geswein Says:

    Nanette, I’m so sorry for the loss of you mother. I was sadden when I opened the Christmas card from you and realized that Joan passed. She had such a beautiful spirit . She loved her MSU baseball players. She was a very thoughtful lady, giving us pictures and articles every week. Even when Kyle graduated, I would get a card in the mail from her with more pictures or articles that she found. I want you to know, me and my family are truly blessed to have known her. Joan will forever live in our hearts. Keeping you in our prayers. Thank your for sharing her with us.

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    Jenny McCampbell Says:

    I had the immense pleasure of working with Joan when she was the CHAMP counselor, and I was the coordinator of the program. She did a wonderful, supportive job of working with the students as they participated in a challenging program for mathematically gifted students in grades 7 – 10. She obviously loved students, people in general, and MSU baseball among other things. With her sense of humor and her positive outlook she brightened the day for all around her. She was a real treasure.

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    Jeff Holmes Says:

    Ms Snider was my counsellor, and she was instrumental in making sure I had the best teachers and classes that Eastern could offer. It took several years for me to realize that so many accomplishments were because of her efforts to steer me toward my strengths, and then she would tell me how proud she was that I did it myself! Many of us at Eastern succeeded because of her guidance. I was so grateful she attended my graduation from medical school and shared our celebration. We all realized that event was partly the culmination of her wisdom and guidance. She is the great example of the life well-lived, measured by how many people were blessed by her attention. She is a gift to us all.

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    George Petroff Says:

    Nanette, So sorry to hear about your Mom. Growing up she was always there with a smile and kind word. Her “glass always half full” attitude was catching and for all of us who knew her, there is nothing but fond memories. God Bless you and all the other family members. She will be missed, but our memories of Joan will always be good.

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