Carol Sneden

Carol L. Sneden (Nelson)

June 26, 1937 - June 25, 2019
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Carol Louise (Nelson) Sneden, age 82, a resident of Chelmsford for 58 years, passed away peacefully on June 25, 2019, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of David E. Sneden with whom she shared 59 years of marriage.

She was born in Staten Island, NY on June 26, 1937, and was the daughter of the late Robert P. and Emma (Bridge) Nelson.

She received a Bachelor’s in Education in 1958 from Oneonta State Teachers College and a Master’s in Education from Northeastern University in 1964. After her marriage to David in 1960, they moved to Massachusetts where she taught at the Bedford, Tyngsboro and Chelmsford public schools as a special needs teacher. She and her husband twice lived overseas on Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, in the 1970s and 1990s, where she worked with Marshallese children and taught courses for the University of Hawaii. She retired from the Chelmsford public schools in 1993.

She enjoyed vacationing in Aruba and Lake Winnipesaukee. Locally, she served for 15 years as a Chelmsford Library Trustee, was a member of the Chelmsford Republican Club, and was a past President of the Massachusetts Republican Women’s Club.

In addition to her loving husband, Carol is survived by her daughter Carol Anne Olive, her son David N. Sneden, and her grandsons; Russell and Stephen Olive and Nicholas and Joshua Sneden, all of Chelmsford. She is also survived by her brother Robert Nelson of Stroudsburg, PA, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She is pre-deceased by her sister Alice Ruch of Staten Island, NY.

Visitation will be held on Monday from 4 to 7 pm at the Blake Chelmsford Funeral Home, 24 Worthen St., Chelmsford.

Funeral Service at 11 o'clock on Tuesday at All Saints Episcopal Church, 10 Billerica Rd., CHELMSFORD. KINDLY MEET AT THE CHURCH.

Interment in Pine Ridge Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carol's name to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.

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  • Visitation

    July 1, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    July 1, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Blake Chelmsford Funeral Home
    24 Worthen Street
    Chelmsford, MA 01824
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  • Funeral Service

    July 2, 2019 | 11:00am
    July 2, 2019 11:00am
    All Saints Episcopal Church
    10 Billerica Road
    CHELMSFORD, MA 01824
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    Reverend William Bradbury
  • Interment

    July 2, 2019 |
    July 2, 2019
    Pine Ridge Cemetery
    130 Billerica Road
    CHELMSFORD, MA 01824
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Posted at 09:32am
We met Carol when we moved to Chelmsford in 1968. We found Carol to be a very good friend and special Lady, She will be missed by all who knew her.
George and Dee Feeney

Muriel L McGrann

Posted at 12:17am
A most gifted kind and generous woman that warmed the hearts of all who new her.To Dave,Carol Ann, and David and the four grandsons,I am so sorry for your loss. Carol is now at peace, pain free and resting with the Lord. Carol will long be remembered and dearly missed by many of us.Your friendship will always be a treasure that I will always hold close to my heart. May the blessing of the Lord comfort you all in this time of great sorrow. .............Muriel McGrann

Becky Herrmann

Posted at 01:03pm
I worked with Carol for many years during her 15 year stint as a Chelmsford Library trustee. She was a strong advocate for the library, a thoughtful and caring member of the Chelmsford community and a wonderful supporter of education and reading. She attended our large library events faithfully and enthusiastically helped wherever she could. I will miss her great smile, her commitment to volunteerism, her grace and sense of style and the kindness that she shared with everyone she met. She was a lovely lady and will be very much missed. My condolences to your family.

Becky Herrmann, Library Director, Chelmsford Public Library

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