Praising her unwavering desire to help her community, members of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg honored former club president Karen F. Snider, who died on Jan. 12. She was 77.
“Nobody in the club more inspired me and humbled me by her accomplishments,’’ said President Stephen J. Feinour during the May 1 lunch at the Harrisburg Hilton. “Karen really set the bar high for service in our community.’
Pictured from left: U.S. District Court Judge Yvette Kane; Karen Snider’s husband, Jack; Betty Hungerford, immediate past president; President Stephen J. Feinour.
U.S. District Court Judge Yvette Kane read the following resolution honoring Karen:
THE ROTARY CLUB OF HARRISBURG RESOLUTION IN MEMORY OF KAREN F. SNIDER
The Rotary Club of Harrisburg is deeply saddened by the loss of Karen F. Snider who passed away on January 12, 2017, at the age of 77. We memorialize Karen by adopting this resolution, recognizing her many professional achievements and tireless service to our club and community.
WHEREAS: Karen F. Snider, born in Reading, Pennsylvania on January 4, 1940, was the oldest of five daughters of The Reverend Howard C. and Margaret Goeringer. In 1961, Karen began a long and happy marriage of 57 years to Jack Snider. She was a devoted mother to sons Kip and Todd, and a devoted grandmother to Francesca, John, and Sophia.
WHEREAS: On graduation from Susquehanna University in 1961 with a degree in social work, Karen embarked upon an iconic career in public service. She steadily rose through the ranks of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare from social worker to Deputy Secretary for Mental Health Services. In 1991, her expertise and leadership were recognized when Governor Robert P. Casey named Karen to his cabinet as Secretary of the Department of Public Welfare. Karen served with distinction, leading one of the largest agencies of state government in the nation, and inspiring many women to follow in public service.