Diane Dolores (Woods) Snyder, a fifth generation Californian whose ancestors helped settle the Sepulveda district of Los Angeles, lost her struggle with myriad health issues August 30, 2021. She was 80 years old.
Born March 11, 1941, at Queen of Angels Hospital in Los Angeles to Marie Sanchez Woods and Darwin Donald “Doc” Woods. At age 4, the family, which included brother Donald, moved to Orange, Texas. They lived there for about 10 years before Doc was recalled by U.S. Steel to the L.A. area, and they resettled in Fullerton (Orange County).
Ms. Woods graduated Fullerton High and earned an AA degree from Fullerton Community college and worked as a chairside dental assistant. She also met and married newspaper reporter Lou Calvert in 1961. Two daughters later they moved to San Jose in 1967 and were gifted with another daughter. They divorced in 1973.
The effervescent Diane worked at the AAA branch in Los Gatos, Westinghouse Credit Corp. and Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto where she was financial computer systems manager. In that role she met the affable Glen R. Snyder who was a “computer guy.” His humorous banter and intelligence captured her rapt attention, resulting in a courtship that turned into a 32-year marriage. Together, they reaffirmed their Catholic faith and were active parishioners at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Los Gatos. They also became actively involved in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul where Diane served as secretary.
She suffered a stroke in 1992 and took an early medical retirement. Always a strong-willed individual, the past few years have been fraught with numerous medical situations.
Multiple surgeries as a small child to correct a leg birth defect allowed her to walk – and dance – normally. She lived her life with good humor, made strong friendships with many and approached each day with zeal. Her laughter in conversations with friends was contagious. When her husband developed macular degeneration and became legally blind, she stepped up to become the family chauffeur until weeks before her final hospitalization. Diane and Glen loved taking drives to Santa Cruz and Monterey to enjoy the beach and ocean waves. She loved learning new things, read the morning newspaper every day, cover to cover, as well as playing along with Jeopardy every evening.
Predeceased by parents, brother and son-in-law (Eric Pedersen).
Survived by husband Glen R. Snyder; daughters Julie (Calvert) Stephens (Harry) of Ridgecrest, Victoria (Calvert) Pedersen of Campbell and Lara Calvert-York of Los Gatos; stepsons, Douglas Snyder of Clearlake, Scott Snyder, and Greg Snyder (Michelle) of Maryland; grandchildren Sierra Greene, Chris Stephens, Kane York, Scott Steele Snyder, Sam Stephens, Riley York, Sienna Snyder, Tessa Snyder, Everett Snyder; great-grandchildren Parker Stephens, Hayden Stephens and Avery Greene.
Services will be held on Tuesday, September 14 at 11:00 am.
St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Los Gatos. Reception immediately follows in the courtyard. Interment at Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Los Altos.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Society of St. Vincent de Paul - St. Mary Los Gatos Conference.
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