ROSEMONT, Penn. —Sister Suzanne “Sue” Snyder, 84, (Mother Gregory Mary) who was a Sister of the Holy Child Jesus for 64 years, died peacefully June 28.

Sister Sue brought great compassion along with a wonderful sense of humor to all she was involved in throughout her life.

She was born Feb. 20, 1936, in Buffalo, New York, to Earl and Helen Burns Snyder. Sister Sue always considered herself a Californian, since she moved to the Golden State at the age of 10.

Sister Sue entered the Society of the Holy Child Jesus after graduating from Mayfield Senior School of the Holy Child Jesus in Pasadena, California. Sister Sue earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles in 1964 and a master’s in English in American Literature from the University of Portland in 1970.

She taught in New Jersey, California, and in Portland at St. Charles School (1964-1966) and Holy Child Academy. Sister Sue worked in prison ministry and founded and directed the Social Service Center of Holy Cross Parish in South Central Los Angeles. Even while living with and caring for her aging mother, she worked part-time at the center. After her mother’s death in 1999, she became a court-appointed special advocate in San Diego, an arm of Voices for Children. She was enormously effective in her ministry with at-risk children.

She was preceded in death by her brother Greg. She is survived by her sister, Carol, a Franciscan, and her brothers Paul and John.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Society of the Holy Child Jesus – American Province, 1341 Montgomery Avenue, Rosemont, PA 19010, or make a gift online at