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Shelby Jane "Janie" Snitker

February 12, 1942 — May 14, 2021

Shelby Jane "Janie" Snitker

Shelby Jane “Janie” Snitker, age 79, entered eternal rest on Friday, May 14, 2021 at Mercy

Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister,

and friend, she was surrounded by loved ones as she took her last breath - a true testament to

the devotion that was reciprocated by all lucky enough to be loved by her.


Janie was born in her family home in Belle, Missouri on February 12, 1942 to Keep and Blanche

(Belle) Mahaney. She was the fourth of six siblings, who lovingly referred to her as “Calamity

Jane” as a child due to her penchant for mischief. She remained at her family home in the

country until she was united in marriage to Gale Marcial Snitker on June 11, 1960. Together,

they had two children: Roland Dean Snitker and Jeffrey Lynn Snitker.


One to never waiver from her routine, Janie was an avid lunch-goer with the girlfriends she

made during her working careers at International Shoe Company, Ottenheimer, and MARSH.

Upon retirement from MARSH, she pursued what she did best - caring for and supporting her

loved ones.


Janie was a steadfast attendee of the Church of Christ, rarely missing a Sunday, Wednesday, or

Ladies Day. Her unwavering faith was an integral part of her life and her character, which is

evident by the family she raised.


Known for her iconic white hair, memorable laugh, and beautiful smile, it wasn’t hard to spot her

in a crowd. Janie’s pride was in her family, and she never missed a chance to spend quality time

with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was stern, but soft; strong, but

selfless; industrious, but gentle, and she had a sweet tooth unlike any other, which was

conveniently passed down to every member of her family.


Janie was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Gale; parents, Keep and Blanche;

sister, Ethel Runge; sister-in-laws, Janet Larson, Kathy Vaupel, and Sharon Snitker; and

brother-in-laws, Gorman Snitker, Fred Barnhouse, Roger Waters, Clark Larson, Steve Eldridge,

and Chuck Vaupel.


Janie is survived by her two sons, Roland and his wife Dione, and Jeffrey and his wife Marsha.

Four grandchildren - Shannon Snitker and wife Tori, Shawn Snitker and wife Hannah, Brock

Snitker and wife Christina, and Hannah (Snitker) McKinney and husband Ty. Eleven

great-grandchildren - Catelyne, Cade, Jillian, Berkley, Preston, Alyssa, Brandt, Corbin, Rhett,

Asa, and Sutton. Brothers and sisters - Ab Mahaney and wife Bonnie, Rick Mahaney and wife

Alanna, Linda Ridenhour and husband Marion, Sandy VanHeukelem and husband Norm, and

Elwood Runge along with many brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, and



Family, friends, and others whose lives Janie touched are invited to the visitation at Liberty

Church of Christ, Friday, May 21, 2021 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.


Funeral services will be at the Liberty Church of Christ, Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.


Expressions of sympathy may be made to Whetstone Boys Ranch, Mountain View, Missouri


Arrangements are under the direction of Sassmann’s Chapel, Belle, MO. (859-3712)


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Past Services


Friday, May 21, 2021

5:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Liberty Church of Christ

Belle, MO

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Funeral Service

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Liberty Church of Christ

Belle, MO

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Saturday, May 22, 2021

Starts at 12:00 pm (Central time)

Sassmann's Chapel - Bland

107 Ray St, Bland, MO 65014

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