Joanne A. Clough Snyder

Joanne A. (Kurtz) Clough Snyder, 82, of Fultonville passed away early Sunday morning at St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam with her family by her side.

Joanne was born in Hahnemann Hospital in Worcester, MA (pronounced Wis-tah) on June 5, 1931, to the late Frank W. Kurtz and Frances E. Wallace. She grew up in Leicester, Millbury, and Worcester. At age 13, her mother passed away. Her father remarried to the former Edith E. Alberda.

During her teenage years, she worked summers in Princeton, MA, at her aunt Avonis Montgomery’s tourist house. She was a frequent patron of Worcester’s Boulevard Diner and could often be found dancing at White City on Lake Quinsigamond. Joanne graduated from the David Hale Fanning Trade School for Girls in Worcester.

She met her first love, Byron B. Clough, when her stepmother began ironing shirts for his father. They eloped on September 30, 1950, but did not tell many people until Byron graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Joanne worked briefly as a clerk at Woolworth’s in Worcester.

Byron and Joanne worked and lived on farms across Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York. They moved to Montgomery County in 1971, living in Fonda and Fort Plain. Byron passed away July 31, 1982.

Joanne met John H. Snyder at a friend’s camp on Sacandaga Lake. They were married June 28, 1986, in Guilderland.

Joanne was a self-avowed “tough stubborn German;” her true legacy however, was as a devoted mother and homemaker. The world will never again know her great whoopee pies and snicker doodles or chicken and rice, baked beans, and German potato salad. Joanne was a professional seamstress and made many outfits and Halloween costumes for her children and grandchildren. She could hand smock a dress like no other.

She is survived by her husband, John H. Snyder of Fultonville; a step-mother, the former Edith E. Alberda of Plano, TX; five children, Byron Dale Clough and his wife Audrey Adams of New Lebanon, NY, Rebecca Clough of Salt Lake City, UT, Melanie Clough Weitz of Fultonville, NY, Kurt D. Clough of Charleston, NY, and Paul C. Clough and his wife Barbara Rotundo of Dolgeville, NY; thirteen grandchildren, Jodi, Cameron (Sara), Allyson, Allysia, Allana, Colin, Tarah, Canden, Regina, Nicolette and Austin Clough, William (Crysta-Anne) and Ryan Weitz; two great-grandchildren, Kyle and Emma Clough; a sister, Priscilla J. (Kurtz) Field of Plano, TX; a sister-in-law, Katherine C. (Morang) Clough of Charlton, MA; close family friends, Ronald Buanno, Anna Wozniak, and Leane Matis; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and her beloved Scottie “Belle.”

In addition to her late husband and parents, her siblings Frank W. Jr., Dorothy M., and Wallace L. Kurtz, a dear friend Phyllis Mueller of St. Johnsville, and her cherished Schnauzer “Mollea” predeceased Joanne.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Montgomery County SPCA, P.O. Box 484, Amsterdam, NY 12010. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Jackson and Betz Funeral Home, 15 Main St. Fultonville, NY 12072.

Joanne’s family would like to take this opportunity to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at St. Mary’s Hospital. Thank you to Dr. Kasovsky of the ER, Dr. Benoit, Mickey Crandal, Vonny, Lydia, Lorraine and Greg. A special thank you to all of the CNA’s along with Xinia and Julie for allowing our family to spend time with our mother and carry out all of our wishes with dignity and respect. And to all who made our mother’s final days with us easier and comforting a huge thanks to you all!

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