Dorothy Jane Snead, Formerly of Ephrata, registered nurse, did healthcare mission projects

By on November 15, 2017

Dorothy Jane Snead, of Cross Keys Village, New Oxford, formerly of Ephrata, died Saturday Nov. 4, following several months’ affliction with cancer.

Born Oct. 12 1926, and raised in the town of Holtwood, Dot grew up with her parents, and brothers, Robert and Jay.

She trained at St. Joseph Hospital in Lancaster, earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing and becoming a registered nurse.

Dorothy maintained a lifetime dedication to nursing and medicine. Her energy and talents touched the lives of many hospitalized and private patients, including those encountered on two health care mission projects in Honduras, as well as the lives of friends and family members.

Dorothy married Paul Pollock of Lancaster, who succumbed to chronic illness shortly after the couple moved from Silver Spring, Md. to Ephrata, with their two daughters, Susan and Patricia.

Widowed, in 1956, she again married, to Rev. Paul Snead, then pastor of Bethany Evangelical and Reformed Church (now UCC) of Ephrata. Dorothy subsequently adopted Paul’s children, Carol and Philip, whose mother was deceased. Daughter Margaret was born in 1958.

Dorothy and Paul Snead remained married 45 years until Paul’s death in 2001. Over the decades, Dorothy’s family lived and actively supported Paul’s ministry to congregations in Ephrata, in Stoneleigh (Towson), Md., and in Dover. From 1998 to her death, she resided in Cross Keys Village, The Brethren Home Community.

Surviving Dorothy are her children: Philip Snead, Patricia Deller, and Margaret Miller; her grandchildren: Jennifer Bird, Lisa Clark, Nicolas Deller, Gene Miller, and Andrew Miller; her great-grandchildren: Zachary Bird and Savannah Clark; and her brother: Jay Newswanger.

Among family who died during her lifetime were her brother: Robert Newswanger; her daughters: Carol Fisher and Susan Hendley; and her grandson: Jerald Paul Deller.

Subsequent to cremation of Dorothy’s remains, a memorial service and committal for all wishing to celebrate and commemorate her life of love, dedication and service will take place Saturday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m., at Dover United Church of Christ, 45 W Canal St, Dover. The Rev. Eva O’Diam will officiate. A reception will follow in the social hall of the church.

Donations in Dorothy’s memory are gratefully encouraged in lieu of flowers, to Dover UCC and/or their Handbell Project, to the “June Project” of MMI Canada (, or to The Brethren Home Foundation’s Good Samaritan Fund (

Arrangements by Cremation Society of Pennsylvania, Inc. Condolences may be offered at

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