January 31, 1926 ~ June 6, 2022

Born in: Indianapolis, IN
Resided in: Indianapolis, IN

Elizabeth (Libby) Snelz, age 96, passed away peacefully on June 6, 2022 in Avon, Indiana. She was born January 31, 1926 in Indianapolis to Robert L. and Anna L. (Day) Hinch. She later moved with her family to Peoria, IL. She graduated from Bradley University in Peoria in 1947. While at Bradley she was involved in many activities including serving as the first president of the Chi Omega sorority chapter there. She met her husband, J. Stanton Snelz, at Bradley and they married on May 14, 1949. Together they raised five children.

Education was her passion. After graduation she taught grade school in Peoria and later taught at St. Patrick’s Catholic School in Washington, IL.

Libby’s family moved to Indianapolis in 1964, where she continued to devote herself to raising her growing family. She had many interests, including playing bridge, gardening, collecting shells and feeding the many stray cats who came to her door. She was an advocate for special needs children and adults and devoted much of her time to organizations that promoted inclusion for those with special needs. Over the years she volunteered for many organizations, including St. Vincent de Paul Society, Noble of Indiana and Funtastics. She also helped tutor young children in Lawrence Township. She was active at St. Lawrence Catholic Church where she became a Catholic in 2001, after many years of being an active non-Catholic member and parent. She was a member of the Colorado Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution. Her health finally forced her to slow down her activities at age 94.

Survivors include her children, Janet (Dennis) Haddix of Avon, IN, Eric Snelz of Phoenix, AZ, Edward Snelz of Westerville, OH, Joan Snelz of Tucson, AZ and Angela Snelz of Indianapolis, IN; three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; her brother, Robert Hinch of Peoria, IL and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

She appreciated her many long time friends, neighbors and fellow parishioners. Her family thanks all of you who have kept in touch with her as her health faltered.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11am on Friday, June 10, 2022 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 4650 N. Shadeland Avenue, with a gathering starting at 10am. Burial to follow at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, Fishers, IN.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:

Mail your check made payable to Funtastics and send it to:
702 N. DeQuincy St.
Indianapolis, In 46201

Mail your check made payable to Noble and send it to:
Attn: Development
7701 E. 21st Street
Indianapolis, IN 46219


Visitation: June 10, 2022 10:00 am - 11:00 am

St. Lawrence Catholic Church
4650 N. Shadeland Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46226

Mass of Christian Burial: June 10, 2022 11:00 am

St. Lawrence Catholic Church
4650 N. Shadeland Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46226

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  1. May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will be here to walk beside you in your journey of grief.

    Eddie Beagles and the staff of Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services

  2. Condolences to Libby Snelz family. May God grant you peace during this time. My son’s were involved in Special Olympics with her daughter Angela. She was a great person. She will truly be missed.
    Love Beth, Christopher, Richard.

  3. To all of you guys, your mom was always so sweet and kind to us while we were younger and well into our adult lives. She will be truly missed. It was a privilege to have known her. Such a joy to be around.

    Joe Schafer

  4. I know Libby from thefamtastic She be missed. My. Thoughts with Libby’s family. I sorry for your lose. We love seeing Libby at fantastic she. Was very loving lady. Christine, Rebecca, Sharon.love. From. All of us.

  5. I met Libby & Joan more than 30 years ago, and will always remember Libby as kind, thoughtful & funny! She was amazing & I always enjoyed our visits! Love & prayers to all the family during this hard time of loss.

  6. Mrs. Snelz was a kind and welcoming lady and I think of her very fondly. Sincere condolences to the Snelz family.

  7. Libby and all the Snelz family were such a big part of my childhood being next-door neighbors. My earliest recollections are filled with her and my mom spending endless hours talking, laughing, and probably conspiring over us kids and our antics. We kids are mostly scattered to the 4-corners now, but memories of those days form a strong foundation and still bring much joy. I can easily imagine her and my mom launching into all-new conversations and catching up now in Heaven. For us who remain – my very deepest condolences and very much love to all – until we meet again.

    • Thanks so much for taking time to come see us. I know it’s hard on a work day. It was so nice to see you, Tom, and your dad. So many good memories there from our days as neighbors. We really appreciate you taking the time to come see us.

  8. Libby was such a sweet person and kind person. What a wonderful life she had! Deepest Sympathies to all her family. May her memory be eternal.

  9. A beautiful and gracious lady, who was kind and generous to everyone whom she met.

  10. You will be very much a missing part of Funtastic club!! But you will always be with us!

  11. Condolences to Libby’s family. She will always be a highlight in our Funtastics Club’s memories. She was the planner and doer to make sure club activities came off without a hitch. Even when she visited in these later years she felt it was her role to get up and take care of business. Many of our members would call Libby to find out what was going on or just to tell her what was going on in their life. She always welcomed their calls. Just know Libby was loved by all of us in Funtastics.

  12. Joan, so sorry for your loss. Mom left us in 2008, still have hard times especially living in mom & dad’s house in Linton. Take care

    • Thank you Bill. It’s so great to hear from you! I think of you often and hope you are well. I was going through old pictures and found my nursing school graduation pictures with you and your mom. She was a great lady. Sending much love to you ♥️

  13. I am so sorry to hear of Libby’s passing. She was such a wonderful lady. She helped me invite guests to our Special Night Out event. I could not have done it without her. She always greeted everyone that came and knew so many of the guests. I have such fond memories of our time we would sit and go over her lists of who to invite. I really am sorry I did not get to attend her funeral mass. I just now read about her passing in our church bulletin.

  14. So sorry to hear about her passing- sending our sincere condolences and prayers for all the family. Treasure all the memories and May she Rest In Peace.
    Giorgio and Marisa Bittoni

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