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Helen Snyder Hoskins

Helen Snyder Hoskins, 91, of Oberlin, died Wednesday, April 9, 2008, at Kendal at Oberlin Health Center. She was born April 2, 1917, in Mount Vernon, N.Y.

She lived in the Oberlin area since 1998, coming from Jacksonville, Fla. She was a member of the Oberlin Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and the local League of Women Voters. She was a graduate of Oberlin College Conservatory in 1940 with a bachelor’s degree in Music in Organ. She was the chairman of the National Guild of Piano Teachers in Jacksonville for 15 years and was also a private piano teacher for many years. She was organist and choir director in Springfield Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville.

Mrs. Hoskins was a member of the National Music Teachers Association in Jacksonville and the Jacksonsville chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

She is survived by sons, Warren S. Hoskins of Miami, Walter B. Hoskins, of Tallahassee, Fla.;  daughters, Karyl Ann Lee, of Oberlin and Dorothy Jean Hoskins of Honeoye Falls, N.Y.; and sister-in-law, Etta Ruth Weigl of Oberlin.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Barnes Hoskins, who was an American composer and fellow graduate of Oberlin Conservatory; parents Francis Jr. and Julia Frances Snyder; and sister, Ruth Krzewski.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, April 14, 2008, in Kendal at Oberlin. There will be a private family burial in Weston, W.Va., at a later date.

Cowling Funeral Home of Oberlin is handling local arrangements.


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