Doris Maurine Snedeker

Doris Maurine Snedeker, 100, of LaGrange Park, a former longtime resident of Hinsdale Burr Ridge, died May 25, 2024.

Born in 1924 in Fayette, Mo., Maurine grew up in Boonville, Mo. and graduated from high school in 1942 and McMurry College in Jacksonville, Ill., in 1946. During her sophomore year of high school she won the Missouri state oratorical contest sponsored by a U.S. congressman and won a trip for her family to visit Washington, D.C. This led to her interest in writing, and after college graduation she worked in Kansas City at an advertising agency. She met her future husband, Frank Samuel "Sam" Snedeker through a college friend (Sam's sister) while visiting her family in Jerseyville, Ill. Sam visited Maurine in Kansas City multiple times, traveling out of his way from business trips, and they married in December 1947.

Maurine and Sam started a family and moved from Tulsa to Louisville to Cincinnati and then to Hinsdale in 1963, where they built a house on Adams Street. They were active in Union Church and later Christ Church of Oak Brook when it started in the late 1960s. Sam died in 1977, and Maurine dedicated her time to her church and giving back.

In 1989, Maurine moved from their house in Hinsdale to Chasemoor in Burr Ridge where she spent 18 years. In 2007, she moved to Plymouth Place where she had an apartment and subsequently moved into assisted living before her passing.

Maurine loved to travel and play bridge. She volunteered at Christ Church and for Christian Ministries, Love Christian Clearing House, Ask Ministry and many charities. She served as a deacon and elder at Christ Church and was active in PEO Sisterhood since 1947. Her happiest times were with family. She spoke often of the many, many blessings she had along her way.

Maurine's family enjoyed a celebration of her life together on her 100th birthday in February.

Always poised and elegant, she had a servant's heart and loved to care for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to check in on and visit anyone in need. Maurine was an encourager, always there to lift people up. She had a warm smile and sweet spirit that brightened the day of all that crossed her path. This stayed with her until the end of her life.

She is survived by her three children, Sue Fredrickson, Ruth Snedeker and Bill (Laura) Snedeker; her six grandchildren, Clayton (Amanda) Fredrickson, Sarah (Eric) Falke, Julia (Patrick) Fillnow, Chadwick (Abby) Snedeker, Kathryn (Jon) Worden and Davis Snedeker; and her 12 great-grandchildren, Liam and Logan Fredrickson, Roman and Nixon Falke, Anna, Gabrielle, Samantha and Seth Fillnow, Ford and Maeve Snedeker and Emmylou and Henry Worden.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at Plymouth Place, 315 N. LaGrange Road, LaGrange Park.

A private burial will take place in Jerseyville.

Memorials may made online to Christ Church of Oak Brook at or Plymouth Place at

Brian Powell Funeral Directors of Hinsdale handled the arrangements.