Casey Jonae Snyder, age 19, of McClellandtown, PA, passed away suddenly Friday, April 12, 2019. She was born on June 16, 1999 in Uniontown, PA, the daughter of Kathleen Pikula Watson of McClellandtown, PA and Michael F. Snyder and wife Jackie of Uniontown, PA. Casey was preceded in death by her maternal Grandfather Charles Pikula of Uniontown, PA. Casey was a graduate of Albert Gallatin High School with the class 2017 and then she attended Slippery Rock University for one year following high school graduation.
Casey had a strong dedication and passion for dance. She was an elegant and graceful dancer both on and off the stage. She trained intensively for 12 years, at Koza and Co. in Uniontown PA under the direction of Penny Koza, at Company G in Perryopolis, PA under the direction of Apryle Herczeg, and at Kat and Co. in Morgantown WV under the direction of Katreena Snyder. She was also a member of Millenium Dance Complex in Pittsburgh, PA. She also received training through Dance Masters of Pennsylvania and participated in dance workshops and training with some of the top leading choreographers in the industry, including with Will Thomas, Aaron Czuprenski, Corrie Wyse, Chantel Aguirre, Yanis Marshall, Braham Logan Crane, Tokyo, and Russian Ballet Master Mansur Kamaletd inov. She danced competitively and traveled extensively to various competitions across the east coast. Her favorite dance competitions were Starquest International and ASH (Artists Simply Human). In 2014 she was accepted into the National Circus School in Montreal Canada where she underwent 2 weeks of intensive training in the Circus Arts. She won many platinum awards throughout the years for her extraordinary dance talent and technique. Casey loved getting costumes custom made at the Barre Room with Crystal, Deb, and Rosemary. She was adored, respected and loved by many in the dance community. Casey was a beautiful person inside and out she was a light in this world. She touched the lives of many people not just in the dance community.
Casey left behind many memories for us to carry on with and hold in our hearts forever. In addition to her parents, left to cherish Casey’s memory are her two brothers Tyler Watson and fiancée Heather Rattay of Stalstown, PA, and Patrick Snyder of McClellandtown PA and girlfriend Tahlyn Hoburn of Mount Pleasant, PA; Maternal Grandmother, Shirley Pikula of McClellandtown, PA; and Paternal Grandparents, Linda Wilson and Michael Snyder; Maternal Aunt Teresa Ferguson of Uniontown, PA; Maternal Uncles, Charles Pikula and wife Dana of Kansas and Michael Pikula and wife Caroline of Hopwood, PA; Paternal Aunts, Chris Snyder and husband Chris Sotak; Tracy Orlando and husband Alan of New Stanton, PA; Jonetta Stepanik and husband Lou of new Stanton, PA; and Patti Synder; many cousins and her favorite Priest Father John Szczesny.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the ANDREW D. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIES, INC., 80 Morgantown St., Uniontown, PA where the family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 17th from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M. and Thursday April 18th from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M. Visitation will continue on April 19th from 10-11 A.M. followed by a service celebrating Casey’s life at 11 A.M. with Rev. Don Henderson and Father John Szczesny officiating. Interment will be private. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Casey’s cousin, Linzy Jeffries and uncle, Andy Ferguson for their compassionate care of Casey.
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