Carolyn E. Snellman, age 55, of Bethlehem PA, died Saturday, May 20, 2006 at the VNA Hospice of St. Luke's, Bethlehem PA. She is the wife of Allan P. Snellman.

Born in Fountain Hill PA, she is the daughter of Emil and Alice (Yoshar) Krchnavi of Hellertown PA. She was a much loved and admired Music Teacher at the Saucon Valley Elementary Schools from 1972 - 2002, with most of her students knowing her as Ms. Williams. Carolyn has inspired countless students to appreciate the power of music and to make it a special part of their lives. She worked at the Pennsylvania Youth Theatre as a Private Vocal Instructor for the past 3 years.

She earned an MA in Music Education from West Chester University and has studied with the Robert Shaw Chorale at Westminster Choir College. She was a Member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem. She performed on almost every stage in the Lehigh Valley, including but not limited to, the Municipal Opera Company Productions, Pennsylvania Playhouse Productions, Shephard Hills Dinner Theatre, Ramada Inn Murder Mystery Theatre, Saucon Valley Fine Arts, and Rodale Theatre. She was a part of the Hellertown Centennial Committee and an active fundraiser for the American Cancer Society through the Saucon Valley Relay for Life with her team "Voices of Hope."

In addition to her loving Husband who she has been with for the past 13 years, she is survived by her Parents and Step Sons, Brett A. of Bethlehem PA and Bryan J. of Philadelphia PA; Brother, Paul J. and his wife Bonnie and their children, Tyler and Karlee of Quakertown PA; a network of devoted Friends; and her beloved dog Skeeter.

Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at the First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, 2344 Center Street, Bethlehem. A visitation period will be held from 3:00 - 5:00 and 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Heintzelman Funeral Home, Inc., 326 Main Street, Hellertown. Interment to follow services at the Union Cemetery of Hellertown.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to the Carolyn Snellman Memorial Scholarship Award (to be established at Saucon Valley High School) c/o the Funeral Home, 326 Main Street, Hellertown 18055.

Dear Al and Family

It was a pleasure to have met you and Carolyn at the PANCAN symposium. We feel privileged to have known her for that short time. She was a very thoughtful and kind lady. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family during these difficult days. We will continue our fight against this dreaded disease and we will do all we can to help find a cure so more will not have to die. With love and prayers. Winnie & Butch Kaschub Madison, WI
Wednesday, December 27, 2006 3:51 PM EST

I was a student of Mrs Williams. She was always one of my favorite teachers. All the children at Saucon Valley loved her and will remember her always. One of my favorite childhood memories are the Christmas Concerts we used to do in elementary school. Mrs Williams truly loved her students and she was loved in return.

Rachel Kade (Behum) (Bethlehem, PA )
June 3, 2006

Dear Carolyn,

Although I may not have known you or ever gotten a chance to meet you, your passion for theatre has reach even my ears. I am a part of Freedom High School's theatre company and would like to express my deepest sympathy towards Mr. Snellman (our athletic director). Carolyn, your love for music and theatre and the arts is something I am glad you cherished and carried throughout your entire life. Thank you for all the dedication you had coming to our shows. I truly appreciate it will always be remembered.

Thursday, June 01, 2006 10:53 PM EST


You have touched my heart so much. You taught me a whole different meaning of music. You were an amazing instructor. I will miss so much, but I know that you are in God's hands now. I will remember you always and you'll always be in my heart.

Merissa (PYT Student)
Tuesday, May 30, 2006 8:12 PM EST

To family and friends of Ms. Williams:

Ms. Williams was a sweet and beautiful person and a wonderful music teacher. I have only good memories of her. I am sorry for your loss.

Kelly Gehris-Miller (Saucon Valley- Class of 1996)
Sunday, May 28, 2006 12:39 PM EST

Al and sons, Mr. & Mrs. Krchnavi, Paul, Bonnie and children,

Please accept my deepest expression of sympathy at this time of your profound loss. Carolyn and I were close in our teens and early twenties and then again in our thirties. After that our lives paths took us in different directions as it so often does. She has touched so many lives and I have many fond memories of her.

Michele Nehilla-Pukanecz (Whitehall, PA)
May 26, 2006

Our deepest sympathy to Carolyn's husband and family. We were so sorry to hear of this sad news. Both our daughters were lucky to have Carolyn as their teacher. She will be remembered by many of Saucon Valley's alumni and teaching staff.Donna &

Duane Nelson (Bethlehem, PA)
May 25, 2006

Dear Al,Uncle Emil, Aunt Alice, Paul, Bonnie, Tyler and Karlee,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. We know how much Carolyn was loved and what a positive influence she was in so many other people's lives. May you find peace, comfort, and a smile on your face knowing she is no longer suffering and in a better place. Peace be with you. Our love to all, Beverly and Dennis

Beverly and Dennis Ewer (Ormond Beach, FL)
May 24, 2006

I whish to express our deepest sympathy to Carolyn's family, to Allan her husband and to let them know they are in the thoughs of our family.

Bill Bastian (Merrickivlle, ON)
May 24, 2006

Be still like the grass on a melancholy summer day
Be still like desert shrub.

Be calm and you will hear your loved one speak, in the stillness, in the calm, their love resounds.

If you are still this promise I make, you will hear the voice of your loved one helping you along your way.

Bill & Ruth Bastain (Merrickville, ON)
May 24, 2006

My sympathy to Carolyn's family.

I had the priviledge of sharing the stage with Carolyn several times and boy, what an experience! She was a consumate actress that gave you so much it made YOU look good! Her life and music were her legacy, she will be missed. When the Lord calls, "Places"...we have nothing to do but go.

With love,
Terry De Biase (Allentown, PA)
May 23, 2006

"In the 5th sSeason"

Your play is finally over now,
Your story has been told,
I know your heart's forever young
And never will grow old.
The seasons really are but four
and fly with breathless sighs,
but the one that you are living now, lives not within one's eyes.
Tomorrow blows tomorrow's winds and life's but one short span.
Since now you live in the SEASON FIVE,

Your Loving Friend,
Henry Mc Clenahan, Jr (St. Petersburg, FL)
May 23, 2006

I will never forget her presence and affect on me and my classmates whenever she entered the room, and the conversations with her after I was "grown up". The thought of her always puts a smile on my face and I will never forget singing "Raid the Refrigerator". :)

Dan Ochs - Saucon Valley '94
Tuesday, May 23, 2006 2:09 AM

Allan - Heard of your loss per a telephone call from Betty Snellman Malkin wanting your address. So sorry for all of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Love, Loisann and Bob Earley and Aunt Ann

Bob and Loisann Earley Earley (Sugarloaf, PA )
May 23, 2006

To the family of Carolyn Snellman~

We want to send our deepest sympathy to you in the passing of Carolyn. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. She truley was a special person.

Gary, Alesia & Matt Albright (Bethlehem, PA )
May 23, 2006

To the Family of Carolyn Snellman:

Carolyn taught all five of my children at Saucon. They all loved her style. Her devotion, care and encouragement was very apparent when you saw her at any of her many class performances. Saucon's music department has greatly benefited from her gifts. Our family is extremely sorry for your loss.

Bob Osmun (Bethlehem, PA )
May 23, 2006

Ms.Williams was one of my favorite teachers! You will never be forgotten. My prayers are with your family.

Carolyn Beahn(Harding) (Hellertown, PA )
May 23, 2006

I'll always remember my piano lessons with Miss Krchnavi when I was a kid in the 70s'. Every week in the basement of her parent's house on 2nd Avenue for an hour, Miss Krchnavi tried to impress on me the value of "practice" during the week. Only thing I still remember how to play is "Nadia's theme" - and I think of Carolyn and those lessons whenever I hear that tune. It was good to see her last Labor Day weekend and see how her positive outlook was helping her make the most of her time. My deepest sympathy to you, her family and friends, as I know you will miss her greatly.

Mark Moran (Baltimore, MD)
Tuesday, May 23, 2006 5:21 PM EST

To Family and Friends,

My sympathy to all of you on Carolyn's passing. I've knew her at West Chester ( I was her accompanist for her voice lessons) and at graduate school working with Robert Shaw. She loved learning about music and then in turn passing that love unto her students. Little did I know back in 1970 that she would teach both of my daughters and help instill in them an appreciation of music.

Thank you Carolyn.
Pam Freund
Tuesday, May 23, 2006 2:39 PM EST

My sons, Todd & Kirk, were influenced by Carolyn in their early years. They are now both part-time professional musicians. Isabelle & I enjoyed working with her in many of the Saucon Valley Fine Arts productions over the years. Her talent and personality will be missed. Lynn & Isabelle Patnaude
Tuesday, May 23, 2006 8:14 AM EST
Dear Al and Family,

May God Bless You All during this time of sorrow and mourning. Despite the fact that I certainly wish I would have been able to know Carolyn more then I did, I considered that one day at the Notary a blessing from God that I know now I'll never forget.

John Quigley (Bethlehem, PA)
Tuesday, May 23, 2006 8:02 AM EST

Al, Sons, Alice, Emil, and Paul....

My kindest thoughts to you all at this time of great loss. I wish you all strength and peace. She will be missed by all of us.

Thomas Marchand (Whitehall, PA )
May 22, 2006

Ms. Williams was my favorite teacher. It is because of her love of music and encouragement that I decided to become a music teacher. I am truely saddened that the teacher I admired has passed away. May her family know that she touched the lives of so many of her students.

Amanda Handfinger (Zonay) (Perkasie, PA )
May 22, 2006

Dear Family of Carolyn

I am so sorry for your loss. Through the tough times my prayers were with her. She was such a lovely, kind, and thoughtful women. I am so happy that I got to know, and develop a good relationship with her during my voice lessons.

Let her beautiful voice open the gates of heaven.

Let peace and god be with you.
Avni Mittal (Bethlehem, PA )
May 22, 2006

Dear Al, Emil, Alice, Paul, Bonnie and kids, we are all so sorry to hear of Carolyn's passing. We will remember Carolyn's laughter and love of life. She will be missed.

Kathryn, Jim, Stephen, Michael and Morgan Foley (Hopedale, MA )
May 22, 2006

As a new teacher at Saucon, Carolyn was always very kind and helpful to me. I always appreciated the fact she would check on me and was willing to answer any questions I had. My sympathies to her family.

Kathy Bossert (Bethlehem, PA )
May 22, 2006

To the families of Al and Carolyn Snellman~

Please accept our deepest condolences on this difficult occasion. Take solace in knowing that even with her shortened life, Carolyn brought passion and beauty to others through her musical gifts and her relentless enthusiasm. She helped others to find their voice and she created comfort and beauty in the world around her. She will be missed, but those whom she touched will continue to share in the blessings of her spirit. ~~Mary Ellen and Chuck Kunesh and family
Monday, May 22, 2006 7:22 PM EST

Our condolences go out to Al Snellman, his family and Carolyn's family as well. She will be missed! Gerri & Al Greck
Monday, May 22, 2006 7:04 PM EST
Caroyln E. Snellman was my voice teacher for three years. She always was active, and loved her job. I loved going to her every tuesday. All her students loved her so much. I will miss her very much. She will also be missed throughout the whole PYT community.

Rest In Peace.

May God Be With You.

Avni Mittal
Monday, May 22, 2006 6:46 PM EST


You are the champion, my friend!

Annie - Southern Lehigh Middle School
Monday, May 22, 2006 2:00 PM EST

Dear Al, Brett and Bryan:

I can only imagine how hard it is to say goodbye to someone so young and loving. All I ever heard of Carolyn was how wonderful and caring she was to others. The world was a lucky place to have someone like her who so willingly shared her talents with others. I am so happy that you were able to share these years together with her. I know you will miss her deeply just hang onto those wonderful thoughts and memories. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Lisa Brandt
Monday, May 22, 2006 12:50 PM EST

I remember Carolyn's excitement and joy for children and music. She was very instrumental in my son Len Jr. becoming a Singing Boy of Pennsylvania and having the opportunity to travel to Japan and most states in the U.S. Her caring for her students and her love of music will leave a lasting memory for all of us. She will be missed.

Diane French - Saucon Valley High School
Monday, May 22, 2006 10:42 AM EST

Family and friends,

I am so sorry to hear about Carolyn's passing. May you find support and comfort in each other as you remember all the good times you had with her.

Cheryl Christman
Monday, May 22, 2006 8:40 AM EST

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Carolyn during this difficult time. Carolyn was a ray of sunshine to everyone she came in contact with. She has touched many lives here at Saucon Valley and although she is no longer with us she will remain in our hearts forever.

Melanie Smith (Easton, PA )
Monday, May 22, 2006

Miss Krchnavi was my elementary music teacher. I loved her class. She made everyone feel special. Miss Krchnavi always had the nicest things to say to people and she made me love music. It was one of my most memorable experiences from school. I saw her again, when I was an adult, and she could still remember me. Her kindness followed her through life and her students loved her. God be with your family in this time of sorrow. I know that she is with God.

Gina Rakos (Sabo) (Wind Gap, PA )
Monday, May 22, 2006

I have not known a greater loss in my adult life as the loss of a best friend for 34 years.

My condolences to Carolyn's immediate family, extended family, and a host of adoring friends who will miss her deeply.

Annie Pope (Hellertown, PA )
Monday, May 22, 2006

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Shaun and Diana Doll (Hellertown, PA )
Monday, May 22, 2006


We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family.

Love, Tyler & Maureen
Tyler/Maureen Venkersammy (Bethlehem, PA )
Monday, May 22, 2006

Dear Al and family,

Carolyn was such a very special woman; grace, beauty, courage and love wrapped into one. She will be missed dearly by all of us who have had the priveledge of knowing her.

God bless,
Claudia Gemgnani - SV Elem (allentown, PA )
Monday, May 22, 2006

THANK YOU for the MUSIC!!! Carolyn has touched my life (as a colleague) and the lives of my own children, Cara and Joe,(who were her students at Saucon) in so many ways.We will remember her always.

Carol Tavormina (Hellertown, PA )
Monday, May 22, 2006

Carolyn, We had so much enjoyment teaching the elementary students together for years. I'll always remember...Brenda

Brenda Stever (Coopersburg, PA )
Monday, May 22, 2006

I will always remember Carolyn and seeing her great enthusiasm for introducing her classes to ballet. She was a "regular" attendee with her classes at the Ballet Guild's "Nutcracker" for so many years. With great affection,

Carol Dimopoulos (Bethlehem, PA )
Monday, May 22, 2006

To the family of Carolyn Snellman,

On behalf of the Gloner family, we extend our most heartfelt sympathy to all of you.

Paulette (Gloner)Mecherly (Macungie, PA )
Monday, May 22, 2006

Carolyn was a rare combination of beauty, brains and talent. May she rest in peace.

Dean Sadowski (Destin, FL )
Monday, May 22, 2006

Dear Carolyn:

I will never forget the way you took me under your wing in 1989, my first year teaching in Saucon Valley. You were so supportive and I was able to talk to you about anything. Thank you for all your kindness and hard work.....and for touching our children with your gift of music. You will never be forgotten and your legacy will surely live on in our district and our hearts. You will be missed!

Annelle Conover (Easton, PA )
Monday, May 22, 2006

Although I never had the pleasure of working with you and I only met you once, I was inspired by the love and support of your friends here at Saucon Valley. The work you've done and the hope you've inspired will live on through your friends and admirers...

Theresa Weidner (Bethlehem, PA )
Monday, May 22, 2006

My prayers are with you and your family.

Corinne Rivero (Allentown, PA )
Monday, May 22, 2006

Dear Al and Family, Carolyn was my music teacher and I was fortunate to have her teach my children as well. They loved her class and were sad at her retirement. They were saddened at her passing too. Our prayers go out to your family.

Pat Diehl (Hellertown, PA )
Monday, May 22, 2006

Carolyn was a truly beautiful human being--one of those rare people who made you feel good just being in her presence.

My prayers go out to all those who were fortunate to have known and loved her, especially her husband and parents. Your loss is great. Look to the wealth of wonderful memories you have of her to help sustain you.

I think my daughter, who was one of many of her adoring students, summed up Carolyn very well. She said, "She just made us want to sing!"

God bless you,

Lucia Kennedy (L. Saucon Twp., PA )
Monday, May 22, 2006

To Family and friends, I was deeply saddened by the news of Carolyn's death. Find peace in the knowledge that she is no longer suffering.

God Bless

Cheryl Crook Christman (Bethlehem, PA )
Monday, May 22, 2006

For the many people's lives she touched, whether it be on the stage, or face to face, the world has been a better place for knowing her.

Paul C Bonnici (Allentown, PA )
Sunday, May 21, 2006

There were far better moments than the very sad present. You didn't have a chance to know me very well, but whenever I hobbled by, in great pain, on my short walks by your home where you enjoyed spending some outside playtime with Skeeter, you always had a kind and uplifting word and wanting to learn about my illness. Now you have gone to a better place without discomforts and pain, a place where we'll see all of us again. May God richly bless you and anoint Al with great strength.

Gerhard (Jerry) Okhuysen (Bethlehem, PA )
Sunday, May 21, 2006

Carolyn was a passionate woman who embraced life. We will all miss her but feel so fortunate to have known her.

Carol Strogen (Berwyn, PA )
Sunday, May 21, 2006

My deepest sympathy.

Wilhelmina Neal (Destin, FL )
Sunday, May 21, 2006

Dear Aunt Carolyn,

Saying "good-bye" to someone you care about can be really hard. We hope thinking about the good times we shared will give us something to smile about. We love you because whenever you smiled, it really brightened up your face - because your laughter filled up a room and made it a happier place. We will miss you very much!

Tyler & Karlee Krchnavi (Quakertown, PA )
Sunday, May 21, 2006

Carolyn's gifts as a teacher, performer and colleague will be missed. As a former PYT office staff member, I was honored to work with Carolyn.

Cindy Ovens (Macungie, PA )
Sunday, May 21, 2006

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Dick & Shirley Jones (Bethlehem, PA )
Sunday, May 21, 2006

My deepest sympathy goes out to Al and the family and friends of Carolyn. I can only imagine the agonizing loss of a wife. My prayers are with you.

Roger Hudak (Bethlehem, PA )
Sunday, May 21, 2006

Thank you for all you've done for all the children of Saucon Valley. Your legacy will live on and on.

Teri Bitler (Chandler, AZ )
Sunday, May 21, 2006

Dear Al, Sons, Alice, Emil and Paul....the world has lost a beautiful, strong soul and spirit which gave so much to our world...she was a good friend to Steve and I, and a wonderful role model and teacher to our daughter Stevi...we can listen to that beautiful voice again whenever we watch Stevi's wedding video...what a beautiful example of how to live and keep a positive attitude while fighting your worst enemy...I hope the flip creations continue so that a cure or at least early detection becomes a reality so no one has to endure this kind of pain and loss again...our thoughts and prayers are with all of to you all...Clare and Steve

Clarann and Steve Filko (Hellertown, PA )
Sunday, May 21, 2006

Al and family, my deepest sympathy for the loss of Carolyn. I first met her at the Ladies Workout Express and was amazed by her energy. We again crossed paths through the Relay For Life. Her passion as a first year team leader for this event was exemplary. I will remember her for her gentleness, her humor and the love she had for her family and close friends.

Stephanie Schmoyer (Bethlehem, PA )
Sunday, May 21, 2006

Carolyn was a wonderful person and inspiring educator. Because of her our daughter, Amanda, became a music teacher.

Kathy and Mike Zonay
Hellertown, PA
Sunday, May 21, 2006 10:33 PM EST

We will miss our wonderful neighbor who displayed friendship, thoughtfulness and a spirit that would not give in. May God bless Carolyn and her family? Because of Shirley's illness we will not be able to attend.
Sunday, May 21, 2006 11:57 AM EST
Carolyn's smile and energy will be missed by all.

Neighbors - Bob & Karen Huetter
Sunday, May 21, 2006 9:08 AM EST

Dear Al,

My most heartfelt sympathy goes out to you, the boys, Carolyn's parents, and her brother and his family. Carolyn fought this insidious illness steadfastly, valiantly, and courageously. Those are the memories I will keep in my heart and mind whenever I think of her. She was a wonderful human being--always thoughtful, happy, kind, and generous. She was truly a lady. Rest assured my prayers, and those of the congregation at Trinity, will be with you, your family, and Carolyn over the next days and weeks.

Sunday, May 21, 2006 8:45 AM EST

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