German Village Gazette

St. Mary Catholic School

Retired principal to be honored at gala

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Sister Regina Snyder officially retired two years ago, but she just can't seem to slow down.

These days she's doing financial and strategic-development planning at Holy Spirit Catholic School and parish in Whitehall.

"My brother gave me a button calling me the CEO of retirement, because I keep doing these little jobs," Snyder said.

And while she stepped down two years ago as principal of St. Mary Catholic School in German Village, she is far from forgotten.

Snyder will be honored at the school's eighth annual gala and auction, slated for Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Columbus Athenaeum, 32 N. Fourth St. downtown.

"I said to them, I'm humbled," she said. "I did everything I wanted to do. I had fun doing it. I hope they did, too."

Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction. Dinner follows at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $100 each and $750 for a table of 10. Tickets can be purchased by calling St. Mary at 614-445-9668. More information is available on the website stmarygv.com.

To date, proceeds from the annual event have allowed the school to provide more than $20,000 in tuition assistance for its school families and almost $200,000 since the first gala in 2006. A portion of this year's proceeds will go toward the purchase of iPads for use in the classrooms.

Brian Collins, who organizes the gala for the St. Mary, said officials try to honor someone who has made a lasting contribution to the school and parish.

"Sr. Regina was an obvious choice," Collins said.

"Even now in retirement, she is still active in promoting the school and continues to help us with fundraising. We are very happy to be able to show her our appreciation by honoring her at this year's gala and auction."

Snyder, 69, spent 40 years in education -- 14 as a teacher and 26 as a principal at Catholic schools, her last five at St. Mary.

"I loved every minute of it," she said. "I had a great education, great experiences with people, families, different cities, states."

Growing up on the West Side, Snyder was one of 14 children who attended St. Mary Magdalene Church and school.

In high school, her sister Janet took her on a religious trip. Janet would pass on a future as a nun but Snyder said she was drawn to it.

After graduating from Sacred Heart High School in 1961, she entered the Sisters of Saint Frances of Penance and Christina Charity at Stella Niagara in New York.

She received a bachelor's degree from Rosary Hill College, now Daemen College, in Amherst, N.Y., and a master's degree from Ohio State University.

She hesitates calling herself a "retired" teacher.

"I say everybody's a teacher every day," she said.

"Everybody is observed by children, everybody's observed in a store every day. We don't always do it specifically in classrooms."

And she does find some time to herself, following her favorite football team, the Green Bay Packers, reading books and catching a movie.

Although, she doubts she'll ever fully step away from her work.

"As long as I can work and help somebody else, why sit home and retire?" she said.

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