Obituary for Amanda Kristin Snatchko (my beautiful and amazing cousin) (Written by her sweet sister in law Meghan Snatchko)
Amanda Kristin Snatchko, 34, of Waikiki, HI, formerly of Coraopolis, PA was received into the arms of the Lord on January 18, 2020. Amanda was born November 29, 1985 in McKees Rocks, PA
Amanda loved teaching and traveling. She was valedictorian of her class at Cornell High School and went on to pursue a degree in Special Education and Early Education at NYU. After graduating as Salutatorian of her college class, Magna Cum Laude, Amanda lived and taught in South Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York, and Hawaii. When she wasn’t giving direction to her young students, Amanda spent her time circumnavigating the globe. She traveled many times with her mother and travel buddy, Deborah, to far-off locales including France, Australia, Italy, Hawaii, Spain, Fiji, Greece, and their favorite place on earth: Disney World. She adored her nephews John and George Snatchko and loved reading to them, spending countless hours making crafts, and showing them how to make her famous peanut butter blossom cookies.
Amanda loved to hike and never met a rugged or muddy mountain she couldn’t climb. The views she captured with her photography showed the arduous journey was always worth it. She also loved soaring through the air propelled by jumping off a cliff into a pool of clear quiet water, or by launching herself out of a plane much to her mother’s dismay. Amanda loved soaring and now, she is flying free.
Her friends and family span the globe and we will miss the inspiration she shared with us daily. This quote, shared by Amanda late last year, now seems like a gift to those of us left behind in her absence:
There comes a time for us not to just be survivors, but to be warriors. You have your life, and the chance to make the most of it. Don't run or hide from that challenge or let your guilt keep you from living. This gift is a beautiful opportunity. Embrace it. Seize every opportunity from here on out. Live. - Becca Vry
Amanda is survived by her mother, Deborah Snatchko; father, Paul (Johnna) Snatchko, Sr.; brother, Cliff (Meghan) Snatchko; brother, Paul (Eric) Snatchko, Jr.; brother, Joseph (Erin) Snatchko; sister, Kendra Snatchko; niece and nephews, Aiden, Annabella, George, and John Snatchko; and all of her Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins. Amanda is predeceased by her Maternal Grandparents, Clifford and Mary Hughes and Paternal Grandparents George and Anna Snatchko.
Services will be private.
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