Mary J. Snyder Clark Wierman, of Hanover, celebrates a century of faith, love, and service as she marks her 100th birthday. On March 19, 1923, Mary J. Snyder was born to Gus and Hilda Snyder of McSherrystown. Mary is known as “Jim” to many, receiving the nickname from her father who said the next child would be a boy named Jim. And so, it became Mary’s life-long nickname. She grew up learning the values of hard work, dedication, and love for family, friends, people, and the Church. Mary was married to Charles “Todd” Clark and they lovingly raised five children, one daughter and four sons, one of whom was fostered. She and Charles divorced; she later married James R. Wierman, who passed away in 1991. During her career, Jim became proprietor of Middleburg Sewing Factory’s cafeteria and later Jim’s Restaurant, which was located at the former Kuhn Brothers Truck Stop at Cross Keys, New Oxford, where the Turkey Hill convenience station operates today. She owned the business about 30 years until its closing and her retirement. But her passion for service didn’t stop in the restaurants, as Jim was an avid volunteer at Hanover Hospital and St. Vincent de Paul Church in Hanover, where she is a parishioner. Jim sponsored countless fundraisers and pioneered the parish’s first bingo program, where she was known for donating delicious homemade pies and baked goods to benefit the church and community. She participated in bingo weekly until its pausing in 2020. In 2002, Jim received the Church’s “Woman of the Year” award to honor her faithful service. Jim’s house is known as the gathering place, where she openly welcomes guests and treats everyone like family, including three exchange students, two from Italy and one from Finland. Her love and passion for service to others has touched the lives of many, and that love continues today. Although physical ailments require Jim to currently reside at an assisted living facility, Weikert’s Care Home in Littlestown, she makes weekly visits to her family home where she continues to share her love with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and more. When asked what’s the secret to such longevity, Jim says, “Take life day by day and pray.” (Submitted Photo)
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