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Ernest Ward Snitkin, Jr. graduated to glory on June 28, 2010, in Bellville after succumbing to a long and lengthy illness. Ernest was born to the late Ernest Ward, Sr. and Mary Lorine Bannon Snitkin in Dallas on March 15, 1935. His family moved to Schulenburg where they made their home, before moving to Sealy and then to Bellville. Ernest graduated from Sealy High School in 1953 and then attended Blinn College in Brenham and University of Houston, graduating in 1958 with a BBA. Ernest worked for the Hughes Tool Company, Southwestern Bell Telephone in the Sales Department, moving on to work in the insurance industry and achieved recognition with the honor of the Million Dollar Round Table, and then became a real estate broker.

Ernest promoted his three daughters’ participation and interest in the Austin County Youth Program and 4-H.

Ernest is survived by his three daughters: Christy Frank and husband, Harold, of Brenham, Marty Dickey and husband Peter of Denver, CO, and Betsy Snitkin and dear friend, Marge McConathy, of Houston; three grandchildren: Amy Chovanetz and Brian Bailey of Houston, Randy Chovanetz and Heather Boring of Houston, and Eric Chovanetz of Bryan; two great-grandchildren: Jaxon Bailey and Connor Chovanetz. He is also survived by his brothers: Walter Snitkin and wife, Vivian, of Hempstead, and Richard “Dick” Snitkin and wife, Janice, of Wimberley; sisters: JoAnn Hagen and husband, Bobby, of Bellville, and Mary Hancock and husband, Jerry, of Boerne and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and life-long friends. Ernest was preceded in death by his parents and nephew, Walter “Bubba” Snitkin. Honorary Pallbearers are: Randy Chovanetz, Eric Chovanetz, Walter Snitkin, Dick Snitkin, Bobby Hagen and Jerry Hancock.

Visitation was from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 1, 2010 at Schmidt Funeral Home.

Funeral service was at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 2, 2010 at Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Jerome Losack, officiating.

Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to: American Diabetes Association, Austin Office, 2499 Capital of Texas Highway, Bldg. A, #105, Austin, Texas 78746, or to: American Juvenile Diabetes Association, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, New York 10004, or to: Bellville General Hospital c/o Margie Lovell, PO Box 977, Bellville, Texas 77418, or to: Hospice Brazos Valley, 302 East Blue Bell Road, Brenham, Texas 77833.

Please sign the guestbook and view our tribute video in memory of Ernest at:

The family wishes to thank Bellville General Hospital and Hospice Brazos Valley for their wonderfully devoted nurses and staff and their loving care to Mr. Snitkin.

Funeral under the direction of Schmidt Funeral Home, 12029 Highway 36, Bellville, TX 77418, (979) 865 - 2424.


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