A Celebration of Life for Michael Snell
On the morning of Sunday, December 12, 2021, family and friends gathered at the Mercer Island Beach Club to honor and celebrate the life of Michael Snell. Guests were treated to deeply moving tributes shared by Michael's children, who spoke in glowing terms of his absolute devotion to their happiness and well-being.
Together with his wife, Cheryl, and son and daughter, Quinn and Olivia, Epic Memorials has the honor of assisting in the development of a tribute to the life of their beloved husband and father, Michael Snell. Family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers will gather together to honor Michael's role in their lives at 11:30 on the morning of Sunday, December 12, 2021 in the Clubhouse at Mercer Island Beach Club, a place of comfort and community frequented by Michael and his family. Join us as we remember Michael's cheerful personality, his genuine interest in the people he met, his faith in God, and his love of life and his family. Lunch featuring appetizers and beverages will be served following the 11:30 ceremony. Doors open at 11:00.
Please note: this is an open-invitation event but we do need to stay within the Beach Club's maximum guest capacity so we ask that you kindly RSVP below to let us know you'll be joining the celebration. Parking is available in the Beach Club lot and overflow parking is allowed along the north side of Avalon Drive.
ATTENTION: King County's mandated Covid-19 policies are in effect for this gathering. All attendees ages 12 and older are required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative PCR test result within the last 72 hours before entry. Please note that negative rapid tests will not be accepted. Masks are required.
Michael James Snell of Mercer Island, WA passed away on September 13, 2021, after a courageous and hard-fought battle against COVID-19. The family is profoundly saddened by his death, and he is missed more than words can express.
Michael was born on March 14, 1951, to Lynnford and Nancy Snell in Pullman, WA. As a child, he moved to Spokane where he graduated from Ferris High School in 1969. He was a gifted artist and was college-bound with an art scholarship but made the life-defining decision to join The Way International and was actively involved in their ministry in Spokane until 1978 before moving to Seattle to start his career in the hospitality field. Working in both operations and human resources, Michael spent his entire career in the restaurant industry where he formed many successful relationships and left a lasting impact on everyone he worked with. Before his retirement, he was last employed at World Wrapps as Director of Operations for WA and CA.
He was and always will be deeply treasured among all who had the good fortune to know him. Michael brought his human resources skills to all situations in life and was always counseling friends, family, and businesses. He was exceptionally talented – he was an athlete, artist, cook, barista, musician, songwriter, counselor -- an absolute gem of a human. Michael touched the lives of family, friends, and neighbors with his cheerful smile and playful, happy-go-lucky spirit. With a genuine interest in people, he made a conscious effort to make all those he encountered feel comfortable, important, and special. Michael was a strong and confident man – holding fast to his beliefs and always seeking to better himself. He was a second dad to many and was the most loving and enthusiastic father and husband any family could ask for. Patient and kind, he always acted with intention. Michael loved Jesus Christ and enjoyed reading his well-worn Bible each morning while drinking his perfectly crafted cappuccino.
Michael leaves behind his devoted wife, Cheryl Mangio Snell, of 32 years, and children Jeremy Snell (Patty), Tanasia Montgomery, Quinn Snell and Olivia Snell; his older sister and brother Pam Burton (Gary) and David Snell (Lisa); his mother-in-law Joann Mangio; sisters- and brothers-in-law Maura Sermeno, Jeff and Jenny Wenzel, Matt and Kathleen Mangio, Maria and Ron Kurosky; and nieces and nephews Carmen, Chris (Fae), Emily, and David Snell; Tekla Petronovich (Jamie); Jason, Justin and Janielle Burton; Jaye, Chad and Brenna Sermeno; Melissa, Luke and Nate Wenzel; Anna and Joann Mangio; Caleb, Josh, Kate, and Sarah Kurosky, and his many beloved grandchildren and cousins.
If you wish, contributions in memory of Michael may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the charity closest to his heart. Donations in Michael's honor may be made here.