Sister Mary Gilbert Snide, OP of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, died March 11, 2024, in New Rochelle, NY.  She was 92 years of age. The daughter of the late Wilfred and Dorothy (Willette) Snide, she was born August 19, 1931, in Mooers Forks, New York.

Sister Mary Gilbert entered the novitiate of the Dominican Sisters of Fall River, Massachusetts in August 1949, made her First Profession in August 1951, and Final Profession in August 1954. 


Sister Mary Gilbert was engaged in a variety of services to the congregation, including cooking, maintenance, sacristan, and driving. Her places of ministry included the Dominican Sisters of Fall River from 1954-55, 1959-60, 1969-74, and 1977-83; St. John’s Nursery in Fall River, from 1955-59, where she also cared for the children; Rosary Convent in Chateauguay, New York, from 1960-64, where, in addition to her other duties, she taught catechetical classes in the parish; St. Dominic Convent in Plattsburgh, New York, from 1964-69 and 1974-77. 

From 1986, until her move to the Newburgh Center of Hope in 2002, Sister ministered at the motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Fall River as driver, weekend cook, and member of the infirmary staff. Sister also ministered at the Newburgh Center of Hope, where she provided transportation for the sisters and other volunteer services.

Sister Mary Gilbert was kind and gentle and loved to bake and cook. It is said that when she lived in Massachusetts, she used to bake dozens of pies and made sure the sisters with whom she lived had nutritious meals each day.  In her later years, she spent a lot of her time knitting beautiful baby sweaters, hats and booties as well as soft and cozy blankets. Sister also loved word games and playing scrabble with our other Sisters. 

Sister Mary Gilbert is predeceased by her parents Wilfred and Dorothy Snide, her sisters Cecile and Mildred, and Jane and Jeannette and her brothers Amos, Roland and Leonard. She is survived by her Dominican Sisters of Hope and her siblings Bernadette, Doris, Eugenie, Gilbert, Philias, Theresa and many nephews and nieces.

Sister Mary Gilbert’s funeral will take place on Tuesday March 19, 2024, in the Chapel of the Most Holy Rosary at the Dominican Center, Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York.  The viewing will be in the chapel beginning at 9:15am.  The Wake Service will follow at 10:15am.  The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m.  Sister’s burial will follow immediately after the liturgy in the Dominican Sisters’ Cemetery at Mount Saint Mary in Newburgh, NY.

Arrangements are under the direction of Brooks Funeral Home, Gidney Avenue, Newburgh, New York.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Sister Mary Gilbert’s name can be made to the Development Office of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, 299 North Highland Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562.