Peggy Ann Snead

ADRIAN – Peggy Ann Snead passed away peacefully on May 23, 2022, at the age of 76 in Toledo, Ohio. She was a devoted and loving mother, grandmother, and friend. She was born in Urbana, Ohio on April 6, 1946 to Russell and Betty Welch. She joined her siblings Gary and Janice who preceded her in death.


She was an alumna of Bowling Green State University where she earned her Baccalaureate in Music Education and Voice, and minored in Piano. She also engaged in Graduate Voice Study at the University of Michigan where she honed her beautiful soprano voice.  


Peggy began her elementary music teaching career in Adrian, Michigan in 1968 with her first husband, fellow musician and teacher, the late Dennis Kisor. She subsequently married the late Daniel Snead in 1976.

She was known in part for developing the 4th and 5th grade performance show choir known as the Lincoln “Upbeats” at Lincoln Elementary School.  She taught elementary music education at Adrian Public Schools until her retirement in 2001. During her career, she produced and directed over 200 school musicals and junior music programs including Fiddler on the Roof, The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, Pirates of Penzance, and HMS Pinafore.


Peggy loved to sing and spent her entire life performing or teaching others to share their gift of music. She produced and directed over 20 two-week summer musical theater camps for children. Her own performance career spanned over five decades.


At the Croswell Opera House in Adrian, Michigan, she performed in over 30 shows as lead or chorus. She served as the musical director for productions of Blues Clues, Dora the Explorer, and Aladdin. She also served as the musical director for the children’s choir in Pagliacci, La Boheme, Joseph, and Peter Pan. She proudly served as the producer of Pajama Game and Annie Get Your Gun, with the late Robert Soller directing.


At the Tecumseh Civic Auditorium, she served as a musical director for Oklahoma, A Musical Review, The Music Man, Little Mary Sunshine, and The Robber Bridegroom. She also provided musical direction for performances at Adrian College,  Madison School, and the Sacred Heart School in Dearborn, Michigan.


She performed as a soloist and with the Lenawee Community Chorus, Dearborn Community Chorus, and Lenawee Pops Orchestra. She also performed with the Toledo Opera chorus in productions of Die Fledermaus and The Mikado.


In addition to her teaching and performance career, she previously served as the choir director at the First Baptist Church in Adrian, Michigan. Most recently, she played the piano and directed the children’s choir at the Brooklyn Presbyterian Church. 


Peggy loved to travel and spend time with her many friends at various performances and concerts, but especially the Stratford Festival. Throughout her life, she protested for social justice and peace. As a grandmother, she never failed to communicate her love and philosophy, writing to them on one recent occasion that, “What I want you to know is that every moment, and every thought we have is valuable. We all are making the choice of how our lives are going to be and how the world around us is going to look. How do you want your life to look? How do you? Excitement, joy, love, kindness, imperfection, pain, blame? Whatever you choose to dwell on, is where you will be, and that is what life will bring to you.” It was an honor to be her child and grandchild and we will miss her endlessly.


Peggy is survived by her children, Kari (Mohamad) Safieddine of Ypsilanti, Karlton (Angie) Kisor of Brooklyn, and Isaac (Erin) Snead of Adrian; grandchildren, Tarik, Jed, Gabrielle, Kailon, Kolton, Dominik, Larson, Isabelle, Ellis, Goldie, Margaret, and William. She is also survived by her beloved dog and protector, Sammy.


You may send condolences to the family at A memorial service will be held at The Croswell Opera House - 129 E. Maumee St. Adrian, MI on June 16th at 2:00 pm with a reception at Farver’s to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to “The Peggy Snead Croswell Kids Trust” to assist children in attending the Croswell Kids Camp c/o Law Office of Isaac D. Snead, PC, 128 N. Main St. – Rear, Adrian, MI 49221. Arrangements and cremation have been entrusted to Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.