Laurel Elizabeth Biata was born January 16, 1967, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, to Robert Wesley and Rachel G. (Carothers) Snyder. She ended her 10-year battle with cancer Thursday, April 14, 2016, in Owasso, Oklahoma, at the age of 49 years. Laurel was brought up and educated in Carlisle, Pennsylvania; she graduated with the Carlisle High School Class of 1984. She was a very talented swimmer with three state championships to her credit as well as finishing in the top five at every event for all four years of high school. She earned a full athletic scholarship to Penn State University for swimming and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in English. Laurel was married to Tony Biata currently Vice President / Folds of Honor on August 14, 1993, in Carlisle. She and Tony moved to Auburn, New York in 1995 and operated a family golf practice facility together called Par Breakers for 15 years. During that time their loving son Michael was born in 1997. Laurel also worked as an administrative assistant with Holy Family Catholic Church in Auburn. She and her family moved to Owasso, Oklahoma, in June of 2011. At that time, she began her work as an administrative assistant with the Folds of Honor. She was also a faithful member of St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Owasso.
Loving family members include:
Her husband; Tony, and son Michael Biata, of the home
Father; Robert Snyder and wife Kathleen, of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Andrea Balio, Richmond Hill, Georgia
Melinda Wilson and husband Gene, Strasburg, Virginia
Cindy Mauk and husband Don, of Greenville, South Carolina
Brother; Baird Brehm and wife Kathy, of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
A host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Rachel Snyder.
In accordance with Laurel’s wishes, private family services will be held at a later date. The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Laurel Biata Memorial Fund, c/o RCB Bank, 11633 East 86th Street North, Owasso, Oklahoma, 74055. Arrangements and services were entrusted to Mowery Funeral Service of Owasso.
I learned today of Laurels passing and wish to convey my deepest sympathies to Tony and Michael. I will miss her great storytelling and kind heart.
— Allison Andreoli, Monday – April 18, 2016
Elle will always have a special place in my heart. She helped fill a void in my life that I didn’t think could be filled. I miss her dearly and send my love to her family Tony and Michael.
— Kendall Cunningham, Monday – April 18, 2016
So sorry to hear of Elle’s passing. I got to know her when she worked with my daughter, Bailey at the plant tent. She was like a second mom to Bailey and loved Bailey like her own. Elle would always send me little text messages about what a sweet, and loving girl I had raised and how proud she was of Bailey. She sent a message back in January after Bailey had gone and spent the day with her. She was thanking me for letting her kidnap my daughter for the day. Bailey loved spending time with Elle, and was terribly upset when I told her that she had passed away. Elle, you will definately be missed…..Bailey loved you so! You have left an empty place in both our hearts forever.
— Frances Cavanah, Wednesday – April 20, 2016
I’m so very sorry for your loss. Folks that we love remain in our hearts forever. You & Michael are in my thoughts and prayers.
— Patricia Donnelly Baier, Thursday – April 21, 2016
Tony and Michael ,
Bonny and I are sad to here of the passing of Laurel. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
— Jeffrey Angus, Thursday – April 21, 2016
So sorry to hear of Laurel’s passing. She was a wonderful person who fought so hard. Heaven has truly gained another angel. RIP Laurel.
— Debra Nodzo Oster , Thursday – April 21, 2016
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I worked with Elle for the past three summers. I loved listening to her stories and listening to her complain about people. She was one of the funniest, kindest people I knew. She will be greatly missed.
— Bailey Cavanah, Thursday – April 21, 2016
Tony and Michael – we are so sorry for your loss. Laurel was a wonderful, positive person. We have many fond memories of her at the little league field as well as the golf course. You are in our thoughts and prayers…keep the memories alive and she will always be with you. XO
— Beth and Dan Burgmaster, Thursday – April 21, 2016
Our prayers go out to you and Mike, so sad to learn of Laurie’s passing.
Your Jarvis St, neighbors, Jerry and Joan
— Jerry and Joan Long, Friday – April 22, 2016
sorry to hear about Laura she was a wonderful lady loved working with her
— joseph fronczek, Friday – April 22, 2016
Tony & Mikey: We are all so sorry to hear of Laurel’s passing. She was one of the sweetest & kindest people I’ve ever met. We had many memorable conversations during our little league years & golf camps. She will be truly missed..our thoughts and prayers are with you & your family.. Jackie, Chris & Josh
— Jackie Murray-Frost, Friday – April 22, 2016
Tony and Michael,
We are so very sorry for your loss. Please know Laurel and you both are in our thoughts and prayers.
— Molly & Dan Mahoney, Friday – April 22, 2016
Tony, I’m sorry for your loss.
— Steven Roller, Sunday – April 24, 2016
Sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers are with you. Would love to have your address and phone number. Our address is
616 McGraw House
Ithaca, New York 14850
— Mary and Joseph Zichettella, Saturday – May 7, 2016
So, sorry for your loss. We are family. My heart aches for you and your son. We are praying for you. Would love to have your address and phone number.
11 Marabee Ave.
Dallas, Pa 18612
— Maria Zichettella , Saturday – May 7, 2016
Dear Tony and Family,
Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of your beloved, Laurel. I am so sorry and saddened by this news. I am a grateful student, Tony, and enjoyed meeting Laurel at Par Breakers when I was there. I always remember what you taught me and wish you were still in the area. Thank you and I wish you and Michael healing and all good things. Again, my sincere sympathy. I know the happy memories in time will be the ones you will focus on, but there is no way to put on a happy face at a time like this. I pray for your peace and comfort.
— Janet Fagal, Saturday – May 14, 2016
Note: Private family services will be held at a later date.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to:
The Laurel Biata Memorial Fund C/o RCB Bank
11633 East 86th Street North
Owasso, OK 74055