Gwen A. Foltz, 62, Foltz Pottery Shop owner, enjoyed serving others in unexpected ways

By on July 19, 2017

Gwen A. (Shoemaker) Foltz, 64, of Reinholds, passed away on the evening of Monday, July 10, 2017.

She was born in Butler to the late John W. and Shirley Shoemaker, and over the years resided in both Berks and Lancaster County.

We know many of you have spent your afternoons or evenings enjoying her gift of cooking, creativity, and joyful hospitality at the Foltz Pottery Shop which she owned with her surviving, and unconditionally loving husband, Ned Foltz.

Gwen brought a tremendous amount of joy and happiness to everyone she met. Her life’s purpose was to serve others in unexpected ways. She never asked if she could help someone, she just did it, and did it graciously and beyond expectation. Her gift for service and wonderful creativity filled our bellies full of delicious food, our walls full of beautiful art, our cupboards full of special cards, our memories full of precious stories, and our hearts full of her selfless love and encouraging words.

In addition to her husband Ned, she is survived by her brother and sister-in-law: Drew and Linda Shoemaker; brother: Devon Shoemaker; sisters-in-law: Donna Hackman and Patsy Garman; step-daughter: Gina Foltz; nieces and nephews whom she loved as her own: Annie Shoemaker; Joe Shoemaker; Sam Shoemaker; Megan Shoemaker (wife of Sam); Luke Shoemaker; Trisha Shoemaker (wife of Luke), and their son Wesley Shoemaker. She also leaves behind many of Ned’s nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved. Last, but absolutely not least, Gwen’s spirit is carried on by countless friends, many who were also loved like family. She would want you all to carry on by loving one another in unexpected ways.

A memorial celebration service was held July 15 at Lititz Moravian Church,.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donating to the Lititz Moravian Church at; or the Foltz Folklife Foundation at

To leave the family an online condolence, visit Spacht-Snyder Family Funeral Home, Lititz, handled the arrangements.

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