Gwen A. Foltz

July 12, 2017 – Obituary

Gwen A. Foltz (Shoemaker), 64, of Reinholds, PA passed away on the evening of Monday, July 10, 2017. She was born in Butler, PA to the late John W. & 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 & Linda Shoemaker; brother, Devon Shoemaker; sisters-in-law Donna Hackman & 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.

Service Information

To remember the life and love of Gwen, we warmly invite all her family and friends to a memorial celebration service at 11am, Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Lititz Moravian Church, 8 Church Square, Lititz, PA 17543. Following the service, a luncheon will be served. A viewing will be held on Friday, July 14 from 6pm-8pm at Spacht-Snyder Family Funeral Home & Crematory, 127 S. Broad St., Lititz, PA 17543.

In Lieu Of Flowers

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

Send a note or a story to Ned and his family.

Giving In Love & Memory of Gwen Foltz

Gwen was the reason for the Foltz Folklife Foundation — Her joy and hospitality of sharing her love (often with food and gifts) to all she met — Her many talents in art & crafts and her life that was full of warmth and encouragement.

To make a donation in memory of Gwen, please click below.