Barbara “Barb” Shontz, 79

Barbara “Barb” A. Shontz, 79, wife of Henry Shontz, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at Pottstown Hospital.

Born in Pottstown, she was the daughter of the late Donald and Dorothy (Kline) Repko. She was raised in Boyertown, and was a 1960 graduate of Boyertown High School. She went on to complete 2 years of higher education at Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA.

Barb was known for being a compassionate friend and supporter of people and animals alike. She was also recognized throughout the community for her extraordinary baking.

For the last 23 years, Barb created delectable desserts for the Jukebox Cafe in Boyertown. She also provided baked goods to the Hill School for students’ birthdays in the 1990s and early 2000s.

In addition to her passion for baking, Barb was a long-time advocate of the preservation of natural outdoor spaces, which prompted her to create Beaufort’s Run Sanctuary in Upper Pottsgrove Township, a woodland trail and soothing landscape named in memory of her beloved dog, Beaufort. She was also a Certified Reiki Practitioner and a student of healing touch therapy. She felt her calling was to use these modalities to help dogs and other animals struggling with health issues.

Barbara is survived by her husband Henry of 58 years; her daughter Susan Hughes, wife of Gary; her son Christopher Shontz; brother Ronald Repko, husband of Ruth Ann, of British Columbia; grandchildren Eric Hughes and Cole Shontz; and her beloved dog Rosie.

Services will be held privately by the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Morris Animal Foundation ( or to Heritage Conservancy ( in Barbara’s name.

Add My Condolences

I was paging through the Catagnus Obituaries for work and came across the notice about Barbara. We spent many a great time together at The Hill. She was a wonderful friend and an extra special person!!! My condolence to her Family.

~ Rose Schoenly
8/9/2022 10:59:13 AM

Barb always had something nice to say and a huge smile that lit up a room. She never left me without giving me a hug and saying, "Goodbye sweet girl. I love you." I loved catching up with her and hearing about the latest and greatest recipe she wanted to try for baking. Rest In Paradise Baraba.. until we meet again you will always hold a special spot in my heart. <3

~ Grace Leone Pottstown, PA
6/14/2022 8:41:28 AM

Dear Sue, Gary and Eric, You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Your Mom, Sue, was such a lovely, smart, caring lady. I know she will be greatly missed. Sending you love at this difficult time.

~ Betsy Ritchie Collegeville, PA
5/28/2022 11:25:13 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time. We feel fortunate to have shared a part of her life and will remember her with fondness. Wishing you all peace, love, and healing.??

~ Eliseo and Trish Cruz
5/28/2022 3:42:22 PM

Barbara was the long time best friend of my wife now deceased Kathryn Heintz Kagan. I knew Barbara though Kay she was a delightful person. Her cookies helped me get though Kay’s passing. Deep sorrow here

~ Daniel Jagan
5/28/2022 2:42:04 PM

Sue, I am sorry for your loss. Your mother was such a lovely lady and you are blessed to have so many fond memories of her. I will never forget her care packages especially the granola!!! Please know your family is in our prayers. Mary Gorman Matthews

~ Mary Matthews
5/28/2022 1:14:11 PM

Dear Sue, Gary, Eric and Henry - We are so saddened to hear of Barb's passing. May the memories of fun times that she spent with all of you, along with all that she accomplished, bring you comfort in the days ahead. You are all in our thoughts.

~ Kate and Ed Len
5/28/2022 1:12:37 PM

I have the best memories of your Mom . She was a very special person . I am so very sorry . Sending love to your family .

~ Lynn
5/27/2022 7:41:20 PM

Sue, so sorry to learn of your mother's passing. Sorry I never met her as she did many interesting things for so many causes. Take care.

~ Barbara Summers
5/27/2022 6:39:43 PM

Your mom was a wonderful person. I didn't know her well, but enough to know where you got your spunk and sense of humor. She will be greatly missed.

~ Jeff Dentler
5/27/2022 5:44:56 PM

My condolences to the Shontz. Barbara was a wonderful woman and I was honored to have known her. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

~ Allison Saldana Oakland gardens, Ny
5/27/2022 9:16:05 AM