Nancy Shantz (nee Gottfried)
Passed away peacefully, Wednesday, August 23, 2023 at the age of 75, surrounded by family at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener.
Loving wife and best friend to Glenn, they were to celebrate their 41st wedding anniversary this month.
Cherished mother to Jody Buschlen (Lisa Littlefield), Amy Saint Laurent (nee Buschlen; Paul Saint Laurent), and "Granny" to Jordan, Lily, Jude and Stacey.
Dear sister to Bev Ahrens (Ron) and predeceased by David Gottfried (Barbara). Sister in law to Dale Shantz (Sandy), Lyle Shantz (Luanne) and Tim Shantz (Heather).
Nancy was predeceased by her parents, Walter "Bill" Gottfried, Margaret Gottfried (nee Puttock), Ken Shantz and Hazel Shantz (nee Sketchley).
Nancy and Glenn built many wonderful memories together, travelling to Florida, Georgia, Mexico and Europe. Nancy loved her dogs and, over the years, their trusted four-legged friends travelled by their side; Foley, Myles, Paige, Buddy and Wiley.
Nancy was an avid photographer and loved sharing her many photo albums; compiled over her life; with anyone who wanted to see them and, hear the amazing stories that accompanied them.
An amazing party host and, an outstanding cook, Nancy was often told she should open her own restaurant, while her parties were always the talk of the town.
Music....did she ever love music! Not your typical 75 year old, Nancy could be heard playing 80's New Wave or classics from the Moody Blues on any given night, the sound filling the night air from her living room stereo system.
Sewing, drawing, baking, crafting, poetry.....Nancy was extremely artistic and evidence of this filled every corner of her home.
Recently retired, Nancy made many friends over the years; working a variety of jobs; most recently as a photo lab technician; with Spectrum Photolabs and Walmart.
She could always be found out with her dog Wiley, riding her bike or, walking the trails of the Grand River Trail System.
Nancy was born and raised in Kitchener. She attended Kitchener Collegiate Institute and spent her life living in the region. She has made many friends over her life; going back to her days roller skating at Bingemans, working at Colonial Cookies, and carving candles at craft shows across the province.
Nancy's infectious smile, her warm giving nature, her creativity and her laugh and sense of humour will be missed by all who knew her.
Special thanks to the staff at Grand River Hospital's ICU unit.
There is no visitation planned. A memorial will be held at a future date.
As expressions of sympathy, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the KW Humane Society.