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Gladys Hart

Gladys M. Hart (Schoffstall)

Saturday, October 25th, 1919 - Monday, September 14th, 2020
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Obituary

Gladys M. (Schoffstall) Hart, age 100, was called Home on September 14, 2020.

She was the daughter of the late Rev. David Sylvester and Wilhemina Carolina Schoffstall. She was the wife of the late Harold O. Hart, with whom she shared 63 years of marriage. Together they enjoyed camping with the Pagoda Ramblers and square dancing. Gladys was also preceded in death by eight sisters and two brothers.

Gladys was born in Philadelphia but spent most of her life in the Berks County area, more specifically in Exeter Township. Most recently she resided in Ephrata with her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Raymond Piazza.

She is also survived by a son, Michael Alan Hart, husband of Merilee of Reiffton. There is one granddaughter, Courtney Hart, and her fiance Brian Lucas of West Virginia. There are also three step-children, Kimberly Dietzel (wife of Shawn), Kelly Piazza-Berger (wife of Todd) and Andrew Piazza. There are also two step great grandchildren, Jacob and Emily Dietzel.

Gladys graduated from Reading High School Evening Program in 1938 where she was active on the school newspaper staff as well as the yearbook staff.

When her husband was drafted into the Army, she followed him to Kentucky where she worked in the Army Hospital, mainly with those who had been traumatized.

In 1978, at the age of 59, Gladys graduated from Reading Area Community College with an associate degree in applied science. She spent many years as a teaching assistant with Berks County Intermediate Unit, retiring in 1983.

Gladys' faith was a mainstay in her life. She had been a member of Trinity U.C.C. in Mt. Penn but last attended St. Paul's U.C.C. in Fleetwood. For most of her life she was active in the church. Her favorite church activities included teaching Bible School, singing in the choir, heading candy making and knitting and delivering prayer shawls to shut-ins.

Gladys enjoyed helping others through a variety of activities. For many years she was involved with the Girl Scouts and was a leader for 15 years. She completed the wilderness training program at Camp Edith Macy and attended the Girl Scout Roundup in 1965. In 2008 she was named the Berks County Association of School Retirees Volunteer of the Year. For 28 years she volunteered at the Berks County Heritage Center where she prepared materials for various activities and helped with Kite Day, Eggstravaganza, Fiddle Fest, Step Back in Time, Heritage Days and the Bidler House.

A talented knitter and seamstress, she knitted 200 helmet liners for service people and over 200 hat and scarf sets for children in need. She made over 100 shorts and tops that her brother, Dr. Rev. Robert Schoffstall delivered to children in Africa. She also made clothing for children in an orphanage in Iraq.

Gladys loved to sing and until last year was a member of Berks Encore.

Due to Covid-19, interment will be private at Forest Hills Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Berks Encore, 40 N 9th St, Reading, PA 19601. For online condolences, please visit LutzFuneralHome.com
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Sue Jackson

Posted at 12:16pm
Mike & Marilee and Barbara & Ray, I'm so sorry to hear about the death of your mother. My thoughts are with you at this time.
Sue Reber Jackson
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Elizabeth Lang

Posted at 07:21pm
I always knew her as Aunt Glady. Her mother and my grandmother were sisters ..close sisters. They wrote often and when they were able to get together they laughed a lot. My mother was a bridesmaid in her wedding. Aunt Glady and Uncle Harold took me in when I was between families after Gram died. I learned to camp, macrame and do ceramics. She was always busy helping others, doing crafts, camping and cleaning. Her house always was always in order. She believed strongly in God and always made time in her life to worship. She loved her family and was so proud of them all. Aunt Glady was a wonderful role model. Strong, disciplined, fun and always doing a craft or making a basket for others. She was loved by her family and she will be missed. Gladys Schoffstall Hart was an awesome woman who had an awesome life!! (Beth Lang)
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Mildred Hart

Posted at 04:31pm
Sorry to hear about Gladys passing. I will always remember the fun times we had with family. She was a great person who was always willing to do anything for others.
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Marsha Horning

Posted at 12:21pm
I remember Gladys from Trinity. She made me feel very welcomed at Trinity when I first came to that church. She had lots of energy and was always smiling. May she rest in peace and enjoy those angel's wings I'm sure she received. Marsha Horning
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Debbie A. Derby

Posted at 01:54pm
Gladys was a woman who had a very deep faith in God and expressed that faith through her worship and through her service to God's people. She touched the lives of many people throughout her 100 years, and will be remembered by many. God's blessings and peace to all Gladys' family and friends as you mourn your loss.
Debbie Derby, Pastor, Trinity UCC, Mt. Penn
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