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Obituary: Toby Schwartz, 1954-2017 

Published October 16, 2017 at 5:30 a.m. | Updated October 18, 2017 at 9:51 a.m.

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  • Toby Schwartz

Peacefully, with grace and strength, and surrounded by her family, Toby Ruth Schwartz (Goldman) passed away on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Passed first by her parents Irene (Strauss) and Gerald Goldman; twin brother, Gabriel Rutabaga Goldman; and avian companion, Gravy, Toby is missed and loved by her husband, Hank Schwartz; by her children, Aurina Hartz and Elijah Schwartz, as well as their families including new granddaughter Hanaleia Hartz; and by cherished friends from over the many years. Donations and cards are welcome — please send to 23 Goldman Ln, Jamaica, VT 05343.

Well known as a master glassblower, Toby was expert at etching, graphite carving and stained-glass, and she was an inductee to the Museum of American Glass at Wheaton Village. Most likely, you would know her as part of the dynamic duo with her husband, Hank (Hot Glass Works in Jamaica, Vt.), creating their Heirlooms of Tomorrow.

Toby was an artist and craftswoman in every sense of the word. She was proficient in pottery, precious metal clay, drawing, photography, gardening, jewelry and painting, and she was published for her Rebus artwork and folk art drawing collage of envelopes. You may have been asked to donate clothing labels to one of her quilts that were always within reach, or you may have sampled some excellent baked goods from handed-down recipes.

Sixty-two years young, she was magical beyond this plane. A believer in astrology, tarot, reiki and messaging, she would happily ask for a communication for anyone — or sit down to read and analyze your handwriting. She loved the world and the Earth, advocated to reuse-reduce-recycle, belly-danced, played the dulcimer and could easily be seen driving the “star-car.” She was legendary for being able to remember everyone’s names, their children’s ages, their favorite ice cream flavor and the best recent one-liner joke — even if she started with the punch line by accident.

It’s hard to say goodbye while you’re busy saying hello. Love you.

Donations are being put into a fund that will go towards a gravestone unveiling and celebration of life on the anniversary next year. If there is any money left over, it will be considered for a scholarship program for education and the arts. Donations can be made here:

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