Toby Ponnock, of Maple Glen, a daughter of Evelyn and Samuel Ponnock, died on Sunday, October 16, of fallopian tube cancer, at age 79, just weeks before her 80th birthday. She is survived by her husband Sheldon Caplan, her daughter Barbara Zamsky, her son Robert (Sharon) Zamsky, her grandchildren Laura, Spencer, Dylan, Liam, Layne, and William, and her sister Ronnie (Buzz) Ponnock Marcus (Buzz). Toby was vice president of sales for the Magic of Aloe, a skin care company, for twenty years, and was renowned for her skill with make-up and for her success in sales, through education about skin care and cosmetic application. She loved to ski, sail, and socialize. In addition, she was president of the Huntingdon Valley Ski Club for many years, enjoying teaching her children and her grandchildren to ski. Toby Ponnock found much love and happiness on her last ski trip with her children and grandchildren in February 2016, while fighting cancer. She loved to take her grandchildren on ski trips, and even cancer did not hold her back. Her friends took her on her last skiing trip in March 2016. Her husband talked of her zest for life and how much she was loved by family and friends alike. For over twenty years, Toby inspired a group of women by leading yoga classes, imparting her positive attitude and words of wisdom. Toby always owned a dog, and her life-long love of animals motivated her to found “Ma and Paw’s Pet Sitting Service” with her husband Shelly. Toby, who grew up in Merion, was a graduate of Lower Merion High School and Harcum College, where she majored in art. She was known for knitting exquisite sweaters and afghans, and she was also a talented sculptor and painter. Shelley and Toby had 49 years together. She played a significant role in the lives of all of her grandchildren, taking an interest in everything that interested them. She loved to attend their concerts, plays, games, and celebrations. She celebrated 5 of her grandchildren’s B’nai Mitzvot, most recently attending her grandson Will’s Bar Mitzvah. Donations in her memory may be made to The American Cancer Society. The funeral was at Levine’s Memorial Chapel in Trevose, PA, on October 19.
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