Linda Anne Shotsberger – Villages-News.com

Linda Anne Shotsberger

Linda Anne Shotsberger, 75, died quietly and peacefully on Monday, August 15, 2022 at 2:45 p.m. after a year-long battle with ALS. She died at her home in The Villages, Florida, with her husband, David, by her side. She slipped silently from her husband’s arms into the waiting arms of Jesus, her Lord and Saviour.

Linda was born in Lewistown, Pennsylvania on December 3, 1946, to the late Robert H Coulter and Gladys Anne (Bonson) Coulter. She was predeceased by 3 brothers, John H Coulter; William N Coulter; James R Coulter and a daughter-in-law Dana M Shotsberger.

Linda is survived by her husband of 50 years, David L Shotsberger Sr; son David L Shotsberger Jr and wife Holly M (Landefeld) Shotsberger; grandson David L Shotsberger III; granddaughter Lydia R Shotsberger all of Arlington, TN and step-grandson Cody M Frankhouser of Lewistown, PA.

Linda graduated from Kishacoquillas High School, Brown Township, Mifflin County, PA in the class of 1964 as an academic major. After graduating, she began her ambition to become a registered nurse by enrolling at York Hospital School of Nursing, York, PA and graduated in the class of 1967. She then took the board exam state nursing to become a registered nurse and was successful with flight. colors. If anyone was meant to be a nurse, it was Linda because she loved helping and caring for people so much and dedicated her life to her profession.

On July 10, 1971, she met the man who would become “the man of her dreams”, David L Shotsberger. They became engaged on Valentine’s Day 1972 and married on May 6, 1972 in Danville, PA. Together they had a son, David Jr, on March 9, 1974. They later moved to Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, where they lived happily for 37½ years.

Linda was employed by Lewistown Hospital, Lewistown, Pennsylvania as a ward nurse after graduating from nursing school. She then took a position as a guest nurse employed by the Mifflin/Juniata County Visiting Nursing Agency, headquartered in Lewistown. She was later recruited by Dr. Joe Brown Jr to be his office nurse in his internal medicine practice. She then took a 6-year break to be a mother to her son, David. She returned to nursing where she found her dream job, working in a pediatric practice in State College, Pennsylvania. She worked for Center Pediatrics for 30 years, retiring in 2008 and loved every minute she spent working with children and as a practice triage nurse. She took a sign language course at Penn State University just so she could deal with deaf children from the practice.

But the real love of his life was spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ through music. Linda along with her husband David and son David Jr, formed the New Life Gospel Singing Ministry. They traveled extensively across the northeast part of the country, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River in the “big green bus.” They were in demand for churches, fairs, festivals, Christian restaurants, cruise ships, high school auditoriums – anywhere the gospel of Jesus Christ would be heard. The music was a mix of Southern Gospel and Christian Country and was enjoyed by all. In the 20 years on the road, they recorded 11 albums with one of their songs called “Lead Me On” nominated for a prestigious Grammy Award in 1982. But the best part for Linda was the church ministry where she could interact. with people and share the gospel of Jesus and pray for their needs.

Throughout her illness with ALS, she never questioned her Savior and continued to praise Him until the day she breathed her last in her husband’s arms. Her faith had sustained her through thick and thin and through this devastating illness and she remained faithful to him. His two favorite scriptures were 2 Timothy 1:7 – “God gave us not a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, love, and common sense” and 2 Timothy 4:7 – “I fought the good fight, I finished the race, I kept the faith”.

In 2012, Linda and her husband moved to The Villages, FL – a retirement community. She loved this place and felt that God had called them specifically to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. She was the “neighborhood nurse” and helped anyone who needed a hand with anything. She helped organize monthly lunches with neighborhood girls to promote camaraderie and goodwill. She loved “Zumba” and took classes 5 days a week. At Zumba, she was able to start a prayer ministry for anyone who needed help and guidance for whatever reason. Her beautiful “smile” and wonderful personality would quickly win over anyone and allow her to meet their needs.

Linda helped train as a nurse by modeling for a local department store in York, Pennsylvania. Here in The Villages, she discovered a local women’s fashion boutique called “Patchington” and fell in love with their clothes. Afterwards, she was approached to become a model for the store and started her modeling adventure again. With her beautiful smile and talent for modeling, she was a hit with everyone at the store’s fashion shows which usually take place once a month. The “Patchington Girls”, as the models are called, are a terrific group of beautiful and talented ladies who take care of each other and present themselves and the store’s clothes in an extremely professional manner. It was very difficult for Linda to give up modeling with the girls when she could no longer “strut the runway” due to her illness. She did, however, stay in touch with the girls until the end and they all kept in touch with her through visits and text messages.

A “Celebration of Life” will be held at Life Church’s Assembly of God, 4001 Picciola Rd, Fruitland Park, FL 34731 on September 10 at 10:00 a.m. with Senior Pastor Rick Welborne officiating. Please come and celebrate Linda’s life with us…it will be an exciting event!!!

Interment will be at the Florida National Cemetery – Bushnell, FL at the convenience of the family.

In honor of Linda’s life, please wear bright colors and dress “like Linda would” – please, no black!!

Linda requested that memorial donations be given to the Life Church Missions Fund in lieu of flowers.

Linda will be remembered for her infectious beautiful smile, her wonderful caring spirit and her boundless love for her Lord and Savor Jesus Christ.

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