Linda W. Neiss, 78

September 12, 2022

Born in Lititz on March 24, 1944 to parents Chester L. Wertsch Sr. and Esther M. Cochran Wertsch. She was the wife of James P. Neiss.

Linda was a graduate of Warwick High School, Class of 1962. She worked at Liberty Mutual Insurance and Commonwealth Bank. She opened Your Day Bridal and Jen-E-Lynn’s Corner in Lititz in the mid 70’s. She also worked at Joyce Gibble Gifts off and on for over 20-years both full-time and part-time. Linda gives credit to Joyce for being her mentor and friend and for teaching her the ropes of “gift business” retail. Joyce was instrumental in giving advice when Linda opened up her own retail store The Main Street Peddler and later Heavenly Soaps & Scents, both in Lititz. Both of those stores are currently operating in Lititz since their founding in the mid 90’s.

She was a member of the Venture Club of Lancaster and a member of Lititz United Methodist Church, and she volunteered in the church office and gave her time preparing meals for those in need.

She enjoyed spending summers at her parent’s summer cottage on the Chesapeake Bay in Charlestown, MD and vacationing with family and friends in Ocean City, New Jersey, and Lewes, Delaware. She loved baking and cooking for her family and friends, keeping them stocked up with chicken pot pie, iced sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate cake with peanut butter icing, and soups.

She was also known as the “cat lady”, taking care of up to twenty-eight stray cats at one point. All were eventually adopted. She enjoyed antiquing, loved meeting all the different patrons who entered her shops, and she loved going to gift shows. Most of all, Linda always put family first and loved every one of them with all her heart.
She is survived by her husband and four children, son Timothy Neiss (husband of Wendy) of Manheim, daughter Kelly Ann (Neiss) Bomberger (wife of Doug) of Lititz, son Craig Shelly (husband of Danette) of New Holland, and daughter Jennifer L. (Shelly) Wainman of Lititz. There are seven grandchildren, Tyler and Jon Neiss, Drew and Dain Bomberger, Penn and Brooke Shelly, and Tommy Wainman and two great-grandchildren Bodie and Saylor Bomberger.
She was preceded in death her husband Jay Shelly and by a brother Chet and is survived by brother Dr. Harry Wertsch, sister Sylvia (Wertsch) Slater, and sister Dr. Karen (Wertsch) Malleus.

Family will receive friends Monday, Sept. 19, 2022 from 1pm-2pm at Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA with a celebration of Linda’s life beginning at 2pm.

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September 16, 2022

Though it’s been many years, I have fond memories of our times together at various Neiss/Malleus family events, and certainly my time with Craig as his big brother. Linda, rest in peace. My deepest sympathies to the family on her passing.

September 15, 2022

This is heartbreaking to see. I always considered Linda to be a second mom, knowing her since I was a pre-teen. She was the sweetest soul, and I loved visiting her when I would return home. My thoughts are with all, she was the best.

September 14, 2022

We are very blessed to have had Linda as a neighbor and she will be missed tremendously.  She was always so caring and kind.  Even when her neighbor’s kid had loud vehicles across the street and would leave early for work in the morning.  LOL.  She would make the best soups and cookies and share them as a way of saying thank you for helping her and Jim out.  (which was not necessary but we loved it anyway!) Our lives and the neighborhood will forever be changed now.  I’m so glad we got to know her for the past 16 years that we have lived across the street.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim and their family during this time.  

September 14, 2022

What a beautiful person! We feel blessed to have known Linda. She was definitely a bright light and loved her famiy very much! Prayers for you all as we have no doubt there will be a great hole in your lives. Blessings The Caffrey’s

Monday, September 19, 2022
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Lititz, PA 17543
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