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Reverend Linda Louise Leuser

April 8, 1947November 3, 2019

Rev. Linda Louise Leuser, 72, of Four Oaks, NC, passed away on November 3, 2019 at Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC.

Linda was born in Irvington, NJ, to Ralph and Violet Colyer, on April 8, 1947. She graduated in 1964 from Valesburg High School in Newark, NJ. She married Joseph C. Leuser on October 8, 1966 in South Orange, NJ. Linda graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cedar Crest College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2004 and received her Masters of Divinity degree from Moravian Theological Seminary in 2008.

Upon graduation, she became the Pastor at Salem United Church of Christ of Moorestown, in Bath, PA, before retiring and relocating to North Carolina to be closer to her family. Linda and Joseph recently celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary this past October. Linda’s true passion was being surrounded by family and friends and by helping individuals in their time of need. She always had a smile on her face, a shoulder to cry on and a hand to hold.

Linda is preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Violet Colyer and brother Ralph Jr.

Linda is survived by her loving husband Joseph, daughters Michele Leedom (Jeff), Melissa Mottern (Burt), and son Joseph Leuser (Debbie). Grandsons Nick Leedom, Dylan Leuser and Parker Mottern and granddaughters Tiffany Mottern, Katie Leedom and Amanda and Samantha Leuser.

There will be a memorial service at Four Oaks United Methodist Church, Four Oaks, NC, at a later date.

Memorials may be given to Four Oaks United Methodist Church (in her honor) 302 N. Church Street, Four Oaks, NC 27524.

The family of Linda wishes to extend our sincere thanks to our church family, friends and neighbors for all of their prayers and support during this time of grieving.


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Reverend Linda Louise Leuser

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Monna Lou and Steve Henninger

November 6, 2019

Yes we were so saddened and surprised with Linda’s passing. Lots of fond memories at Dryland UCC with her family and ours. Enjoyed our youth group gatherings with her daughter Melissa. Cherish all these memories and God bless your family. She’s at peace!

Jerry Hittinger

November 6, 2019

So many memories of our strong friendship with Linda & Joe. Church attendance, Consistory, Pairs & Spares functions. Linda will be sorely missed by many from their former church, Dryland U.C.C. in Nazareth, Pa. God bless the family!!

Connie Holleman

November 6, 2019

My husband, Toby, and I were surprised and saddened to learn of Linda’s passing. Toby knew Linda through the Pennsylvania Northeast Conference of the United Church of Christ, where Linda served as pastor at Salem UCC. He often commented on her fine pastoral skills there. I got to meet Linda and Joe when they and we moved down to NC and joined the same church. She exemplified a spirit filled life of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and generosity. She loved her family, and she loved the church. We will miss her and trust that her heavenly home has already welcomed her with great joy.

Bill and Judy Tomko

November 6, 2019

To Joe and family, thinking of all of you during this difficult time. May the wonderful memories of great times together always be in your hearts. Linda was a great neighbor, friend , and fellow member of Dryland UCC.
In sympathy,
Bill and Judy Tomko