Lynne (McNelly) Witte, age 66, wife of Martin Witte, of W. Cherry Lane, Limerick Pa., passed away at her residence on Friday, after a long struggle with breast cancer.
Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of Ruth H. (Walker) McNelly, of Royersford, and the late Robert H. “Coach” McNelly.
She was a 1960 graduate of Spring Ford High School, and a 1964 graduate of West Chester University, with a BS in Elementary Education. She taught 3rd grade at Limerick Elementary School, from 1964 to 1969, and later served as a substitute teacher for the Spring Ford Elementary Schools, for many years.
She enjoyed gardening,cooking,needle crafts, scrapbooking, and genealogy research. She also volunteered in the Limerick Elementary Home & School League back in the 1970’s, along with volunteering at St. James Lutheran Church in Limerick. Lynne led a team of church members who made two quilts to commemorate the congregation’s 175th anniversary. She also made a Mission Statement quilt wall hanging. She has created numerous quilts, wall decorations and other needle work pieces for family and friends.
Since 1987 Lynne has been the primary caregiver for her son Michael. For the past ten years, she has researched her family history, traveling to many libraries, courthouses, historical societies, and cemeteries to find information about her ancestors. She also created historic scrapbooks about her family.
Surviving with her husband of 41 years, son, and her mother, are her brothers children, Robert J. McNelly Esq., Elizabeth McNelly, and the spouses. Also she has three sister in-laws and additional neices and nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. She was pre-deceased by a brother, Robert Glenn McNelly.
Memorial services will be held on Tuesday at 5:30 PM, at St. James Lutheran Church, 93 Kugler Rd., Limerick, with the Rev. Stuart Luce, officiating. Friends may call on Tuesday from 4:30 to 5:30 PM, at the church. Burial will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to: Lynne (McNelly) Witte Scholarship Fund, c/o Spring-Ford Area School District, 199 Bechtel Rd., Collegeville, Pa. 19426.