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Linda Ludovici

July 6, 1950 ~ January 6, 2024 (age 73) 73 Years Old

Linda Ludovici Obituary

Linda Rosann (Shepherd) Ludovici (73 yrs old, hometown of Chester, WV) born in Elkins, WV on July 6, 1950.  She left this earth on January 6, 2024 while at her son Johnny’s home in Virginia Beach, VA, where she had been residing the past two years.

If you knew nothing else about Linda Ludovici, you knew she was never more than an arm’s length away from her Mountain Dew. We believe she single handedly kept that brand in business – we’re still unsure if she owned stock in PepsiCo, but I guess we’re about to find out!

She had a quick wit and an uncanny adeptness for random knowledge and fun facts, which she would swiftly share if you were interested. You definitely wanted her on your trivia team. She was an accidental collector of many things; tea pots, Fiestaware, a good box (we all have fallen prey to keeping a good box), and neighborhood cats to name a few.

Despite the consistent flow of caffeine and sugar, Linda moved at a glacial pace but ironically had a love for fast cars and even faster boats. She may have been slower than molasses, however she was always worth the wait.  She’d be in the kitchen, in curlers applying her makeup before her shower (we still don’t know how she did it) and her bathrobe saying “Go ahead without me…”  She may have always been fashionably late yet she managed to show up just at the right moment. We will do our best to break from tradition and get her to her celebration of life on time. 

Linda may not have been an Iron Chef in the kitchen; however, the woman had a few signature dishes that would knock your socks off. You could taste the love and care she put into her much-loved dishes. Her linguine with clams or alfredo were two Christmas Eve favorites and were present every year (lest she perturb those in attendance). Another crowd favorite was her Haluski, just be sure to not tell anyone that the secret was the sheer abundance of butter!

She loved celebrating holidays; the 4th of July was high on her list. Family and friends would come over to sit on the porch, be in community with one another, and break bread. After all, who doesn’t love a good cookout and some of the best damn fireworks you have ever seen?!? For a sleepy little river town, Chester has got it going on.   

Forever the hostess, she made you feel just as welcomed at the Mountaineer as you did in her home. Her genuine smile and warm hugs would make even the newest person to the situation feel immediately welcomed and cared for – it was simply in her nature. If you had the pleasure of visiting Linda at home, the chances were high that you were leaving there with an Avon box full of food, goodies, and a few fancy Avon products.  

Linda had a quiet strength which many admired and even in the toughest of times, she remained steadfast and kind. She was patient, compassionate and always seemed to know what someone needed – that was one of her superpowers.    

She was the first grandchild on both sides of her family and born on her Grandmother Gert’s birthday. As the first, she often fell into the trope of eldest daughter caring for her siblings whether they wanted her to or not. Shenanigans were had and if caught, it was never Linda’s fault. We won’t spill too many of Linda’s secrets so you will have to ask her siblings Cindy Gadd (Jim), Beverley Casto (Chuck), and Frank Shepherd (Carol) for all the juicy details. 

She was preceded in death by both of her parents, Mary Frances Shepherd (Bootsie as she was colloquially called) and Earl Gene Shepherd as well as her husband John Ludovici.

She was a proud mother to Johnny Ludovici (Anita) and Goldie Ludovici (Lee) and an even prouder grandmother to Rosalind Ludovici (Matt) and Morgan Ludovici.  She has too many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews to list...  we’d be taking up a collection to pay for this obituary if we listed everyone! Most importantly – you know who you are! 

Linda was loved and admired by many and will be missed greatly by those who knew her.

A celebration of life will take place in Chester, West Virginia July 5th or 6th, 2024 (Time TBD) at Arner Funeral Chapel.

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