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Ila G. (Cotterman) Searfoss Chapin

June 25, 1920 ~ July 22, 2019 (age 99)


Ila G. Searfoss Chapin, age 99, of 303 Town Hill Road, Shickshinny, died at her home on Monday afternoon, July 22, 2019 after a brief illness.

Born in Huntington Township, Luzerne County  on June 25, 1920, she was a daughter of the late Ralph P. and Helen G. (Musselman) Cotterman. She was a lifelong resident of Huntington Township.

Ila was employed briefly at the former cigar factory in Berwick and later employed in the cafeteria of the Huntington Mills Elementary School  for  a number of years and was the manager when she retired.

An active member of the Town Hill United Methodist Church, she was a member of the over 50 Club , assisted with dinners and festivals, as well as making ice cream. She also belonged to the United Methodist Women's group of the church and held  various offices over the years.

Ila served on the Huntington Township election board for many years;  volunteered for the American Red Cross in Wilkes- Barre and also at the Bonham Nursing Center for 33 years.  She enjoyed playing cards and participated in card clubs at her church and also at St. James Church, Bendertown. Her favorite past time was crocheting and she made many beautiful items over the years for friends and family.

She was preceded in death by two husbands: Charles J. Searfoss on August 2, 1971 and Harold Q. Chapin on Feb. 19, 1980; by a son Harold Clifford Searfoss in 1945; by two brothers: Graydon R. Cotterman and Robert J. Cotterman, Sr.; and by two sisters: Betty J. Brubaker and Dorothy Malopolski.

She is survived by three daughters: JoAnn, wife of Richard Karschner, Benton; Janet Fester, Benton; Mary L., wife of Merrill Lynch, Williamsport, Md.; 9 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 29, 2019, at 11 a. m. in the Town Hill United Methodist Church, 417 Town Hill Road, Shickshinny, with Pastor Tyler E. Rauhauser and Pastor Matthew Verstraeten  officiating. Interment will follow in New Columbus Cemetery.  Viewing from 10 - 11 a. m.

The family will provide flowers. Memorials may be sent ion her name to the Town Hill United Methodist Church or to Geisinger Hospice, 410 Glenn Avenue, Suite 200, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Dean W. Kriner, Inc., Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Benton.


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July 29, 2019

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Town Hill United Methodist Church (417 Town Hill Road)

Funeral Service
July 29, 2019

11:00 AM
Town Hill United Methodist Church (417 Town Hill Road)


Geisinger Columbia Montour Home Hospice
410 Glenn Ave, Bloomsburg PA 17815

Town Hill United Methodist Church
417 Town Hill Road, Shickshinny PA 18655

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