Paula K. Searfoss, age 74 and a longtime resident of Syracuse, passed away at home on Tuesday, December 27, 2022 in the loving care of her family.
Born in Goshen on November 16, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Ruth (Schrock) Kerlin. She was a 1967 graduate of Syracuse High School, going on to earn a bachelor's degree in Physical Education from Ball State University.
Paula was quite witty with an infectious laugh and a beaming smile. She had a great love for her family, the outdoors and all things sports! She was on the coaching staff of Wawasee Tennis for several years and gave private tennis lessons to many of her friends. She was an avid reader and a fabulous storyteller. More than any of these things, she was a mother, a wife, daughter, sister and grandmother with a heart for others and for Christ. She was a faithful follower of Jesus, attended Glory Church where she was blessed to be a member along with her dearest friends.
Married to Robert "RT" Searfoss on August 14, 1971, RT and Paula shared more than fifty-one years together. In addition to her husband, RT of Syracuse; six children survive: Olivia Searfoss of Union Pier, MI, Audra Bowler-Searfoss of Fort Wayne, Margo Searfoss of Syracuse, Myra Nissley of Milford, Tyson Searfoss of Syracuse and Charlotte Searfoss of Syracuse; siblings, Doug (Linda) Kerlin of Kimmel and Diane Williams of Tellico Village, TN; four grandchildren: Stella Bowler, Sophia DeOliveira, Brody Nissley and Weston Nissley and one great-grandson, Ezra. In addition to her parents, Paula was preceded in passing by an infant son, Drew Searfoss.
The family will be grieving privately. Final interment will be at Syracuse Cemetery; a memorial service is in the planning stages. Titus Funeral Home of Syracuse is entrusted with arrangements. Memorial gifts and expressions of sympathy may be given as monetary donations to the Kosciucko County Cancer Care Fund co/ K21 Health Foundation.