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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Darlene J. Sitler, 53, of 7 W. Fourth St., Coudersport, PA

Darlene J. Sitler, 53, of 7 W. Fourth St., Coudersport, PA, died Sunday morning (Nov. 2, 2012) at the First United Presbyterian Church, Coudersport, when she was shot by her former husband while playing piano for a service.

Born June 5, 1959, at the Berwick Hospital, she was a daughter of Martha E. Shaffer Sitler of Orangeville and the late Derl W. Sitler. She resided in Coudersport for the past 30 years.

She was a 1977 graduate of Benton Area High School and a 1981 graduate of Lebanon Valley College, Annville. In college, she took part in the girls' band symphony orchestra chapel choir; college choir; and the symphonic, marching and concert bands.

Darlene was on the faculty of the Northern Potter County School District for 30 years as an elementary music teacher. She was recently recognized by her colleagues when they nominated her as a Yale Distinguished Music Educator in 2011. She was a District 2 East Elementary Festival coordinator of the Pennsylvania Music Educator's Association. Darlene played the French horn in the Performing Arts Orchestra, Wellsville, N.Y.

She was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church, Coudersport, where she served as the church organist and choir director.

Surviving in addition to her mother are two brothers, Arden W. (Roseanne) Sitler of Berwick and Marlin L. (Lois) Sitler of Orangeville; six nephews and nieces; and several grandnephews and grandnieces.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Dean W. Kriner Inc. Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 30 Two and A Half St., Benton, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday (Dec. 6, 2012). Interment will be in Zion Cemetery, Fishingcreek Township.

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Anonymous said...

I think the teachers should get a bus and go to her funeral. What a wonderful lady she was.

Anonymous said...

Arrangements are being made for the staff. She was a wonderful person. She inspired the children to love music. She will be greatly missed. Her love of life and music shall live on through all the children that she has taught over the passed 30 years.

Anonymous said...

The shooter got more press than this!
To find out about her accomplishments you had to click on a link. A link!

Anonymous said...

God needed the best 'choir director' for His heavenly Christmas Celebration...He found her with Darlene!

Anonymous said...

Amen! 4:19. Well said. She sure knew how to put on a Christmas concert!

Anonymous said...

my kids had her as well she was a sweet lady now we live in coudy

Anonymous said...

I didn't have to click on any link to see Mrs. Sitlers achievement. It was posted right here on Solomon's word. It was on there even befor her x-husbands was on there.

Anonymous said...

The best music teacher ever is know needed in heaven to lead out angels in a heavenly Christmas concert.You will be greatly missed.

Anonymous said...

You were a great music teacher Mrs. Sitler. We all love you, and you will be greatly missed by many. You had a smile on your face everyday, you loved what you did. Now God has another amazing angel for his chior. :)