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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Coudersport Murder Victim Identified By State Police

Darlene J. Sitler
Coudersport Murder Victim Identified 
Darlene J. Sitler, 53, of Coudersport, PA, has just been officially identified by State Police as the woman who was shot to death in front of the congregation Sunday morning by her 52 year old ex-husband  while she played the piano at the First Presbyterian Church in Coudersport.

Sitler died at the scene and the ex-husband was subdued by members of the congregation and taken into custody by police. Police have yet to name the ex-husband, even though various newspaper and TV websites have listed the suspect as Greg Eldred, from Coudersport, PA, an Elementary Music teacher  the Coudersport Elementary School.

Black Forest Radio previously reported that Eldred entered the church from a side door and fired two shots at Sitler, apparently killing her instantly. The congregation from the church was bussed to the County's Gunzburger Building where they were interviewed as witnesses.

Sitler was the Music Director at Northern Potter School. She was hired in 1982 as the elementary music teacher.  Sitler presently taught K–6 music classes, instrumental/band, vocal/chorus, and music technology. She had earned certificates in three levels of Orff Schulwerk, a total approach to fostering creativity and conveying musical knowledge and skills, and received her master’s degree in elementary education. Sitler also serves as the District 2 East Elementary Festival Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.

Sitler was a 1981 graduate of Lebanon Valley College where she was a member of the Girls’ Band, Symphony Orchestra, Chapel Choir, College Choir, and the Symphonic, Marching, and Concert Bands. And, she was an accompanist for campus recitals and an active member of the LVC student MENC chapter.

Sitler played the horn in the Wellsville (N.Y.) Performing Arts Orchestra, and served as organist and choir director for the First Presbyterian Church in Coudersport.  Sitler was recently recognized by her colleagues when they nominated her as a Yale Distinguished Music Educator in 2011.

The latest public information release by Trooper David A. Surra of the Coudersport PSP barracks said additional information will be provided as available.


Nicole Walaski said...

Ms Sitler was a beautiful lady. She always strived to find the best in her students. If it wasn't for her I don't think I would have the love for music that I have today! Just a sad tragedy!

Anonymous said...

Rest in Peace Ms. Sitler. Prayers and blessings to all of her family, students, and coworkers. You will be missed.

Dustin Stafford said...

This is a sad and terrible thing my thought and prayers go out to the familys ,the students,the church ,and to the people. of Coudersport. Dustin Stafford

Anonymous said...

I agree very strongly with you Nicole, I am very blessed to call Ms Sitler my music teacher!!!!

Anonymous said...

Many childen, teachers and friends will miss Darlene...she was a great teacher...thoughts and prayers go out to her family...may you rest in peace old friend.

makenna R said...

there was no reason in the world what took place today should have ever happened miss sitler was a kind heated beautibelong full lady that touched each and every one of the kids hearts at northern potter u never no really how much some one has impacted u until there gone and it is to late to thank them for all they have done for u ms sitler may u rest easy now your safe with the angles where u

Anonymous said...

i feel there should be no school Tomorrow.look what the kids half to go thew with people talking and all
this is very heart brooking.
i feel for every one prayers for all

Anonymous said...

Detroit is one of the most dangerous cities in the country and has about 263 murders a year and a population of 713,777 giving a murder rate of about 1 per 2713.
Coudersport has a population of 2,500 and 1 murder per year so our murder rate is now higher than Detroit for the 2nd year in a row.

Stacey VanTreese said...

Yesterday was a sad Day for all of us,It is hard to believe that something like this could happen in such a small area.But today will be even more heartbreaking,for those who have to help our children young and old deal with this.Its so HARD for us as adults to try and understand,but trying to make it easier for our children that's the hard part.

Anonymous said...

Why is eldred being shown wearing his best? Mrs Sitler was the victim she should be pictured in her finery as the stylish loving person she was. I feel portraying eldred this way makes him look innocent and he is far from that. This was premedatate plain and simple. Guilty and the death penalty!!!

Anonymous said...

Really you are going to compare coudersport to Detroit are you serious !!!!!?i moved 2 years ago from high crime rated city newark,nj and i am much safer here then any city in this country believe me i lived all my life in the "ghetto" i love coudersport im just glad this maniac never went crazy like this in school .

Anonymous said...

Ms. Sitler was an excellent teacher. I had her when I was in school and my children also had her. I can not believe that she is gone. She will definitly be greatly missed by many.RIP Ms. Sitler.