Paula K. Searfoss, 74, longtime resident of Syracuse, died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022, in the loving care of her family at home in Syracuse.
Born Nov. 16, 1948, in Goshen, 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 and attended Glory Church where she was blessed to be a member along with her dearest friends.
Married to Robert “RT” Searfoss on Aug. 14, 1971, RT and Paula shared more than 51 years together. In addition to her husband, RT, Syracuse; six children survive: Olivia Searfoss, Union Pier, Mich., Audra Bowler-Searfoss, Fort Wayne, Margo Searfoss, Syracuse, Myra Nissley, Milford, Tyson Searfoss, Syracuse and Charlotte Searfoss, Syracuse; siblings, Doug (Linda) Kerlin, Kimmel and Diane Williams, Tellico Village, Tenn.; 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 death 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 may be give to the Kosciusko County Cancer Care Fund C/O K21 Health Foundation.