2017-05-20 / Community Life

Pool donation recalls Darlene Sitler


Students from Northern Potter Children’s School joined Presbyterian Church leaders (from left), Jane Metzger, Paul Heimel, Moree Haskins and Amy Boardman (front) in presenting a $10,000 donation to Borough Councilman Todd Husson to support the Coudersport Swimming Pool. 
Tim Walck photo Students from Northern Potter Children’s School joined Presbyterian Church leaders (from left), Jane Metzger, Paul Heimel, Moree Haskins and Amy Boardman (front) in presenting a $10,000 donation to Borough Councilman Todd Husson to support the Coudersport Swimming Pool. Tim Walck photo Coudersport’s First United Presbyterian Church presented a $10,000 donation to the Coudersport Swimming Pool fund last week, in memory of former church organist and music director Darlene Sitler.

She was the victim of a brutal murder in the church’s sanctuary in December 2012. Most people knew Sitler as a musician and an educator. She taught music at Northern Potter Children’s School for 30 years. She also played French horn in community bands.

Church members recalled that she became a skilled gardener and tended to the church grounds with her special touch while sharing the bounty of her vegetable garden with congregation members.

Darlene also took an interest in health and fitness, which led her to the Coudersport Swimming Pool to conquer her fear of water. She signed up for adult swimming lessons shortly after her 50th birthday and worked with the instructors to overcome her apprehension and learn to swim. It was among her proudest accomplishments.

In her estate, Sitler left money for both the church and the Children’s School. Church leaders approved the $10,000 donation from the that bequest to help assure that the pool will continue to provide a source of exercise, recreation and community cohesiveness for years to come.

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