The Rev. Vernon Francis Searfoss, 81, of Clarks Summit passed away Sunday morning, May 5. He was the husband of Dorothy Pondish. They were married on June 7, 1958.
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He was born in East Mauch Chunk. He was the son of the late George Searfoss and Nora Bryfogle. He graduated with a BA from Lehigh University in 1955 and went on to receive his Master of Divinity from the General Theological Seminary in New York City in 1958. He took continuing education courses at Johns Hopkins University specializing in the Ministry of Death and Dying. He served as rector of several parishes in the Lehigh Valley before becoming rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Scranton in 1969 until his retirement in 1996. He served as a supply priest at St. James, Dundaff. He was very active in the deaf community, serving in the Diocesan Ministry to the Deaf for 17 years and as vicar of St. Paul's Church for the Deaf in Scranton. He served on several Diocesan Councils and was deputy to the General Convention from 1973 to 1976. He was founder and president of Episcopal House in Allentown. He was a member of the Scranton School Board for eight years, serving as chairman of both the finance and transportation committees. He ran for mayor of Scranton in 1978. He was the recipient of several awards including, Outstanding Citizenship Recognition and Outstanding Contribution to Education from the state Senate, as well as a commendation from Vice President Hubert Humphrey for completion of Episcopal House.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, Jonathan Searfoss and wife, Denise, of Lake Ariel; Karen Ingram and husband, Tracy, of Great Falls, Va.; and Laura Angelo and husband, Frank, of Sugar Land, Texas; and his four grandchildren, Kadiera Searfoss Ingram, David Nicholas Angelo, Jonathan George Searfoss and Sarah Elizabeth Angelo. He is also survived by his siblings, Thomas Bryfogle, Donald Searfoss and Gloria Sebelin.
He was also predeceased by his siblings, George Searfoss, Rueben Searfoss, John Searfoss and Kenneth Searfoss.
Services will be held Friday, May 10, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mark's/St. John's Episcopal Church, 21 Race St., Jim Thorpe. Interment, Sky View Cemetery, Tamaqua.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer's Foundation of America or the
Published in Scranton Times on May 7, 2013