Thordis J. Searl
December 6, 1920 - December 21, 2017
Thordis J. Searl, age 97, of Newark, DE, passed away on Thursday, December 21, 2017.
Born in Stavern, Norway on December 6, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Johan and Louise (Pedersen) Johansen. She moved to the United States when she was six years old and settled in Staten Island, NY, where she would later meet her husband and love of her life, John Searl. Thordis graduated from Hunter College in New York City with a bachelor’s degree in English. She moved with her family to Newark, DE in 1956. Devoted to her faith, she was an active longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Newark.
Thordis was active all of her life enjoying walking, swimming, gardening and attending Aquasize classes at the YMCA for over 30 years. She loved literature, languages and words and spent untold hours solving New York Times crosswords, cryptograms, and jumble puzzles. She was a world traveler enjoying trips to Russia, China, Europe, England, Scotland, Israel, Egypt, and the Scandinavian countries in addition to exploring most of the US including Hawaii.
In addition to her parents, Thordis was preceded in death by her husband, John Searl, and brothers, John and Gunnar Johansen. She is survived by her children, Lauren S. Stayton (Andrew), John C. Searl (Ruth), Nancy P. Searl (George H. Pepper), and Stephen V. Searl (Jayne); 8 grandchildren; and 7 great grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 am on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church of Newark, 292 W. Main Street, Newark, DE 19711. Interment will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Newark at the address listed above.