Born May 17, 1930, in Pattenburg, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Rosario Modica and Giovanna Paolino Modica. She was also predeceased by her husband, the late Elwood Searles, who passed in 2005. Mrs. Searles was, at one time, employed at the Alpha Public School and worked in the school cafeteria. She was also a former resident of the Village at Upstream Farms. Grace enjoyed cooking, baking, traveling, and above all else, time with her family. Grace is survived by her two sons; Wayne Searles and wife Patricia, of Palmer Township, PA, and David Searles and partner William, of New Hope, PA, as well as grandchildren; Rev. Mark Searles, Colleen Searles, Katie Searles and her fiancé, Alberto Baez, and Michael Baskin-Searles. She is also survived by a great grandchild, Lucas. In addition to her parents and husband, Grace was predeceased by brother, Joseph and Carl Modica, and sister, Ann Virgilio.
Calling hours will be held on Saturday, December 22, 2018, at St. Jane Frances de Chantel Catholic Church, 4049 Hartley Avenue in Palmer Township, from 9:30am to 11:15am with the Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 11:30am. The interment will be in Palmer Township. Arrangements are through the Finegan Funeral Home in Palmer Township. Visit www.fineganfh.com. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Holy Family Manor, 1200 Spring Street, Bethlehem, PA, 18018.