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Chalmer Dilling, former Nanty Glo pastor

August 9 2003

Pastor Chalmer C. Dilling, former pastor of Nanty Glo's Church of the Brethren, died Thursday, August 7, 2003, at Beacon Ridge Nursing Facility in Indiana at age 88. Born August 12, 1914, in Windber, he was preceded in death by his parents, Chalmer R. and Charlotte "Lottie" Parks Dilling. He was ordained to the ministry of the Church of the Brethren in 1936, and had been pastor in Indiana, Plum Creek, Montgomery, Purchase Line, Conemaugh, Monroeville, Greensburg, Bethel-Greenville, and Penn Run besides Nanty Glo.

He was a current member of the Penn Run Church of the Brethren and of the District Board of the Church of the Brethren Discipleship and Reconciliation Committee, Western Pennsylvania District. He had also been employed as a mine clerk for Bethlehem Mine Corp. for 40 years. He enjoyed gardening, especially growing roses.

He is survived by five sons and a daughter: John C. and wife Sandra, Penn Run; David L. and wife Judy, Nanty Glo; Patricia Mattos and husband Trevor, Long Branch, N.J.; James E. and wife Susan, Alexandria, Pa.; Paul and wife Cathy, Grand Forks, N.D.; Thomas W., Frederick, Md.; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a brother, George Dilling and wife Nora, Pittsburgh; and a sister, Ruby Keith and husband Marion, Sun Ray, Fla.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Faye J. Barndt Dilling in 2002; a son, Chalmer C. Dilling, Jr.; one grandson, Richard F. Coles; one great-grandson, Devon Farabaugh; four sisters: Dorothy Paul, Mary Elizabeth Dilling, Anna Baker, Catherine Ditmars; one son-in-law, Richard S. Coles, and one daughter-in-law, Amy Dilling.

Friends will be received from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Bowser-Minich Funeral Home, Indiana, and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday at the Penn Run Church of the Brethren where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Mondaywith the Pastor Wilbur H. Hosler and the Rev. Ronald D. Beachley officiating.

Entombment will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery Mausoleum, Johnstown. Memorial contributions may be made to Penn Run Church of the Brethren Building Fund, P.O. Box 460, Penn Run, Pa. 15765.

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