Hamburg area obituaries

Jeffrey A. Seidel

Jeffrey A. Seidel, 58, of Bern Twp., lost his four-year battle with ALS on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 in his residence.

Born in West Reading, he was the son of the late James W. and Mamie A. (Swartley) Seidel. He was a 1974 graduate of Reading High School. Jeff first worked for Conrail from 1977-1990. In 1983, he helped Andy Muller with the start-up of the Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad; and worked there from 1990 until December 30, 2010. Jeff was a member of Telephone Collectors International. He enjoyed trains, telephones and going out to eat with friends.

Jeff is survived by his brother: Scott A. Seidel, and his wife Cay E. Seidel, Temple; one nephew: Scott A. Seidel, Jr., and his companion Lyndsey Seelig; and her daughter Kennedy Seelig.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 11 a.m. from Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., 223 Peach Street, Leesport. A visitation with the family will be held in the funeral home on Saturday, Aug. 30, from 9 to 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to The ALS Association of Greater Philadelphia Chapter, 321 Norristown Road, Suite 260, Ambler, PA 19002 or Christ Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 1301 Luzerne Street, Reading, PA 19601. For online condolences, please visit,


Lynne A. Hurst

Lynne A. Hurst, 75, of Muhlenberg Twp., passed away Sunday Aug. 10 in Manor Care Health Services in Laureldale.

She was married to Rodney J. Hurst. Lynne and Rodney had celebrated fifty nine years of marriage.

Born in Reading, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Fern (Bittle) Spatz.

She was employed by the Reading Hospital and Medical Center as a secretary in the operating room for twenty seven years.

Lynne and Rodney traveled extensively throughout the United States and enjoyed camping at Robin Hill Campground in Lenthartsville.

She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving with her husband Rodney are two children, Deborah L., wife of Eric Biegler of Muhlenberg Twp. And Michael R. Hurst of Clanton, Alabama.

There are four grandchildren, Marc and Andrew Biegler, Michael Hurst, and Heather Riojas.

Also, six great grandchildren, Lukas, Gavin, Paul, David, Caitlin, and Aaron.

There is one sister, Jill, wife of Brian Young of West Wyomissing.

She was predeceased by two sisters, Donna Feltenberger and Lorna Mohring.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Berks Co., 1801 N. 11th St., Reading, PA 19604.

The Milkins Giles Funeral Home, Inc., Temple is entrusted with the funeral arrangements.