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Rachel Zehner, 97 – Usually Won at Scrabble

Rachel E. (Seidel) Zehner, age 97, of Orwigsburg, died peacefully at Seton Manor on February 18, 2020, where she resided since May of 2016.

She was the widow of Russell C. Zehner who died in June of 1975.

Born October 29,1922 in Lenhartsville, to Hettie (Moll) and Milton W. Seidel, she was one of 11 children and grew up on the family farm in Lenhartsville. Rachel attended Perry School District in Shoemakersville and Ford Business School in Pottsville.

She and her husband, Russ, met on their high school field trip to Washington, DC. They were married on March 3, 1945.

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Rachel was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and a choir member for many years. After retirement from the Sylray she spent endless hours quilting which was one of her favorite hobbies. As a member of the Schuylkill County Quilters Guild she spent a great deal of time quilting for family members. She enjoyed a good game of Scrabble and usually won. A trip to the choir festival in Ocean Grove, NJ during the summer was something she looked forward to for many years.

Rachel is survived by one brother, Elton Seidel, of Lenhartsville, and three daughters, Connie Teter, wife of Lester, Orwigsburg; Diane Brobst, New Ringgold; and Jan Grove of Orwigsburg.

She was predeceased by four brothers; Arlan, Curtis, George and Lloyd Seidel; five sisters; Miriam Lengel, Helen Gougler, Evelyn Sproesser, Esther Koehler, Anna Kessler; and her son, Carl J. “Rock”Zehner.

Grandchildren; Leslie Dahl, Russell Teter, Rory Teter, Robert Brobst, Jennifer Lee, Sherri Zehner, Joshua Grove, Michele Shaner, Genia Torola and Jeremy Zehner. Great-Grandchildren; Jeffrey Dillman, Jonathon Dahl, Paige Teter, Katlin Brobst, Averey and Madison Lee, Mikayla and McKenzie Torola, Hunter and Trisha Teter, Shod and Mason Zehner.

Services will be held on Saturday, February 29, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Orwigsburg.Visitation from 10 am until time of service at 11 am. Burial will be at Zion’s Stone Church-West Penn, New Ringgold.

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In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Rachel’s name to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 215 North Warren Street, Orwigsburg, PA 17961.

Hamilton-Breiner Funeral Home, Inc., Orwigsburg is honored to be serving the family.


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