The Life of Mrs. Verna I. Seidel

Verna I. (Schmoyer) Seidel, 95, of Richmond Township, passed away suddenly on Sunday, January 2, 2022 in her residence. She was the widow of Lee I. Seidel who died November 14, 2010.

Born in Breinigsville, Verna was a daughter of the late John D. and Ida V. (Smith) Seidel. She was a member of Zion Lehigh Lutheran Church, Alburtis, and was a homemaker. Verna enjoyed spending time at her home, whether it was cooking and baking in her kitchen, crocheting and sewing, or enjoying her dogs.

Verna is survived by a niece and two great-nephews. Along with her husband and parents, Verna was predeceased by several siblings.

A graveside funeral service to honor and celebrate Verna’s life and burial will be held on Friday, January 7, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. at Lehigh Zion Cemetery, 8269 Spring Creek Road, Alburtis, with The Reverend David Charles Smith officiating.

Ludwick Funeral Homes and Cremation Care, Inc., Kutztown, is in charge of arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared at

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I met Verna over 40 years ago. While she was working as a house cleaner, and i happened to stop at the address on another matter, we connected and then it began ...buying our Thanksgiving turkey every year from her farm! As the years went by, I would bring my girls to the farm to see her brothers animals. One of their dogs, Princess was our favorite! (And then later, Mitzi) Since then, our relationship evolved to everyday conversations about her memories, my memories,.. and we would share about our day, and sometimes pray away our troubles together.

Verna taught me how to make sauerkraut, fried eggplant, homemade noodles, fasnacht donuts, kiffles, ....I know there is more. She made me Stuffed Pigs Stomach, and cow tongue, very special tastes for me to try. Her pies were soooo good!

I can't forget her strawberry patch! I would learn how much work it was to pick strawberries on my knees! She made her own horseradish. The last time, my husband Joe and I helped dig out the roots and process the horseradish in her basement kitchen. (Poor Joe had the hardest job of grinding the horseradish, he cried through that whole morning :)

I want you to know that Verna was a wonderful, strong, and smart person. It was a privilege to call her my friend.

Our last conversation on Sunday, January 2, we talked about Psalm 23. "The Lord is my Shepard, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He guides me along still waters..."          she told me that she remembered that old scripture..... and that day, Verna found her green pasture.


"God bless you and I love you." (these were our last words)

Posted by Fran M on 01/14/2022