Harriet Motyl

Harriet S. Motyl (Swalley)

November 9, 1929 - March 18, 2021
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Harriet S. (Swalley) Motyl, 91, formerly of Reading, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 18, 2021, at Berkshire Center, Exeter Township. She was the daughter of the late Harry and Rose (Snyder) Swalley.

Harriet led a very full life, graduating from Reading High School and chairing alumni reunions there for many years. She was a real “go-getter” in everything she did, from working in accounting at Western Electric, where she was President of the Telephone Pioneers, a feat she was extremely proud of, to serving as President of the Ladies Auxiliary at Reading Hospital. She enjoyed local theater, including performing many times with Reading Civic Opera/Theatre at the Rajah, and with choirs at her churches: St. Luke’s in Reading, and Atonement Lutheran Church in Wyomissing. Harriet also loved to travel, and visited so many wonderful areas throughout the US, including Hawaii.

Harriet is survived by her daughter Lizbeth, wife of Michael Zientek, Shillington, and son, Michael, husband of Enid, The Villages, Florida. Also surviving are the grandchildren she cherished so dearly: Christopher Zientek, Whitney Shuster, and Michael Motyl, her great-grandchildren, Maxwell, Cameron and Carter, and her brother Richard Swalley, Oley.

A Celebration of Harriet’s life will be held Thursday, March 25, 2021, at 11am at Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, 739 Penn Avenue, West Reading, with a visitation for friends and family from 10-11am at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Pleasantview Cemetery, Sinking Spring. Condolences may be expressed at
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  • Visitation

    March 25, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    March 25, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am
    Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc.
    739 Penn Avenue
    West Reading, PA 19611
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    March 25, 2021 | 11:00am
    March 25, 2021 11:00am
    Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc.
    739 Penn Avenue
    West Reading, PA 19611
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Arthur Wyse
  • Interment

    March 25, 2021 | 12:00pm
    March 25, 2021 12:00pm
    Pleasant View Cemetery
    650 Fritztown Road
    Sinking Spring, PA 19608
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Mary Thom

Posted at 08:20pm
Mike, Enid and Families -
Mike, read of your Mother’s passing. Offering my sincere sympathy; may memories bring you much comfort and peace.

Mary Thompson
Mohnton PA

Mike, Enid, Whitney & Michael

Posted at 09:27pm
Remembering you in our hearts forever. May you be at peace with God in His restful hands.
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