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Nicholas Bybel, Sr. Md

November 25, 1932 — December 11, 2021

Muhlenberg Township, PA

Nicholas Bybel Sr., MD, 89, of Reading passed away December 11th 2021.  Born in Berwick, PA to the late Peter and Stephanie Bybel, he was married to Gretchen Dunkelberger Bybel for over 65 years.  He was a 1950 graduate of Mt. Penn HS, 1957 graduate of Albright College and a 1961 graduate of Hahnemann Medical College.  He completed his family practice training at St. Joseph Medical Center, Reading as well as

extra training in general surgery at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Wills Eye and U.S. Naval Hospital in Philadelphia.  He practiced family medicine in Muhlenberg Township for over 40 years.  He was chairman of the Muhlenberg Township Board of Health.  He was a corporate physician during his career for Windsor Service Corporation, Metropolitan Edison, and Dana Corporation.  He volunteered as the team physician for many years for the Muhlenberg HS football teams.  Dr. Bybel was elected and served as Berks County coroner from 2002-2006.  Moreover, he was an advisory board member of the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners.  He was a 49+ year member and three time Past Master of Masonic Lodge 62.  Dr. Bybel was a 32nd degree Mason and a trustee of the Masonic Center Foundation.  He was a member of Scottish Rite, Rajah Temple Shriners, Directors staff of Shriners Hospitals, Tall Cedars, and Rotary in the Reading area.  In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son Nicholas Jr., husband of Dr. Ann Marie Bybel, Lancaster, Robert, husband of Aksana Bybel, Layton, Utah and daughter  Gretchen Bybel, MD of Reading.   He is also survived by four granddaughters:  Nichole, Lauren, Alexandra, and Victoria, one grandson Nicholas III, and ten great grandchildren.   He is as well survived by his Aunt Eve and sisters Rosalie, Marie, and Karen.  Dr. Bybel enjoyed his family, his German Shepherds, and providing medical care in his community.  He was actively involved for over 50 years in community service and PA politics.  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to the American Lung Association, Disabled American Veterans, or Shriners Hospital for Children.  Bean Funeral Home in Shillington is in charge of arrangements.  The Funeral will be private.  A celebration of life will be scheduled in the future.   Online condolences may be made at

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