John “Uncle John” J. Miksits, 78, of North- ampton, died suddenly March 25, 2017, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenberg campus, Bethlehem. He was the husband of Nancy E. (Koehler) Miksits for 54 years.
Born in Northampton, he was a son of the late Edward and Rose (Szoke) Miksits.
He was a 1956 graduate of Northampton High School and was a graduate of Kutztown State Teachers College.
He was a lance corporal in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam era.
Samuel K. Benner Sr., 77, of Bath, died March 17, 2017, at Vero Beach, Fla. He was the companion of Yolanda.
Born in Northampton, he was a son of the late Samuel and Daisy (Stephen) Benner.
He was a truck driver for many years until he retired.
He was a member of the W.I.T. He owned Harley Davidson motorcycles exclusively.
Joseph L. Duncan, 85, formerly of Macungie, died March 27, 2017, in Luther Crest Nursing Care Center, Allentown. He was the husband of the late Charlotte R. Lentz.
Born in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late Harry G. and Mary (Burns) Duncan.
He was an U.S. Navy veteran during the Korean War era.
He worked in the maintenance department of Tarkett Inc., Whitehall, for more than 40 years.
He was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Allentown.
He is survived by nieces and nephews, Anita, Patrick, Thomas, Susan, Lawrence and Kathleen.
Gary A. Neifert Sr., 74, of Cherryville, died March 30, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Health Network, Muhlenberg, just minutes before his birthday, after hard-fought battles with cancer. He was the husband of Louise M. (Gerhard) Neifert for 52 years.
Born in Palmerton, he was a son of the late Irvin L. and Dorothy M. (Christman) Neifert.
He was a Coplay High School graduate.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War.
He owned Gary’s Barber Shop, Lehighton.
He was a member of Hope Lutheran Church, Cherryville.
Arabella C. Minnich, 90, of Elizabethtown and formerly of Walnutport, died March 24, 2017, at Masonic Village, Elizabethtown. She was the wife of the late Rollin E. Minnich Jr.
Born in Kreidersville, she was a daughter of the late Elmer and Minnie (Anthony) Fogelman.
Robert G. Deibert, 91, of Catasauqua, died March 13, 2017. He was the husband of the late Helen (Kappes) Deibert for 63 years.
Born in Catasauqua, he was a son of the late Albert S. and Rhoda M. (Briggs) Deibert.
He was a graduate of Catasauqua High School and East Stroudsburg University.
He was in the Pacific campaign in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He was a teacher for the Catasauqua Area School District for many years.
He was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua.
Helen Yaple, 90, formerly of Whitehall, died March 20, 2017, at Weston Senior Living, Northampton. She was the wife of the late Edward Yaple.
Born in Egypt, she was a daughter of the late Stephen and Barbara (Supp) Lubenetsky.
She worked at the former Cross Country Clothes for many years.
She was a member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Whitehall.
She is survived by nieces, of which Barb Zydyk and Jean Rasley were like daughters to her; and nephews.
She was predeceased by a brother, John Lubenetsky; and two sisters, Olga Webb and Mary Kometic.
Nancy J. Buchman, 83, formerly of Walnutport and Coplay, died March 17, 2017. She was the wife of the late Nicholas Piston and the late Robert Buchman.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late William and Mary (Scheirer) Ruch.
She was a school bus driver for the Whitehall-Coplay School District for many years.
She was a member of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Church, Northampton.
Olive V. Saras, 92, of Northampton, died March 23, 2017. She was the wife of the late Richard Raymond Saras.
Born in Linneus, Maine, she was a daughter of the late Oliver and Ula (Gartner) Cole.
She retired from the Catasauqua School District in 1988.
She is survived by a daughter, Diane Reyda; a son, David and his wife Brenda; a daughter, Sandy and her spouse Wendy Novak; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and a sister, Avis Hermany.
Wilbert F. Dreher Jr., 74, of Northampton, died March 24, 2017, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. He was the husband of Sharon L. (Wechsler) Dreher for 53 years.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Wilbert F. Sr. and Marion (Mitman) Dreher.
He was a union laborer for 25 years until he retired. Earlier, he had been a television repairman.
He was a member of laborer’s Local 1174 of Allentown.