Thomas A. Banyas Jr., 58, of Alburtis and formerly of Emmaus, died June 3, 2017, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of Melissa A. (Rodenberger) Banyas. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Thomas A. Sr. and Doris J. (Ortt) Banyas.
He was employed at Knoll for 35 years and was a graduate of Emmaus High School.
He is survived by his wife; daughter, Mya; son, Cole; sister, Kathy and her husband Alex Sojtori.
Community blood drive at Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church of Eastern Salisbury, 1707 Church Road, Allentown. The blood drive, 4 to 8 p.m., is in memory of Wayne Leibensperger Jr. Call Deana for an appointment at 610-217-3155.
Lower Milford Fireman’s Carnival, 1601 Limeport Pike, Limeport, through June 17. Grounds open 6 p.m. each night; music begins 7 p.m. each night. Proceeds benefit emergency services in Lower Milford Township.
Patricia A. Dillman, 69, of Salisbury Township, died June 10, 2017, in St. Luke’s Hospice House after a two plus yearlong battle of mediastinal liposarcoma. She was a wife, mother to two and a grandmother to five.
She was a 1965 graduate of William Allen High School and a graduate of the Allentown School District practical nursing program. She dedicated her life as an LPN for 40 years and would have been married 48 years June 14.
Walter J. Ring, 85, of Zionsville, died June 6, 2017. He was the husband of the late Marlene (Zangel) Ring and Nancy (Peters) Ring.
He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force.
He enjoyed gardening, walking and he loved his dog, Khali.
He is survived by children, David, Bryan, Steven and Diane; many grandchildren; sister, Wilma Bryan.
Arrangements were made by the Connell Funeral Home, Bethlehem.
Frederick K. Kitson, 90, of Macungie, died June 9, 2017, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of Barbara A. (Grim) Kitson for 41 years in May and the late Jane E. (Heller) Kitson. He was a son of the late Harold and Margaret (Holder) Kitson.
He graduated from Springfield High School, Erdenheim, in 1944.
He enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve at age 17, serving on active duty in the Pacific. He was discharged in 1946.
He graduated from Lehigh University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Industrial Engineering degree.
Gregory R. Reph, 69, of Lower Macungie Township, died June 8, 2017, at Lehigh Valley Hospice, Allentown. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Russell R. and Naomi A. (Laub) Reph. He and his wife Doris M. (Barndt) Reph were married May 10, 1969 and just celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary.
He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
He was a real estate broker serving the Lehigh Valley for over 42 years.
He was a member of Union Evangelical Lutheran Church, Schnecksville.
Mert M. Loper, 86, of Macungie, died June 7, 2017, in her home. She was the wife of the late John Loper Sr. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Agnes (Gallagher) Bleiler.
She is survived by children, John Jr., Lawrence, Deborah, Rodger; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.
Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Lehigh Valley Chapter, 3893 Adler Place, Suite 170, Bethlehem, 18017.
Services are private. Arrangements were made by the Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, Allentown.
John F. Kelly, 69, of Allentown, died June 9, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Lynnette R. (Bailey) Kelly. They were married for 35 years last August. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Francis and Bettie Kelly, of Emmaus.
He was a graduate of Emmaus High School and the Philadelphia College of Textile and Science.
He served the United States Marine Corps as a supply sergeant in Da Nang at the height of the Vietnam War.