Paul D. Cera, 81, of Lower Macungie Township, died April 13, 2019, in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Elizabeth M. (Orsulak) Cera. They celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary in August. Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Peter John Cera Sr. and Mary (Sovine) Cera.
Daniel Jacob Harries, 9, of Macungie, died April 18, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Born in Allentown, he was the son of Brendan D. and Jessica B. (Krupnick) Harries.
He was a student at Western Salisbury Elementary School.
He loved going to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms games, Dorney Park, roller coasters, dogs and laying in the sun by the pool listening to Bob Marley.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Allentown.
Dr. George A. Kirchner, 76, of Allentown, died April 20, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospice. He was the husband of Carol E. (Cox) Kirchner. Born in York, he was the son of the late Frank A. and Marie (Stine) Kirchner.
Mary A. Grois, 99, formerly of Emmaus, died April 20, 2019, at Mosser Nursing Home, Trexlertown. She was the wife of the late Stanley E. Grois, who died in 2015. Born in Macungie, she was the daughter of the late Lasco and Anna (Haluschak) Terfinko.
She was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church, Emmaus.
Sylvia Rhea (Moyer) Nikles, 76, of Alburtis, died April 20, 2019, at home. She was the wife of the late Alfred L. “Nick” Nikles. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Stanley W. and Miriam (Moyer) Beidelman, of Whitehall.
She was a graduate of Whitehall High School. At 17, she was the youngest appointed church organist in the Lehigh Valley. She was the organist and choir director for Salem U.C.C., Catasauqua, for 32 years and 15 years at the former Dubbs Memorial U.C.C., Allentown, directing several charity musical programs to benefit the churches.
Thomas J. Marzola, 76, of Salisbury Township, died peacefully April 12, 2019, in his home, with his loving wife and family by his side. He was the husband of Joanne (Bove) Marzola, with whom he shared over 53 years of marriage. Born in Jamaica, Queens, N.Y., and raised on Long Island, he was the son of the late John and Ida (Giordano) Marzola.
He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
He owned and operated T.J. Marzola Building and Remodeling since 1971, until retiring in 2011.
Bruce C. Wagner, 87, of Allentown, died April 13, 2019, at Luther Crest. He was the husband of Martha Jean (Shoemaker) Wagner. They celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary June 16, 2018. Born in Emmaus, he was the son of the late John N. and Florence E. (Schadler) Wagner.
He was employed by the East Penn School District for 33 years, retiring in 1989.
He honorably served his country in the Army and fought in the Korean War and reached the rank of Sgt. 1st Class.
William A. Reith Sr., 81, of Emmaus, died April 3, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of the late Sandra Lee (Bower) Reith, who died Feb. 7, 2019. Born in Lower Milford Township, he was the son of the late Marcus and Eva (Stortz) Reith.
He was a longtime and faithful member of Emmaus Moravian Church.
He was a true farmer, born and raised on the family farm, working it his entire life. He also partnered with his brother, working together for more than 50 years at the former Reith Bros. Well Drilling & Pump Service.
Dr. Wistar Borthwick Paist, 99, of Emmaus, died March 24, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital. He was the husband of Agnes (Troxell) Paist. They were married 71 years. Born in Doylestown, he was a son of the late Stanley Scott Paist Sr. and Gertrude (Kolbe) Paist.
His family moved to Glenside and he graduated from Abington High School with a letter in soccer. He enjoyed soccer so much that, 30 years later as an East Penn School Board member, he introduced soccer into the East Penn curriculum.
Frank J. Loprest, Ph.D., 90, of Macungie, formerly of Holland, Bucks County, died April 2, 2019, in his home surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Jane A. (Stables) Loprest to whom he was married 59 years. Born in New York City, N.Y., he was the son of the late John and Josephine (Lizzitano) Loprest.
He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Army National Guard.