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Willard J. Uhler Jr.

The Rev. Willard J. Uhler Jr., 72, formerly of Hamburg, passed away Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, at Berkshire Center.

He was the husband of Charlotte E. (Paulson) Uhler. They were married June 14, 1969, and celebrated 51 years of marriage. Born in Abington, he was a son of the late Willard J. Uhler Sr., and Marjorie A. (Snyder) Uhler.

He graduated from Wilson High School (Easton) in 1965. Following high school, he attended Soumi Junior College from 1966-68, Carthage College from 1968-70 and finally Hamma School of Theology, at Wittenberg College, in Springfield, Ohio, from 1970 to 1974. He was ordained as a Lutheran minister May 24, 1974. Pastor Uhler began his career at St. Luke's Church in Archibald, and St. Paul's, Carbondale, from 1974-78. He was then called to serve St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tamaqua, from 1978-90, and then was called to St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hamburg, from 1990 until retirement in 2014, where he is currently a member and pastor emeritus. Pastor Uhler retired from ministry June 1, 2014, shortly after celebrating 40 years of ordination. He was an honorary member of the Hamburg Rotary club, and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He had fond memories of playing the tuba in high school.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two children, Christian G. Uhler, husband of Amber L. (Janosa), Saylorsburg, and Merideth E. (Uhler) Saul, wife of Justin M., Mohrsville; four grandchildren, Che A. Narvaez, Victoria E. Uhler, Bella P. Uhler and Charles D. Saul; a sister, Lenora M. (Uhler) Della Franzia, widow of Ronald, Horsham.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings, funeral services will be PRIVATELY held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 99 Church St., Hamburg. Funeral services will be livestreamed on the churches Facebook page and YouTube. Burial will follow in Northampton Memorial Shrine, Palmer Township. Viewings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at Leibensperger Funeral Homes Inc., 65 S. Fourth St., Hamburg (off street parking in rear), and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church. CDC social distancing guidelines shall be followed at all times. Please wear a face covering. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hamburg, at the above address. Leibensperger Funeral Homes Inc. is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit www.leibenspergerfuneralhomes.com.


Published in Republican & Herald from Nov. 28 to Nov. 29, 2020
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