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By David Wildstein, November 11 2019 8:33 am

Joseph Perconti, the municipal court judge in Ringwood, Wanaque and West Milford, died on November 8 after a fight with an aggressive form of brain cancer.  He was 54.  Perconti had served as municipal court judge in Prospect Park, Wyckoff Planning Board attorney municipal prosecutor in Totowa, Prospect Park and Wanaque, public defender in North Haledon, and as special counsel to the City of Paterson.  Chief Justice Stuart Rabner had named him Central Judicial Processing Judge in Paterson.

Mary Wells, the first woman and the first Democrat to serve on the Moorestown Township Council, died on November 5.  She was 77.  Wells was elected in 1974.  Her husband, Harold (Skip) Wells, served as a Superior Court Judge.

Edward Romeo Longo, a former three-term mayor of Cedar Grove, died on November 5.  He was 66.  He was elected to the council in 1995 and served on-and-off until 2017.

Bill Dietze, a former mayor of Kingwood and township committeeman, died on October 28.  He was 74. Dietze served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, spent 25 years as a U.S. Coast Guard reservist, and was a school board member in Kingswood.  He was the Director of Soil Conservation in Hunterdon County before moving on to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Safe Drinking Water, where he worked until his retirement in 2006

John Sabia, the former Wood-Ridge superintendent of public works, died on November 6.  He was 78.  A U.S. Navy veteran, Sabia had also worked for Carlstadt and Glen Ridge and is a past Carlstadt Fire Chief.

Frank Reilly, who spent 18 years on the Jackson Township Board of Education, died on October 13.  He was 81. Reilly served in the U.S. Air Force.

Patricia Tunney, the former First Lady of Seaside Heights, died on November 5.  She was 976.  He late husband, William Patrick Tunney, was the mayor.

Michael Carr, the former city engineer for Perth Amboy, died on November 8.  He was 77.  A U.S. Navy Sea Cadets veteran, Carr also served on the Edison Zoning Board and a Perth Amboy firefighter.

Ann Bonney, who worked as a receptionist at the Ocean Township municipal building until she was in her 80s, died on November 9.  She was 91.

Ross Cusumano, a former Democratic County Committeeman in Metuchen, died on November 9.  He as 83.

Elizabeth Wood, a former member of the Toms River Republican Club, died on November 6.  She was 96.

Christiana Zapf, who was active in Republican politics in Manchester Township, died on October 30. She was 80.

Philip Baratta, a former East Paterson (now Elmwood Park) school board member, died on November 1.  He was 98.  Baratta was a World War II Army veteran.

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