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By David Wildstein, April 12 2020 4:21 pm

Henry Hagen, a former High Bridge councilman, died on April 8 of complications from coronavirus.  He was 93. Hagen was a World War II Navy veteran and spent 33 years as a volunteer firefighter.

Estelle Kestenbaum, who spent decades as secretary to New Jersey Appellate Court Judge Edwin Stern before retiring at age 80, died on April 9 of an illness related to COVID-19.  She was 91.

Jerry Rotunda, the husband of former Fairfield Mayor Anna Marie Rotonda, died of complications of coronavirus on April 5.  He was 84.  Rotonda was a U.S. Army veteran and served as a Newark firefighter for 30 years.

John Howard, who became active in New Jersey’s pro-life movement in 1973 and served many years as a New Jersey Right to Life board member, has died.  He was 92.

Rudolf Szerkal, a former Ridgefield school board member, died of coronavirus on April 11. He was 86.  Szerkal served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a member of the Ridgefield Planning Board.

Shirley Nardiello, a former clerk of the Old Bridge Utilities Authority, died on April 6.  She was 84.

Olga Reiher, the widow of longtime West Caldwell Mayor Robert Reiher, died on April 7.  She was 86.

Leona Brochin, a philanthropist and wife of former New Jersey Superior Court Judge Murry Brochin, died on April 4.  She was 87.

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