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By David Wildstein, April 18 2020 5:44 pm

Richard Holden, a former Wall Street Journal reporter and the husband of New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Commissioner Mary Anna Holden, died on April 15.  He was 70.  Holden spent 31 years with the Dow Jones & Company, serving as an editor, and later has executive director of the non-profit Dow Jones News Fund.  He was a Republican county committeeman in Madison.

Robert McCluskie, a former Roselle councilman, died on April 15.  He was 91.  He served as a councilman in the early 1960s and was the Union County coordinator of Nelson Rockefeller’s campaign for the 1964 Republican presidential nomination.

Joseph Rotolo, a former Palisades Park School board member, died on April 14 from complications of COVID-19.  He was 89.  Rotolo served I the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Eugene Crance, a former mayor of Mt. Arlington, died on April 16.  He was 84. Crance served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and spent 45 years as a volunteer firefighter.

Betty VanEeuwen, the first woman to serve on the Prospect Park Borough Council, died on April 15.  She was 91.

Mari Bonini, a former Plainfield school board member, died on April 14.  She was 89.  Bonini served on the Plainfield Board of Education for fourteen years until her retirement in 1991.

Ray Tolentino, who spent more than 20 years as a member of the Dumont Board of Education, died on April 10.  He was 76.  Born in the Dominican Republic, Tolentino served in the U.S. Marine Corps and later became a vice president of Turner Construction.

Carol Mitchell, a former New Jersey State Senate district office representative, died on April 14.  She was 81. Mitchell was also a member of the Nanticoke Lenni Lenape Indian Tribe of Bridgeton.

William Boileau, a former Atlantic County Treasurer, died on April 12.  He was 72.  Boileau was a U.S. Army veteran and also held positions at the Atlantic County Utility Authority.

Clarence Brunner, the North Plainfield chief financial officer from 1987 to 1995, died on April 13.  He was 91.  Brunner was a U.S. Army veteran and commanded a field artillery unit during the Korean War before joining Ernst & Young as a certified public accountant.

Synnove Wekilsky, the wife of former Boonton Mayor Cy Wekilsky, died on April 16.  She was 81.

Marilyn Karlstein, a paralegal in the law office of former New Jersey Senate President John Lynch, died on March 18.  She was 81.

Lorraine Bender, an environmental activist who stopped the construction of a plastics plant next to Lenape Valley High School in 1976, died on February 5.  She was 90.  She served on the Stanhope Environmental Commission, the Stanhope Zoning Board, and the Lake Musconetcong Regional Planning Board.

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