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By David Wildstein, April 24 2020 10:05 am

James Garth, Sr., the chairman of the Egg Harbor Township Planning Board, died on April 21.  He was 75.  Garth was a U.S. Navy veteran who spent 50 years as a volunteer firefighter, 20 of them as chief.  

Hester Cobb, who spent many years as the dessert chef at the New Jersey Statehouse preparing desserts for the New Jersey State Senate and General Assembly before retiring in 1975, died on April 22.  She was 97. Cobb worked in the food services division at Fort Dix and later as a maid at the Stacy Trenton Hotel and for the Roebling hotel and restaurant.

Venia Procacci, the grandmother of former Burlington County Freeholder Director Kate Gibbs,died on April 22.  She was would have celebrated her 100th birthday on October 13.

Mary Shusted, the wife of former Assemblyman Thomas J. Shusted (R-Haddonfield), died on April 18.  She was 89.  She was actively involved in the political campaigns of her husband, who also served as the Camden County Freeholder Director and the Camden County Prosecutor.   Her son, Thomas Shusted, Jr., is a Superior Court Judge.

Richard Michielli, Sr., a former Magnolia councilman, died on April 21.  He was 89.  Michielli served on the Magnolia Borough Council from 1976 to 2015, including 20 years as the council president.  He represented Magnolia on the Camden County Municipal Joint Insurance Fund and served on the Camden County Open Space Preservation Trust Fund Advisory Committee.

William Terrell, the former mayor of Woodlynne, died on April 19.  He was 69,

George Hoffman, who served as a Long Branch councilman from 1970 to 1974, died on April 20. He was 88.  Hoffman was a U.S. Navy veteran.

Anne Taylor
, the mother-in-law of Bogota Mayor Christopher Keleman, die don April 21.  She was 92.

Dorothea Webster, the mother of D. Anne Wolf, the 2004 Democratic candidate for Congress in New Jersey’s 5th district, died on April 22.  She was 96.

Joyce Maynard, a former legal secretary to Plainfield Mayor Frank Blatz, died on March 28.  She was 91.  Blatz passed away in February.

Anne Brocaglia, who worked as a legal secretary to judges at the Passaic County courthouse for many years, died on April 17.  She was 94.

Msgr. Charles Cassidy, the former chaplain of the Sparta Fire Department, died on April 21.  He was 96.  Msgr. Cassidy was a U.S. Army medic in World War II.

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