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By David Wildstein, April 26 2020 1:40 pm

Eleanor Kavula, who served as the secretary in the office of the mayor of Bayonne from 1990 to 2007, died on April 22.  She was 89. Kavula was a longtime Democratic county committeewoman from Bayonne.

John Valentine, the acting Monmouth County sheriff from 1995 to 1996 and a career law enforcement officer, died on April 23 of COVID-19.  He was 86.  Valentine served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and was a Shrewsbury police officer before joining the Morris County Prosecutor’s office in 1965.  He later served as Monmouth County undersheriff.

Ralph Martin, a Superior Court Judge from 1973 to 1995, died on April 21.  He was 90.  Martin was a U.S. Army veteran and served as president of the Eastern Christian School Association Board of Education.

Louis Luibil, Jr., named by Gov. Thomas Kean as the first state Fire Marshal, died on April 7.  He was 89. A Korean War veteran, Luibil served as deputy chief of the Montclair Fire Department and as an aide to Essex County Freeholders Arthur Clay and Joseph Scarpelli.

Dave Miller, a former Wenonah councilman, died on April 24.  He was 89. A U.S. Army veteran, Miller spent ten years on the council.

Jeanie Blakeslee-Malpus, a former Bordentown municipal clerk, died on April 20.  She was 83.

Joyce Winston, a former editor at the Ladies Home Journal, died on April 12 of complications related to COVID-19.  She was 93.

Alice Morrison, the administrative Secretary to the presiding judge at the Newark Municipal Courts and Essex County Courts for 25 years, died on April 18.  She was 84.

Bruce Herrigel, a former Union Township (Hunterdon) municipal court judge, died on April 22.  He was 90.

Cristian Christiansen, a former Ramsey Board of Education member, died on April 2.  He was 87.  Christiansen served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Phyllis Diebold, who spent 2 years working for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, died on April 16 of complications from the coronavirus.

Robert Redford, a former Sayreville Planning Board member who served on the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Highway Safety under Gov. Brendan Byrne, died on April 25.  He was 94. A World War II veteran, Redford served as a captain of the East Brunswick First Aid Squad and president of the New Jersey First Aid Council.

Santo Barretta, a former Roseland Zoning Board member, died on April 16.  He was 93.

Paul DeMuro, a Montclair native who served as Director of Corrections Education, Commissioner of Children and Youth for the State of Pennsylvania, died on April 21.  He was 78.

Mary Alice Laird, the widow of former Berkeley Township Mayor Robert Laird, died on April 22.  She was 83.

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