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By David Wildstein, May 30 2020 3:54 pm

Roy Etsch, a former mayor of Monroe, died on May 28.  He was 91.  Etsch, who began his political career in the 1950s as president of the Middlesex County Young Democrats, won a seat on the township committee in 1961, and was elected Monroe Democratic Municipal Chairman in 1962 when he ousted 12-term incumbent Edward Szczepanik, the incumbent mayor.  Etsch replaced Szczepanik as mayor in 1965.  He made a bid for the Democratic nomination for State Assembly in 1967, but dropped when Middlesex Democratic powerhouse David Wilentz backed another candidate.  He later served as president of the Middlesex County Board of Agriculture.

Barbara Carmody, a New Jerseyan who worked on Dan Seals’ campaign to unseat GOP Rep. Mark Kirk in Illinois in 2006, died on March 30 after a 30-month battle with pancreatic cancer.  She was 66.

Ronald Kubiak, a former Camden assistant city attorney, died on May 17.  He was 78.

Jane Snyder, a former president of the South Brunswick Democratic Club, died on May 22.  She was 92.  Snyder served on the South Brunswick Charter Study Commission that proposed a council-manager form of government, and worked on Rush Holt’s first campaign for Congress in 1998.

Cathy Hawley, a former Montclair Building Department official and longtime community leader, died on May 25.  She was 75.

Audrey Kerrigan, who served as a legal secretary to one of New Jersey’s first Administrative Law judges in the 1970s, died on May 26.  She was 86.

Richard Piscal, the brother of former Superior Court Judge Francis Piscal, died on May 23.  He was 84.  Piscal was a U.S. Army veteran who served as a military police commander at Checkpoint Charlie guarding the Berlin Wall, and was a retired public school teacher and administrator.

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