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By David Wildstein, August 27 2020 11:00 pm

Valerie Collins Fletcher, who worked on Tom Kean’s campaign for governor in 1981 and later served on the staffs of State Sen. Donald DiFrancesco (R-Scotch Plains), Rep. Dean Gallo (R-Parsippany) and Secretary of State Jane Burgio, died on August 22 after a battle with cancer.  She was 64.  A former teacher, Fletcher was the daughter of former Livingston Mayor John P. Collins.

John Koerwere, who worked in the Governor’s Office as the deputy director of the Office of Employee Relations, died on August 22.  He was 91.  A U.S. Navy Korean War veteran, he worked at Johnson & Johnson before joining the Office of the Governor in 1976 and served under Brendan Byrne, Tom Kean and Jim Florio before retiring in 1993.

Rudolph Danna, Jr., a Deerfield township committeeman since 2014 and the mayor in 2016 and 2019, died on August 21.  He was 70.

John McLaughlin, a former Marlboro council president, died on August 14.  He as 85. McLaughlin served in the New Jersey National Guard and was a member of the Monmouth County Affiliated Republican Club.

John Mandeville, who spent 28 years as an investigator for the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s office, died on August 16.  He was 88. Mandeville served in the U.S Air Force and was a member of the National Association of Black Law Enforcement.

Veronica Preola, the mother-in-law of the late New Jersey Superior Court Judge Hector DeSoto, died on August 22.  She was 84.

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