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By David Wildstein, January 17 2021 8:56 pm

Marilyn Ayscue, the grandmother of prominent New Jersey Demcoratic strategist Steve Ayscue, died on January 12.  She was 96.

H. Frank Carpentier, who served as an aide to U.S. Senator Robert Hendrickson of New Jersey from 1953 to 1954, died on January 4.  He was 88. Carpentier worked for the U.S. Senate while attesting the University of Maryland. He was a former municipal prosecutor in Ocean, Neptune Borough and Brielle. Carpentier served in the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1956 and worked his way through Seton Hall Law School while working full time in the Prudential claims department.

Al Smith, a former Highland Park councilman and school board member, died on January 10. In 1993, Smith was the Republican candidate for State Assembly in the 17th legislative district, losing to Democrats Bob Smith (D-Piscataway) and Jerry Green (D-Plainfield).  He later served as president of the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional Board of Education.

Malcolm Burd, who served as mayor of Tuckerton in 1974, died of complications related to COVID-19 on December 28.  He was 90.  Burd was the retired superintendent of the Ocean County Department of Weights and Measures.

Thomas Trier, a former mayor of Saddle Brook, died on January 12.  He was 81. Trier as a U.S. Army Reserves Veteran and served several terms as a councilman.

Thea Unhoch, who served as mayor of Newton, died on January 12.  She served in the town council from 1998 to 2010.  Unhoch was a Newton’s land use and zoning officer from 1982 to 1998 and a Republican county committeewoman.,

John Patrick Edward, Jr., a former mayor of Berkeley Heights, died on January 1.  He was 85.

Elaine Burgio Denman, a former North Caldwell Republican County Committeewoman, died on January 5.  She was 95.  She was the sister-in-law of Jane Burgio, a former four-term assemblywoman who spent eight years as New Jersey Secretary of State under Gov. Tom Kean.

Janice Peyton, who worked as a secretary in the office of the New Jersey Commissioner of Education for 35 years, died on January 5.  She was 82.

James R. Brown, Jr., a former mayor of Mullica, died on January 9.  He was 89.  Brown had served as president of the Atlantic County League of Municipalities.

Stephen Roseman, who spent 45 years as the Hampton township attorney, died on January 11.  He was 87. A U.S. Army veteran, Roseman also served as municipal attorney for Andover Township and Andover Borough.

Ellen Flach, a former Wyckoff Democratic Municipal Chair, died on January 13.  She was 92.

Ralph Dougan, a former Caldwell councilman, died on January 9.  He was 87. A retired teacher, Dougan was named by Gov. Tom Kean to serve as executive director of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports in 1986.

Larry Rosoff, a former Camden Municipal Court Judge, and prosecutor, died on January 12.  He was 71.

Patricia Leslie, the first black employee of New Jersey Bell Telephone, died on January 10.  She was 71.  She later spent 30 years working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Ruthe Luna, a former Bergen County Democratic Committeewoman and the wife of former Lodi Mayor Tony Luna, died on January 16.  She was 71.

Elisa Jambor, a former secretary to the Moonachie municipal court judge, died on December 20.  She was 97.

Robert Nora, a former North Brunswick fire inspector and First Assistant Fire Chief, died on January 6.  He was 85.  Nora was a U.S. Naval Reserves veteran and a member of Carpenters Local 1006 for 60 years.

Michael Stewart, Sr., a retired Atlantic City police detective who served on Mayor James Usry’s personal security detail, died on January 8.  He was 62.

Carmela Williams, a former Democratic county committeewoman in Cranford, died on January 8.  She was 86.  Williams had been a clerk for the Union County Engineering Department.

Mary Lamy, a former Republican county committeewoman in Northfield, died on January 11.  She was 85.  Lamy spent 24 years as an administrative secretary for the City of Brigantine.

William Vietheer, who spent 20 years on the Westwood Zoning Board, died on January 13.  He was 84.

Dick Bidlack, who served on the zoning and planning boards in Boonton, died on January 14.  He was 95. He was a U.S. Air Army Corps veteran.

Elaine Card, a retired Wantage municipal employee, died on January 8.  She was 77.

Phillipine Bradbury, who served as secretary of the Alloway Township Planning Board for 17 years, died on December 29.  She was 97.

Donald McDonald, a former Woodbridge Board of Education member, died on January 12.  He was 96. He was a World War II veteran and won four Bronze Stars for his service in the U.S. Marine Corps. McDonald also served on the Planning Board.

Eugene Murphy, who served on the Pequannock Planning Board and once ran for council, died on January 6.  He was 85.

Joseph Baptista, a former Willingboro Board of Education president, died on January 13.  He was 92.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

James “Lukey” LaPorte, who served three terms on the Elmwood Park Board of Education, died on January 8.  He was 89.

Paul Yerk, who spent 20 years on the Lower Township school board, died on January 10.  He was 77.

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