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By David Wildstein, September 27 2021 12:01 am

Joan Slomka, the mother-in-law of former New Jersey Commissioner of Transportation Roger Bodman, died on September 18.  She was 90.  A retired nurse, Slomka was a frequent presence on the New Jersey political scene when her daughter, Laura, was a top political consultant.

William Olden Wright, a former Plainsboro Zoning Board chairman, died on September 18.  He was 91.    His wife, Barbara, served in the New Jersey State Assembly from 1992 to 2000.

John Tesauro
, who served as Trenton school board president in the late 1960s, died on September 23.  He was 91.  A U.S. Navy veteran who served in Korea, Tesauro was a childhood friend of Carmen Armenti and became the city’s personnel director when Armenti was elected mayor in 1966.  He was school board president when the city named their first Black superintendent of schools, Dr. Ercell Watson.  Gov. William Cahill named him to the State Board of Mediation in the 1970s.

Delbert Davis, a former mayor of Fieldsboro, died on September 20.  He was 89.  His wife of 69 years, Joyce, died on the same day.

John Neumann, who spent 12 years as a Merchantville councilman, died on September 20. He was 60.  Neumann was a mortician and spent 30 years as a medical examiner for the Camden County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Merion Perfect, a former Pleasantville school board member, died on September 23. She was 94.

Raymond Brown
, who spent 40 years as a Lower Township fire commissioner, died on September 18.  He was 80.  Brown was a U.S. Army veteran and former fire chief.

William Schaefer, who served as postmaster in Cranford, Westfield and Avenel, died on September 16.  He was 84.  In retirement, Schaefer served on the Egg Harbor City Zoning Board.  He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Ralph Schwartz, a former member of the Plainfield Rent Control Board, died on September 22.  He was 103.  Schwartz served in the U.S. Army during World War II and later worked as a realtor in Union County.

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