Barbara Ackerman, who essentially ran the Senate Democratic staff when J. Edward Crabiel (D-Milltown) was the minority leader In the early 1970s, died on March 28. She was 88. Ackerman worked for the Crabiel when he became New Jersey Secretary of State under Gov. Brendan Byrne and later at the Department of Transportation. She led the congressional campaign of former First Lady Helen Meyner in Mercer County in 1974.
Peggy Walker-Shorte, an Asbury Park native who became executive assistant to U.S. Senator Richard Lugar in the 1970s, died on March 19 after a seven-year battle with cancer. She was 77.
Jack Salmon, a former Chatham Borough councilman and zoning board chairman, died on February 21. He was 90. A World War II veteran, Salmon served as an attorney for the New Jersey Election Law Revision Commission and spent 20 years as the counsel to the Morris County Planning Board.
Mack Cauthen, who served as an Englewood city councilman from 1986 to 1995, died on March 23, 2023. He was 69.
Louie Deeck, Jr., who served as a councilman in Woodbury, died on March 24. He was 70.
Myrna Sparks, a former member of the Woodstown-Pilesgrove Board of Education, died on March 21. She was 92.
Luis Miguel Perez, a former school board member in Glassboro, died on March 23. He was 83.
Wayne Barkoff, a former Somerdale Planning Board member and a volunteer firefighter for nearly years, died on Mach 30 after battling cancer for two decades. He was 66.
Louisa Mazetis, a Mullica Republican Club member, died on March 17. She was 87. Her father, Henry Butterhof, served as an Atlantic County freeholder from 1947 until his death in 1960.