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In Memoriam: Union Democratic leader; federal prosecutor; senator’s son

By David Wildstein, January 23 2020 10:39 am

Lucia Prisco, a longtime Democratic county committeewoman from Union Township’s 6th district, died on January 19 as a strong warrior in her fight against cancer.  She was 56.  Prisco spent nine years a traffic enforcement officer of the Union Township Police Department.   Before that, she was a co-owner of Prisco’s Meats and Deli.

Giacomo Gerald Rosati, a former federal prosecutor who served as a judge of the New Jersey Worker’s Compensation Court, died on January 18.  He was 91.  Rosati served as an assistant U.S. Attorney and assistant Mercer County prosecutor before beginning a 19-year stint as the Hamilton Township municipal prosecutor.  He served on the bench from 1991 to 1994.

Mildred Zuckerman Cohen, a former mayor of Holmdel, died on January 19.  She was 94.

Joseph Torre, a former four-term councilman in Oakland, ha died.  He was 85. Torre served as a councilman from 1989 to 2000.

Charles Schilling, who served as Livingston Fire Chief for 36 years, died on January 21.  He was 98.

David Young IV, a stockbroker who served in the U.S. Army special forces, died on January 20.  He was 76.  His late father, David Young III, represented Morris County in the New Jersey State Senate from 1947 to 1954.

Frank Thatcher, a former solicitor for municipal boards in Voorhees, Gloucester Township and Washington Township, died on January 14.  He was 88.

James Kovacs, who spent more than 20 years as the Freehold Borough municipal engineer, died on January 18.  He was 82.

Herbert Massa, a former Howell Township assistant superintendent of schools, died on January 20.  He was 69.  Massa also served as business administrator for Hightstown, Helmetta and Lakewood.

James Gramigna, a former commissioner of the Hamilton Township Fire Department, died on January 19.  He was 59.  Gramigna was a carpenter for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local 254, and formerly worked for the Trenton Times.

Tim Jacobsen, a former chairman of the Cumberland County Solid Waste Advisory Council, died on January 17.  He was 69.

Sophie Kochanski, a longtime member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Polish American Democratic Club, died on January 19.  She was 93.  He late husband, Edward Kochanski, served as a Cliffside Park councilman.

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