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In Memoriam

By David Wildstein, July 27 2019 2:54 pm

Regina Purcell, a former Democratic State Committeewoman from Hunterdon County, died on July 24.  She was 65.  Purcell also served on the Hunterdon County Board of Elections.

Mina Latham, the former director of the New Jersey Department of Labor’s Employers Council from 1995 to 2006, died on July 25.  She was 84.

John Bodnar, a former Clark Councilman, died on July 24.  He was 87.  A U.S. Navy veteran who served on a minesweeper during the Suez Crisis, Bodnar was elected to the council in 1970, upsetting Republican incumbent Edward Getchis by 365 votes.  His son later served on the Clark Township Council.

Steven Magelnicki, a longtime volunteer for the Hudson County Democratic Organization and the Bayonne Democratic Party, died on July 21. He was 74.

Walter Figel, the longtime Assistant Recreation Commissioner for Middlesex Borough, died on July 26.  He was 86.

Betty Wulster, who was active in Republican politics, has passed away.  She was a member of the Cheesquake Village Republican Club and the Middlesex County Republican Women’s Club.

Gene Morgan, a former North Brunswick Republican Municipal Chairman, died on April 29.  He was 84.

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