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Reporter who served as congressman’s press secretary dies

By David Wildstein, January 06 2019 9:43 am

A memorial service will be held on January 24 for Paul Tuerff, a former Herald News reporter who served as press secretary to Rep. Gordon Canfield (R-Paterson) from 1959 to 1961.  Tuerff passed away on October 23 at age 84.

After Canfield retired from Congress in 1960, Tuerff returned to New Jersey and worked for the New Jersey Office of Economic Opportunity.  He later ran an anti-poverty program in Atlantic City and worked as a grant writer for Synectics, a Trenton consulting firm.

Carolyn Hensel, who served as a Republican County Committeewoman in Summit for decades, died on December 14.

Nicki Kessler, a former member of the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education, passed away on December 22.  She was 88. Kessler served as president of the South Orange League of Women Voters and was a founding member of the Fair Housing Council.

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