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Plan Memorial For Diane Archie

Diane Archie, 72, of Livingston, died on April 14. A memorial celebration will be held at a later date for family and friends. Arrangements are in the care of the Nesbitt Funeral Home in Elizabeth.

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Debbie Kean Dies at Home

Former New Jersey First Lady Deborah Bye Kean, died on April 23 at her home at the age of 76. She was the wife of Tom Kean, who served as governor from 1982 to 1990. The family formerly resided in Livingston.

Mrs. Kean was born in Wilmington, Delaware to the late Elizabeth Griffenberg Bye and Robert Bye. She graduated from Tower Hill School in Wilmington and Bennett College in Millbrook, New York. As First Lady of New Jersey, she was instrumental in renovating the governor’s mansion and lobbied to provide funds for day care centers.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Thomas Kean; her sons, state Senator Thomas H. Kean, Jr. of Westfield and Reed Kean of Chatham; her daughter, Alexandra Kean Strong of Duxbury, Massachusetts; and seven grandchildren.

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Frederick Meisenzahl

Frederick E. Meisenzahl, 99, of Livingston, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 17, 2020 at home, surrounded by his family.

Frederick was born on October 5, 1920 in Newark, New Jersey, to the late Frederick and Emma Meisenzahl. He grew up in Irvington, New Jersey, and moved to Livingston, New Jersey, and lived there for 70 years.

Fred worked for Western Electric for 39 years before retiring in 1978. During that time, he was drafted into the Army and served his country during World War II in Japan.

Once he retired, he fulfilled a dream and traveled the world with the love of his life, Sophie, until her health deteriorated and they were no longer able to.

He was an avid gardener as well as a honey bee keeper/honey maker extraodinaire. His passion for gardening was passed on to his children, grandchildren, and greatgrandchildren. Fred also loved animals, namely cats, especially his beloved Suzie Q.

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Janet M. Farris

Janet M. Farris passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 25, 2020 in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, at the age of 87.

She was born in Durant, Oklahoma to parents Philip Short and Wilna Holland.

She was predeceased by her parents; a dear aunt, Mildred Holland; and her loving husband, John Farris.

Surviving are her cherished children, Diane Farris, John Farris, Jr. (Maria), Amy Farris (Daniel Bruk), and six nieces and nephews. A great joy in Janet’s life were her endeared grandchildren, Charlotte, Carla, Sara and Peter.

Jan was a 1954 graduate of the University of Oklahoma and moved to New York City shortly after graduation. She married John in 1955, and they made their home in New Jersey, followed by several years in London. They raised their children in Livingston.

Jan loved reading; travel; Long Beach Island; her dogs and cat, and she was an avid sports fan, especially of tennis and college football.

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Barry Lauton Dies at 88

Dr. Barry Lauton of Livingston died on April 22 at St. Barnabas Medical Center at 88 years of age. Born in Bayonne, Dr. Lauton is survived by his wife, Catalina Fiszer Lauton; his children, Julie Lauton and Lisa Lauton; his step-children, George and Lainie Fiszer; Karen Fiszer-Stern and Jeff Stern; four step-grandchildren; and his sister, Joyce Lauton Nestle. He was predeceased by his first wife, Thea Odem Lauton and his daughter, Amy Lauton.

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania and NYU Medical School, Dr. Lauton served as a US Army Captain in Korea. He practiced pediatric medicine in Springfield, and was an attending physician at Saint Barnabas Medical Center and Overlook Hospital. He was a congregant of Temple Beth Ahm in Springfield and Temple Beth Shalom in Livingston. Arrangements are by the Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel.

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Thelma Reimer

Thelma Eriksen Reimer, 100, died April 27 of COVID-19.

She was a long-time resident of Livingston and Manasquan, New Jersey.

She was born January 22, 1920 in Jersey City, New Jersey, to the late Christian and Cecelia Eriksen.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William J. Reimer.

Survivors include her sons, David W. Reimer of Indian Land, South Carolina; Alan L. Reimer and his wife, Kathy D. Reimer, of Denver , North Carolina; and two grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren.

Arrangements are under the direction of Codey Jones Funeral Home in Caldwell.

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Diane Auerbach

Diane Leslie Auerbach, 70, long-time resident of Livingston, died on April 27, 2020 at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York after a struggle with a bone marrow transplant followed by graft vs. host disease. She is survived by her husband, Andrew, and her children, Meredith and Lee, and grandchild, Piper.

Diane was born to Sam Shapass and Ruth Lochansky in 1949 in Brooklyn, New York. Phillip Shapass was her elder brother, now deceased. She was married to Andrew Auerbach in 1972. They have been Livingston residents since 1977.

She went to Brooklyn College for bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education, and received a certificate in guidance from Kean University in New Jersey.

Her children were her life’s work, and they returned her love many times over. Her example guided them in their own lives. She remained their mentor and friend until the end.

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Private Burial Held For Gene Fitzpatrick

Eugene (Gene) Francis Fitzpatrick, 71, died on Friday, April 10, at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Born in Newark, he was a longtime Livingston resident who moved to East Hanover nine years ago.

Mr. Fitzpatrick was a graduate of the Chubb Institute. He worked for Foster Wheeler and Novartis Pharmaceuticals as a database administrator, and retired in 2009.

Predeceased by his son, Michael, who died in 2017, Mr. Fitzpatrick is survived by his wife, Cindylu (Pierce) Fitzpatrick; Michael’s mother, Catherine; and his daughterin-law, Heather (Longden) Fitzpatrick.

Burial was private at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover. A memorial mass and celebration of life will be held at a future date. Messages of condolence may be made at oboylefuneralhome.com.

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Memorial Mass Planned For Alfred J. Stanaway

Alfred J. Stanaway, 77, of Livingston died on April 9. Born in Jersey City to Alfred Stanaway, Sr. and Mary (Carugan) Salmini, he lived in Bayonne before moving to Livingston in 1972.

Mr. Stanaway was a veteran of the U.S. National Guard. He started his professional career in 1961, setting up Ford Motor Company’s first leasing program and then worked for 3M Microfilm. He co-created M.I.S. (Microfilm Identification System); ran Honey Bee, a health food store in Millburn; and owned various car wash businesses. He raised money for pediatric cancer through Hugs for Brady, and was a Man of the Year for the Rainbow Foundation of New Monmouth.

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Interment is Private For John Jacobsen

John Jacobsen, 77, died on April 12. He was born in Orange to Ingvald and Solveig Jacobsen and was raised in West Orange. He settled in Livingston in 1961 and recently moved to West Caldwell. Prior to his retirement, he worked in the warehouse at Fabulous Wall Coverings in West Orange. He was a longtime attendee of Bethany Evangelical Free Church in West Orange.

Mr. Jacobsen was predeceased by his brother, Stanley Jacobsen, and is survived by his friends, Anton and Kay Thomasen.

Interment will be held privately at Pleasantdale Cemetery in West Orange, with arrangements by Shook-Farmer Funeral Home, Roseland. A Memorial Service will be offered at a later date.

In lieu of flowers a donation in Mr. Jacobsen’s memory may be made to Bethany Evangelical Free Church, 30 Ashwood Terrace, West Orange, NJ 07052.

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