Former Kearny Councilwoman Barbara Cifelli-Sherry has died

Barbara Cifelli-Sherry, who for decades served the public in many capacities, including as an elected official — as a Second Ward councilwoman, a trustee on the Board of Education and as a deputy mayor, all in Kearny — died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2023.

The brother of Hudson County Commissioner Albert Cifelli, she was 80.

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