WAYNE, NJ - Three individuals connected to the Wayne Public Schools who had recently passed away were given a dedication at the most recent Board of Education (BOE) meeting. The three were: long-time first-grade teacher at John F. Kennedy Elementary School, Sharon Bellusci; Henry Aulenbach, son of Anthony Wayne Middle school Principal, Dave Aulenbach; and Dr. David Rasa, who served as School Physician for Wayne Township Public Schools.

Just as the meeting began, BOE President Michael Bubba said: “We’re going to rise in a moment for the flag salute and the moment of silence, but tonight, we would like to dedicate this moment of silence to three members of the Wayne Township Public Schools community who recently passed away.”

Bubba read: “Sharon Bellusci started as a first grade teacher at John F. Kennedy elementary school in 1992 and continued to serve her students and the community well for twenty-seven years. She will be remembered as a kind, thoughtful and compassionate teacher and friend who was forever focused on her students,” read Bubba from a prepared statement. “Her sweet demeanor and kind nature will be sorely missed by all of her colleagues, students and parents at John F, Kennedy elementary school and the many generations of first-grade students who passed through her classroom.”

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“Mr. Dave Aulenbach who serves as principal of Anthony Wayne Middle School lost his youngest son, Henry two weeks ago after a valiant fight against cancer. Although Henry was not a student in the Wayne Township public schools, he became a central figure in the community due to the community’s support for the Aulenbach family and how his family lovingly chronicled his struggles on social media. Henry became a heroic figure in this, and many other communities and his courage will always be an inspiration.”

“Dr. David Rasa served as the school physician for the Wayne Township public schools for many years. Dr. Rasa was certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and was a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians and the American Medical Association. St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital Foundation honored him in 2008 as the distinguished physician of the year. In addition to other causes and charitable organizations, including St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation, the Wayne Police Department and Breast Cancer Walk.”

Bubba finished with: “So please keep all of their families in your hearts tonight.” The BOE, the school administration and all in attendance rose in silent solemnity at the memory of these three individuals.