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Luisa Olavarria Pleger

Luisa Olavarria Pleger, 47, a member of the Rutgers University–Newark Office of Information Technology (OIT) staff, was found dead in her North Arlington home on January 29, 2016, according to news reports. Her death was ruled a homicide.

A Mass was celebrated on February 4 at Saint Columba Church, 25 Thomas St., Newark.

Pleger, born in Hartford, Conn., was the information technology department administrator at Rutgers–Newark, which she joined in 2009. She was a dedicated employee and respected by the directors of computing services as a steadfast and knowledgeable assistant. She was likewise cherished as a sunny and caring presence by those with whom she worked, from OIT colleagues to faculty, staff, and students seeking direction in technology problem-solving, to student workers at the help desk.

She is survived by her parents, Georgina and Nelson Hernandez; a brother, Nelson Hernandez, and his wife, Brenda; and a sister, Raquel Longaray, and her husband, Jason.

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