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Norman Baron

Norman Baron

Norman Stuart Baron, 75, of Hackettstown died March 31, 2020. He was born in the Bronx to William and Shirley Auerhahn; his mother later remarried Benedict Baron, who adopted him, and he grew up in Huntington Station, N.Y. He later lived in New York City before moving to Hackettstown after his marriage in 1972.

Mr. Baron purchased the Fifth Avenue Card Shop in the Hackettstown Mall, which was later renamed Baron’s Hallmark. Over the course of his over-40-year career, he owned four Hallmark stores in Hackettstown, Mansfield, Stroudsburg, and Mt. Pocono, Pa.

He also served on the Warren County Economic Development Commission and as president of the Hackettstown Area Chamber of Commerce. He served as an incorporator and director of Skylands Community Bank, recently bought by Fulton Bank.

He received his undergraduate degree from Northeastern University in 1967 and his M.A. from Boston University in 1970.

In his retirement, he was an avid theatergoer.

Predeceased by his first wife, P. Christine Smalec, in 2005, he is survived by his wife, Laura Zagoren Master Baron, whom he married in 2007; his daughter, Jessica Baron (Chad Afanador) of Lafayette, Colo.; two stepsons, Jeremy Master of Montrose, Colo., and Ben Master of Penacook, N.H.; a sister, Ellen Rathbun of Pierce, Colo.; and two grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gift of Life Family House, 401 Callowhill St., Philadelphia, PA 19123 (

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