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Kristen Bunel

Kristen Kathleen Bunel

Tuesday, May 19th, 1970 - Wednesday, February 24th, 2021
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Vernon Twp., NJ: Kristen Kathleen Bunel, 50 years old, passed away Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at Newton Medical Center, Newton, NJ after a short illness. Born in Brunswick, ME, she had lived in Dumont, NJ and Port Orange, FL before moving to Vernon Twp., NJ 13 years ago.

Kristen had worked as an office manager for Frank Colasurdo Architects in Budd Lake, NJ. She enjoyed Rock concerts, New York Giants football and most of all doting on her son, Brandon.

Kristen is predeceased by her grandparents, Donald and Adair Drexler and an uncle, Archie Drexler and is the beloved mother of Brandon Lockhart and his girlfriend, Nicole Szeredy of Vernon Twp., NJ. Loving daughter of Robyn Adair of Port Orange, FL. Cherished niece of Donair Karkkainen and her husband, Seppo of Bergenfield, NJ and Beverly Drexler of Port Orange, FL. Dear cousin of Keith Drexler of Tampa, FL, Todd Drexler of San Antonio, TX, Brent Drexler of Port Orange, FL and Amy Karkkainen of Edgewater, NJ. Also survived by many close friends.

Private cremation services under the direction of Ferguson-Vernon Funeral Home, 241 Route 94, Vernon, NJ. A Celebration of Kristen’s Life will be scheduled for a later date.
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Pamela A. Lakefield

Posted at 02:29pm
It's been nearly two weeks since Kristen got her angel wings, and I still don't know what to write. This seems surreal! It was my pleasure and privilege to be Kristen's teacher of English. She was a bright student who "got" whatever we were discussing in class. Her contributions were always meaningful, creative, and showing critical thinking. Kristen was a "go-getter" who I knew would be successful in her every undertaking. Too, it was such fun to see her interact with her "bestie," Diane. The two were virtually inseparable. They were blessed with a nearly life-long friendship which is so rare today. Later on--long after graduation from DHS--it was my pleasure and privilege to call Kristen "friend." I loved her Facebook posts, whether they were of her trip to work in the morning, or of a concert she'd seen. Occasionally we'd "talk," and even though it wasn't in person, it seemed as if it were because Kristen's personality always came through. Her smile and her sunny disposition were among her gifts to the world. I know that Kristen is out of her pain and in a far better place now, but selfishly I miss her and wish she were still here. Still, it's comforting to know that she's watching over all of us and gently guiding us with her wisdom and her joyful ways. (signed) Pamela A. Lakefield

Margie Joyce

Posted at 03:04pm
Since moving west I don't get to see my dearest friends daily but I feel like I am losing such a positive daily influence in my life. Coming along on your ride to work through your pictures and watching you live your life to the fullest always. So blessed are we the class of 1988 DHS to have had such an amazing advocate for our gang. I live vicariously through you all and will miss my lifelong friend Kristen everyday. I love you and will miss you always, Margie
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Carlene

Posted at 01:30pm
Kristen, you made a difference in the lives of so many people and you will be dearly missed by all of us. We love you forever! -carlene

Robert Koehneke

Posted at 10:07am
Condolences to Robyn, Brandon and all the family.
Kristen, I will forever miss our conversations and texts and your beautiful smile. You have made a lot of people smile and have enriched so many lives. Rest in peace and comfort my beautiful daughter. 143 Dad
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Pete Koehneke

Posted at 11:06am
So sad to hear of Kristen’s passing. Her cards and electronic posts always gave us joy. Our condolences to all of the family.
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