Highland Lakes, NJ: Christopher E. Hanke, 67 years old, passed away unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, November 15, 2022. Born to Louis F. and Myrtle Hanke of Montclair, NJ, he has been a resident of the Highland Lakes section of Vernon Twp., NJ since 1977.
Christopher was a culinary school graduate and worked as Head Chef and Manager of Trusthouse Forte in Secaucus, NJ. Christopher owned and operated his own carpentry business and also worked as a service technician for Starbucks out of East Hanover, NJ. He was the former President and member of the Garden State GTO Club, volunteer for the Vernon Historical Society and enjoyed drives in the 1969 Convertible GTO and cooking for family and friends.
Christopher was the beloved husband for 34 years of Lauren (Rood) Hanke of Highland Lakes, NJ. Dear brother of Jonathan Hanke and his wife, Merrill, of FL, and Edward Hanke and his wife, Linda, of PA, and Alissa, of a former marriage. Uncle of Lauren (Hanke) Verni and her husband, Christopher, of MA, and his great nephew, Carter. Christopher is predeceased by his nephew, Louis Hanke.
The family will receive their friends at Ferguson-Vernon Funeral Home, 241 Route 94 (1 Vanderhoof Court for GPS), Vernon, NJ on Sunday, November 20, 2022 from 12 to 4 PM. Cremation is private. Reception to follow Sunday, November 20, 2022 at the Highland Lakes Country Club from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.