OBITUARY

Olivia Ann Kunik

September 10, 1999January 8, 2019

Olivia Ann Kunik, 19, made her final curtain call on Tuesday January 8th, 2019. She leaves behind her heart broken parents, Honey Beuf, Chuck Barnett, Maitland Kunik, and Joanne Kunik, her devoted sister Tess Kunik, her brave brothers Max Kunik and Anthony Martinez-Briggs, and the love of her life, Axel the pug.

She graduated from Niwot High School and was studying early childhood education at the University of Northern Colorado. She loved children as she was a self-described, “Giant Toddler,” and was committed to enriching the lives of young people. Liv was a passionate friend, an animal lover, a brilliant musician, and a yet-to-be-discovered comedienne. She graced, wait….commanded, the halls of The Neighborhood Learning Center, Niwot Elementary, Sunset Middle School and Niwot High School. She sang in choir and performed in the school musicals where her voice was heard distinctly and her facial expressions captured audiences and consistently left them breathless. She was beautiful, spirited, loud, stubborn, uproarious, funny, dramatic, and bursting at the seams with love.

While she struggled with her own deeply profound emotions, she put the health and well-being of anyone in need ahead of her own. She was an advocate for mental health and loved her LGBTQ community. She was sweeter than candy but did not stand for bigotry or hate and wasn’t afraid to say it.

Please join us for a celebration of her life at 2:00 pm, Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Unity of Boulder Church, 2855 Folsom st., Boulder, Colorado.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in Liv’s memory to The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado, P.O. Box 17614, Boulder, CO 80308 www.suicidepreventioncolorado.org.

If you cannot make the celebration, here are some recommendations directly from Liv: “Perform a random act of kindness, share your favorite meme, make a prank phone call, sing your favorite song, spin until you are dizzy, make music with pots and pans, stomp on grapes in the bathtub, give names to your body parts (Liv’s pinky toe was Lois), cut your hair and regret it later, see how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie pop, get a pet rock, decorate it, name it Glenn, and take it for a walk.”

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.cristmortuary.com for the family.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, January 19, 2019
  • Reception Saturday, January 19, 2019
REMEMBERING

Olivia Ann Kunik

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Laurie Stadtherr

April 12, 2019

I remember when Olivia used to be my neighbor. My sister and I would walk five seconds to her house, just two doors down, and we would play games, make believe with her halloween skeleton. Olivia knew me probably under the age of ten. I have so many fond memories with her.

Devon Fulford

January 24, 2019

I just today learned of Liv's passing. I was her composition instructor at the University of Northern Colorado, and am incredibly devastated to hear about this. Liv was a beautiful, outgoing, curious student who helped make our 8:00 a.m. class a lot more fun! I hope everyone who knew and loved this sweet young lady is leaning on each other in this time of grief. I am sending much love to all of you.

Dave Roberts

January 24, 2019

I'm devastated to hear about Olivia's passing. I only met her a few times at the Neighborhood Learning Center where my daughter Ava was going to school but she was someone that always stood out to me. She had a classic beauty and vibrancy that made you take notice.

My heartfelt condolescences to the Kunik family and Axel. As a member of this community, I feel my own pain that one of our own could have been suffering without showing it but instead showing grace and sweetness. Ava remembers Olivia and was sad too.

Rest in peace Liv, you're missed.

Natasha, Sasha, Ksenia, and Alex Serdyukov

January 19, 2019

Why is it always the best ones who leave so soon?? The first word that comes to mind to describe Olivia is Star - so bright and vibrant, contagious smile....This was her choice, and there are no words to describe the pain and loss... Our hearts go out to your family❤️ We have a beautiful way to remember our nephew Dmitri, who left us at 19 - release colorful balloons into the blue sky every year on his birthday, and hope the angel’s watching.

Lynne Bentley

January 19, 2019

During your celebration, I came to know Liv, whom I'd met only once or possibly twice before. Prior to today's gathering, my heart ached and wept as only a parent can, even though I do not share your experience. Knowing Liv through her family and friends, music and memories, the impact of Liv on others brings me hope and joy. She, through you, has changed me and my life. I am more informed, more aware and am deeply touched. I want you to know to count me as one of those your daughter, your exquisite, darling daughter, has forever touched. I will carry her in my heart and will carry your message forward. Love, Lynne

Rick Esposito

January 18, 2019

Chck and family, our sincerest sympathy on the loss of your daughter. Our family is taking Liv's instructions to heart and we'll certainly be praying for you all.

Vicki ,& Frank Osgood

January 16, 2019

We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Unfortunately, we will not be able to attend the celebration of life on Saturday due to a prior commitment with a dear friend who is a young girl who has attempted suicide twice and is counting on us to meet with her and her mother.

We fondly remember Olivia as the little redhead, full of spirit as a little girl in Brittany. She was beautiful then—simply adorable—and grew up to be a beautiful young woman. We’re hoping you will continue to have lots of support from all your family and friends, and be able to rely on so many fond memories of Olivia.

We will be sure to take her recommendation of “Performing a random act of kindness” in her name.

Wishing you much love and peace as you try to move forward,
Frank & Vicki Osgood

Brianna Wilkerson

January 15, 2019

Livvy, you've impacted so many lives in your short 19 years. You were such a beautiful person inside and out. I walk in to panera and your voice echoes in my head. I can still hear your bubbly self saying "hi welcome to panera!" the second anyone walked in. I was never greeted with anything less than a full smile and a very warm and welcoming hello. I can hear your laugh and every so often I'll do something and just hear you say "bri you're so silly" or "yaasss queen!" Ever since we met I talked about you babysitting my son because of how silly you were... You would have been the best mom. You always loved when i brought him in and always asked about his therapy. Im glad we got to see you one last time on Christmas eve, but I wish I would've hugged you goodbye. Its hard not to dwell on the things I wish I had done. But I hope that you're looking down and see now all the love there is for you. I hope you can feel the warm embrace of that love and I hope that you feel nothing less than that ever again. Until we meet again 💕

Debbe and Steve Kirkpatrick

January 14, 2019

I remember how excited your mom and dad were when they gave us the news they were expecting you. We all came to your baby shower . The day you were born was so special. You were a beautiful baby girl. You are now someone’s guardian angel and will be forever young and forever beautiful.

“. A mother’s love for her child is a special one. It remains unchanged by time or distance. It is the purest love, unconditional and true. It is understanding of any situation and forgiving of any mistake. “

Dale Peterson

January 14, 2019

Most of my memories of Olivia were when she was a first grader in my class. She was spunky, fun, affectionate, and capable. Although we sometimes came head-to-head - yes, she could be stubborn and so can I - there is not a day that I went home not adoring that sweet and endlessly-interesting girl. She came to visit me after graduating from high school, and I was blown away by her confidence, charm, and vivaciousness. When she told me that she wanted to be a teacher of young children, my heart smiled. It made perfect sense.

It was always clear to me that her family knew what a special gem they had in Olivia. They cherished her whimsical, yet passionate, nature, understanding that "taming" Olivia was never the goal. They helped her learn to direct her energy, and it is clear from the stories of others that much of her energy was spent lifting up and encouraging and defending those who are struggling or marginalized.

As for me, she is one of the most unique people I have encountered. She had such a ebullient, beautiful presence that it was a bit like knowing a celebrity, even when she was just 6 years old. We are all terribly shaken by Olivia's passing, but I know her dear family is devastated. I pray comfort and healing for them and all those who mourn her, even though the hole left by Olivia's absence is too large to fill.

FROM THE FAMILY