Bonnie Lee Unger
July 21, 1945 – June 10, 2019
Bonnie Lee Unger (nee Williamson) age 73 of Montvale quietly passed on June 10th, 2019 surrounded by family.
Predeceased parents Wade and Grace Williamson of Park Ridge.
She is survived by loving husband W. Kenneth Unger of Montvale, son Glenn Unger and wife Tracy of River Vale, son Brett Unger and wife Nancy of Montvale, daughter Kristi H. Cicala (nee Unger) and husband Lou of Emerson and her sister Linda Mackey of Park Ridge. Grandchildren Kaitlyn, Shayla, Ashley, Wade, Chelsea and Max Unger, Louis, Samantha and Nicholas Cicala, cousins Michael Redard and Kenneth Redard of Hankins, NY and their children niece Louann, nephews Darren, Michael and Brian.
Bonnie graduated Park Ridge High School in 1963 and married her high school sweetheart June 6, 1964. You never saw one without the other. Bonnie began dating Kenny when she was only 12. Through the years they were residents of Park Ridge, Wyckoff, River Vale, Orlando Fl, and presently Montvale forming many friendships and touching hearts along the way.
As a youth she worked at Tice Farms bakery, then Bell telephone as an operator, Haworth Country Club as a waitress and Marriott Vacation Club in marketing. In addition to raising her family she loved having company and her laugh was infectious. Everyone was touched by her genuine smile, hugs and loving ways. She was a true friend and had wisdom to share.
Bonnie was affectionately known as Grandma as she was the biggest supporter to their three children and nine (9) grandchildren. Her whoo-whoo yell would cheer each of them on time and again. She lived for her husband, children and grandchildren. Bonnie knew each of their sport stats, teachers, coaches, friends, successes and tears like no other and was so proud of each of them. Her Christmas dinners were a tradition in her home. She loved to cook Syrian meals for her family and friends. Weekends and parties at their River Vale pool were legendary.
She was a member of the Park Ridge Elks and volunteered her time to those in need.
Bonnie loved the Lord and her faith brought her through many of life’s challenges.
Funeral services will be held at Becker Funeral Home – 219 Kinderkamack Road - Westwood, NJ (201-664-0292) Friday June 14th from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9pm.
Church service will be held at Bethany Community Center – 605 Pascack Road – Washington TWP, NJ (201 898 2000) Saturday June 15th from 11 to 12am
The family requests any donations be made to Bethany Community Center in lieu of flowers.
Bethany Community Center
605 Pascack Road, Washington Township, New Jersey
- Visitation Friday, June 14, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, June 15, 2019
Bonnie Lee Unger
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June 14, 2019
Kristi and my daughter, Jennifer, were childhood friends in River Vale, and I considered Bonnie to be one of my friends too. She was always so welcoming and always asked if Jennifer could sleep over. We all said yes, but I would always have to pick Jennifer up in the middle of the night. Bonnie once arranged a campsite in her back yard for the brownie troop, and it turned into something memorable as the kids fell asleep (I hope) and the mothers started partying. We all wound up sleeping in a camper or van that was there after we partied a little too hardy. It's something we'll never forget. Our dear friend, Angela, who has since passed away, was there too. I'm sorry to say that my daughter, Jennifer, passed away from metastatic breast cancer this past October. Jennifer and I both had fond memories of Bonnie, and I'm sure her family will miss her, as we miss Jennifer.
June 12, 2019
Our hearts and prayers reach out to you all. Mrs Unger played an integral part in my childhood. The Unger home was a 2nd home to me, and so many of our friends. I have played over in my mind a million times Bonnie’s laugh, advice, knowing look of understanding and reading a moment when no one else was. I can hear her yelling Brett’s name from downstairs and hear her offering us food while chilling by the pool. Her spirit and love was larger than life. I will forever be grateful that I knew her and received some amazing hugs and advice while talking in her kitchen.
I believe a presence like that never leaves and certainly the passion she felt for her family will never go away. I pray you feel her with you always.
My deepest condolences to you all.
With much love, Vanessa