Laura A. Neufeld (nee Christen) age 52 of Kinnelon began a new life in heaven on Saturday, April 9, 2011. Her passing to eternal life took place while she received the love and caring of her husband Richard and her sister Linda who were at her bedside.
Laura was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she lived her childhood years. Later her family moved to Montvale, NJ where she graduated from Pascack Hills High School with the class of 1977. She went on to study at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.
After graduation she was employed at Manufacturers Hanover Bank in New York City and then she joined Merrill Lynch Brokerage Company where she worked for twenty years.
She was gifted with an excellent business mind and had a very outgoing get it done personality that made her excel at her work. In her private life she shifted to being very private and reserved as she related day to day with others. Both in her business life and personal life she exhibited leadership qualities.
Within her life journey her true dedication was to family and her highlight of life was being a devoted mother and wife. Laura had wonderful and awesome gourmet cooking skills and originality and variety was always the order of the foods she prepared.
In 1995 she met a handsome fellow by the name of Richard Neufeld at a social event, and after a courtship of about one year they married on January 27, 1996 and honeymooned at Bequia Island in the West Indies . They were married for fifteen years in a “loving and fun marriage” until her passing.
In her day to day life experiences she loved the beach, enjoyed shopping and was fond of fine jewelry.
Surviving are her loving husband Richard; one daughter Anna and one son Richie both at home; her parents Andrew and Laura Christen of Warwick, NY, her sister Linda DeLanoy and her husband Bill of Laguna Hills, California, her brother Andy Christen and his wife Mary and their family of Warwick, NY; her father in law Dietrich Neufeld (aka Opa) of Winnipeg, Canada; three brothers in law David Neufeld of Yukon, Territory, Peter Neufeld of London, England and Jeffrey Neufeld of Singapore and all of their families.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 11 AM at Our Lady of Magnificat RC Church, 2 Miller Road in Kinnelon. Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday 2-4, 7-9 PM at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne.
Those planning an expression of sympathy in Laura’s memory are asked to consider the Laura Neufeld Children’s Memorial fund, 19 Glen Rock Drive, Kinnelon, NJ 07405