Obituary for Anura Unger-Van Bladel We are saddened by the loss of our dear wife, daughter, sister, aunt, friend and colleague Anura Van Bladel, who passed away on August 16. Anura was born and raised in Manhattan and was a New Yorker to the core. She met her husband Eric on January 23, 1987 and they were inseparable for 30 plus years. October 8 would have been their 30th wedding anniversary. Anura was larger than life and her departure leaves us with a big void. A petite beauty with both a twinkle in the eye and a laser-beam tough stare when needed, she had a booming alto voice and a great chuckle. She didn’t accept nonsense from anyone, but was always ready for a laugh. She enjoyed everything about life and had many passions. First of all, she loved her husband Eric and her immediate and extended family, and was fiercely protective of their best interests. A classic New Yorker, she could be intensely private and was at times suspicious of unsolicited or excessive kindness from others. Yet she was generous and loyal to those she loved and was always 100% there for them. Among Anura’s great passions were cooking and pairing wine with food. She loved being in her kitchen and was an amazing chef with an uncanny ability to discern flavors and spices and replicate dishes from around the world without a recipe. She loved the extensive wine cellar she built at home. Many will remember her gourmet dinners, brunches and barbeques with fondness. She loved to travel all over the world and had a particular fondness for St. John, Paris, the Barolo wine county and skiing in Upstate New York. She adopted Belgium as her second home country and enjoyed long walks along its coast, preferably during the off-season, and visits to the Trappist brewery in Westvleteren. She was passionate about art and culture and would drag Eric to museums during their travels. At home, she would regularly visit the Metropolitan Museum to see “my friends, the Impressionists”. A Manhattan girl to the core, Anura had been reluctant to move to New Jersey at first, but settled in and loved her home and extensive herb garden on her deck. Anura spent her entire career in banking, specializing in the collection of defaulted commercial loans. She was known in business to be very tough yet incorruptible and fair, and was very well respected. She worked at Midlantic Leasing In New York City and later moved to the bank’s Headquarters in Edison, NJ. Through the acquisition of Midlantic by PNC, her portfolio expanded to include a wide variety of loans, including real estate loans. After almost 20 years at Midlantic and PNC, she joined Sterling National Bank for 3 years in NYC. Her last position was to head up the Special Assets Department at BCP Bank, a Portuguese-owned company with US operations based in Newark, NJ. As Senior Vice President, she was in charge of collecting troubled loans that were largely secured by real estate in New Jersey and Massachusetts. In early 2016 Anura successfully started her own business under 2 operating companies. Her businesses were highly successful from the start. Anura is survived by her husband Eric, her mother Helen and her brothers and sisters Ahamed, Reggie, Maleca and Adam as well as nieces and nephews. Anura deeply touched our lives. We are grateful to have known her and we will miss her forever. Please coinsider a contribution in her name to www.dressforsuccess.org Mrs. Van Bladel-Unger’s cremated remians will be interred at Cedar Grove Cemetery in the near future. Order Flowers Afficher cette page en : Français Traduire Désactiver pour : Anglais Options ▼
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Anura Unger-Van Bladel 2018.
Death notice for the town of: Somerset, state: New Jersey