Jennifer Lisman Bunich, 36, of Charlotte, N.C., died at Carolinas Medical Center on February 4, 2008, after a brief illness.
She is the daughter of Don and Marilyn Lisman of Charlotte, N.C., and the granddaughter of Arad and Virginia McCutchan of Evansville and Boyd and Martha Lisman of Monroe City. She and her husband, Boris Bunich, were married in 2004 and have a two-year-old daughter, Claire.
Ms. Bunich was born in Evansville, Ind., in 1971 and had lived in Columbus, Ohio, Costa Mesa, Calif., Louisville, Ky., and Berkeley Heights, N.J. She graduated from Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights and received a BA in Communication/Journalism in 1993 from Shippensburg University (PA) where she was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. She had worked since 2003 as an account supervisor at the Wray Ward marketing agency and previously worked for the Cato Corporation, Loeffler Ketchum Mountjoy, and Bank of America in Charlotte.
Jennifer's warmth, vitality, and selflessness created a wide circle of friends who, with her extended family, loved and admired her. She used her professional skills as a photographer, writer, and organizer to document the lives of her family and friends in pictures and videos. Recently, as "Jen B" she and a long-time friend, "Jen P," created a popular Internet blog www.charlottesmartypants.com recounting their experiences as wives and mothers of young children and sharing advice and support Jen P notes in her February 4th tribute to Jen B that "She was such a historian — documenting details of her life with photos and scrapbooks." Many other tributes which were posted by the readers following her death show the growing influence of this blog in their lives, for example: " Several of us who read the (web) site felt that we got to know her ... (and could sense) her integrity, drive, brilliance, and passion for her daughter."
She is survived by her husband, daughter, parents; her two brothers, Scott Lisman his wife, Nicole, and their son, John Allen, of Houston, Texas, and Brad Lisman and his fiancée, Allison Simpson, of Dallas, Texas; her maternal uncle, Allen McCutchan and his wife, Emily, of San Diego; her maternal aunt, Jeanne Van Voorst and her husband, Conrad, of Rochester, N.Y.; her first cousins, Dianne McCutchan of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Melanie McCutchan of San Diego, Calif., Corey Van Voorst of Rochester, N.Y., Mrs. Royce (Deanna) Baker, Washington, Ind., Hope Barnett, Mrs. Dene (Lana) Bartley, and Jackie King, all of Petersburg, Ind.; her parents-in-law, Gregory and Raisa Bunich, and her brother-in-law, Alex Bunich, his wife, Marie, and their daughter, Isabella, all of Charlotte.
Donations in her name may be made to Kindermourn.org (704-376-2580), Annasgift.org (704-355-4048), or the Arad A. and Virginia R. McCutchan Scholarship at the University of Evansville.