Mrs. Robert M. Lunny, the former Baroness Irmgard Clementine Juliane von Wallenberg, known as Liane, died on Thursday, September 5, 2013, at her home in Pompton Plains, NJ.
Born in Berlin, Germany, on June 9, 1923, the daughter of Baron and Baroness Werner von Wallenberg (Emma Charlotte Glinicke), she lived in several cities including Wiesbaden as a child and young adult. Later, in Leipzig, she received degrees from interpreters’ school, having mastered French, English and Spanish. She worked for the German-French Armistice Commission following World War II, and then for the Office of Military Government, United States (OMGUS), and the U.S. Air Force, all in Wiesbaden. Liane then moved with her parents to Montevideo, Uruguay, before coming to New York in April of 1949. There she worked for Intercontinental Hotels. She married Cdr. Robert Miller Lunny in 1953. They lived in New York, then Delaware, and finally settled in Far Hills and Oldwick, NJ, where they lived for over 46 years. She moved to Pompton Plains in 2010.
Liane loved her roles as wife and mother. She was also a language tutor, an avid gardener and a great lover of animals. An active volunteer, she put her all into everything she did, saying it was her Prussian blood! But she very proudly became a U.S. citizen in 1954 after having lived here the required 5 years. Liane Lunny, American. She and Bob enjoyed travel and she was happy to have done so much of it when she was able to, throughout Europe, the Middle East, South America and Africa, and her beloved St. Barts. In later years she was content to lead a quiet life, reading biographies, needlepointing, and keeping up with the doings of the family. She was an inveterate volunteer who strongly believed in giving back, and for years was involved with Serendipity at the Far Hills Country Day School, Morristown Memorial Hospital, the Garden Club of Somerset Hills and The Bargain Box, a second-hand shop which raises money for Morristown Memorial.
One of her greatest accomplishments was writing her memoir, Keep Smiling: A Life on Three Continents (2009), in which she chronicled her life in Europe, South America and here in the United States, taking the reader through her many adventures, life in war-torn Germany, her growing fondness for the Americans during that time, and eventually to her life here. She loved her adopted country and all that it stands for deeply—freedom and the license to speak one's mind, which she often did with great alacrity!
Liane was pre-deceased by her husband, Robert, who died in 1989. She is survived by her two daughters, Mrs. Charles Neuhauser (Liane “Lili” Lunny) of Tuxedo Park, NY, and Mrs. James R. Kelly (Frederica L. Lunny), of Mendham, NJ; her sons-in-law; and her three grandchildren, Katherine A. and Connor R. Kelly, and C. Schuyler Neuhauser.