Friends Remembered: Kristian F. Falkenstein

Kristian F. Falkenstein, 44, of Newtown, Pennsylvania, died Monday, June 27, 2022. In 2017, Falkenstein, then a 39-year-old university development officer, responded to a 32-year-old struggling in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Belmar, New Jersey. Despite turbulent ocean conditions, Falkenstein swam about 300 feet to the man and kept him above the water’s surface. Although several others with flotation devices, including a police officer and two life guards, swam out to assist Falkenstein with the man, ultimately, they could not leave the rip current and were rescued by a Coast Guard vessel. Falkenstein was later treated at a hospital for effects of near-drowning, but he recovered. Born in Abington, Pennsylvania, to Karl Jr. and Maria Magri Falkenstein. He attended Chapin School, Grey Nun Academy, Newtown Friends School, and Council Rock High School. A graduate of Villanova University with a bachelor’s degree in finance, he went on to earn his master’s in education from Holy Family College. According to his family, Falkenstein was successful in many different jobs, but in particular, he was awarded top salesperson for the Philadelphia territory for the Grand Canyon University. He also modeled and acted, including roles in “The Artist,” “Rush Hour 2,” and “The Last Airbender.” Falkenstein enjoyed sports and spending time with his friends. He loved animals, nature, music, the outdoors, and any adventure. He was most proud of being a father. In addition to his parents, Falkenstein is survived by fiancée, Mariya Nikonova; children, Skyler Falkenstein and Alexa Poberezhskaya; and brothers, Karl III, Rick, and Kyle Falkenstein.