Dorothee Elisabeth Lundgren
Nov 2, 1945 – Jun 3, 2014
After a nineteen-year battle, Dorothee Elisabeth Lundgren died due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease on June 3, 2014.
Dorothee was born at home in Trier, Germany, on November 2, 1945 to Gertrude Kalker and Fritz Higger. She moved with her mother and stepfather, Eddie Coletti, to Great Falls, Montana in June of 1962. She attended Central Catholic High School and graduated in 1965. On April 12, 1966, she married Richard E. Lundgren. Later that year they moved to Spokane, Washington, which turned out to be only the first of many moves. Dorothee started selling Tupperware in 1973, and because of her enthusiastic and outgoing personality she became a manager and one of the top sellers in the country. Due to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease symptoms in 1995, she had to give up her career. She will always be remembered for her loving playfulness and wit. Nobody ever knew what she was going to do or say next. The biggest joy of her life was her family. She loved to sing German lullabies to her grandchildren and did so until she could no longer remember them.
- Richard Lundgren (husband)
- Christina (Kelly) Burnaby (Daughter)
- David (Sonja) Lundgren (Son)
- Kevin (Connie) Lundgren (Son)
- Dieter Coletti (Brother)
- Gerhardt Coletti (Brother)
- Robert (Anne) Coletti (Brother)
- Hannelore Baumgarten of Oldenburg, Germany (Sister)
- Gertrude Muller of Welver, Germany (Sister)
- Gertrude Coletti (Mother)
- Fritz Higger (Father)
- Eddie Coletti (Stepfather)
- Three close Aunts
Information on Dorothee's life and her journey with Alzheimer's disease can be found on www.opaandoma.us.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in her name to the Franciscan Foundation,
Franciscan Hospice & Palliative Care
PO Box 1502
Tacoma, Washington 98401
UW Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
Attn: Pema Richeson UW Medicine Pathology
1959 NE Pacific St, Box 357470
Seattle, WA 98195.
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