Dorothee Elisabeth Lundgren

Nov 2, 1945 – Jun 3, 2014

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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.

Family Members

  1. Richard Lundgren (husband)
  2. Christina (Kelly) Burnaby (Daughter)
  3. David (Sonja) Lundgren (Son)
  4. Kevin (Connie) Lundgren (Son)


  1. Elisabeth
  2. Zachary
  3. Alyssa
  4. Emily
  5. Brendan
  6. Tabitha
  7. Johnathan


  1. Dieter Coletti (Brother)
  2. Gerhardt Coletti (Brother)
  3. Robert (Anne) Coletti (Brother)
  4. Hannelore Baumgarten of Oldenburg, Germany (Sister)
  5. Gertrude Muller of Welver, Germany (Sister)


  1. Gertrude Coletti (Mother)
  2. Fritz Higger (Father)
  3. Eddie Coletti (Stepfather)
  4. Three close Aunts

Information on Dorothee's life and her journey with Alzheimer's disease can be found on

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

Or the

UW Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

Attn: Pema Richeson UW Medicine Pathology

1959 NE Pacific St, Box 357470

Seattle, WA 98195.  


Brenda Dennis
Richmond, VA
Nov 11, 2015

Dick - I hope you will remember me - I sold Tupperware with Dorothee in Billings (McCubbin was my married name at that time) For some reason today Dorothee came to my mind and I thought I'd see if I could find her on FaceBook - When I went to search I found all the information written about her disease - I am heartsick that I didn't know sooner. She was always so good to me and wanted nothing but success for my future! I will always think of you and her with fond memories. My prayers are with you and your family.

Shirley Blair
Kirkland, WA
Jun 24, 2014

Even though I never Dorthee personally, I knew her children. The quality of who they are spoke volumes about their Mother and Father. My heartfelt wishes go out to all the family for the loss of someone so special.

Maria Adsley
Tacoma, WA
Jun 22, 2014

I am so very sorry for the loss of your loved one. My mom just passed of Alzheimer' s disease also, (Donna Mahoney) It is such a long painful journey of what they go threw. I was blessed to have special moments with mom, where I knew, she knew, who I was even when she could not communicate. Their spirt is still there. I know that God promises that He is close to the broken hearted. He also claims no more tears, no more fears, no more suffering. May God bless and hold you all in this time of sorrow.

Debbie (Syvertsen) Irwin
Clyde Hill, WA
Jun 20, 2014

Sending thoughts and prayers to Dorothee and the entire Lundgren family. I met Dorothee through Tupperware. She always had a smile and quick wit. When I miscarried, Dorothee sent me a card with her tender words that really helped me get through that very tough time. She was an angel here on earth and now in heaven. RIP with all your wonderful memories, Dorothee. Thank you for all you gave!

Jennifer Dilworth
Tacoma, WA
Jun 19, 2014

Sending my thoughts and prayers to the Lundgren family. Your mother was such a positive light to so many and I will remember her fondly. She was such a sweet woman and meant a lot to me. She signed me up with TW when my oldest daughter was just a few months old...and that was 20 years ago now. Very wonderful memories of Dorothee and her family.

Jean Marie Bonde
Great Falls, MT
Jun 15, 2014

The memories are just flowing. Walking home from high school and stopping in to see Dorothee's baby brother Bobbie, to being a bridesmaid in the wedding. The trip to Spokane, when I slept in the basement under a down comforter. What a nice first experience. Dick, Dorothee, Christina and David at our wedding. The bus trip when Brian was nine months old and Troy was five to attend David's First Communion in Billings,MT. You coming for Brian's baptism.

Spending the night at your house in Boise at least once when we were visiting Clyde's Family. I was so blessed to have all those happy time. I so wish I could travel to say goodbye. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Love and God Bless Jean Marie

Anne Brooks
Chelan, WA
Jun 14, 2014

I first met Dorothee through Tupperware and she was a wonderful, energetic manager, encouraging and guiding by example. I enjoyed our friendship and visits to Dorothee and Dick's home, until we moved to Chelan. You are covered in prayer as always and know that you are all loved.

Jan Ciba Mohler
Bigfork, Mt
Jun 14, 2014

Your sad loss is Heaven's wonderful gain. Dorothee is whole again and free of the disease that robbed all of you of your great wife, Mother and Oma. My prayers are with you.

Jun 14, 2014

Richard and family -- The stars shine brighter now, with a new energy within them. Bless you for taking such good care of Dorothy for so many years. You are in my thoughts.

Sheila Rice Class of 65

Lana Brinkman Russ
Lacey, WA
Jun 14, 2014

Fly with the Angels.

Prays are with you and your family, Dorothee. May your family know that you are loved.

Fr. Helmut Richyer
Pittsburg, Ca
Jun 14, 2014

May eternal rest be upon her and may the angels meet you in paradise. I will keep you in my prayers as I celebrate the Holy Mass.

Brenda Veland
Seattle, Wa
Jun 14, 2014

My deep sympathy for all of you.

David and Pam Bartley
Sunnyside, WA
Jun 14, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family....May God Bless you with Peace and Strength as you remember the good times with your special Angel.

Lou Lagrave
Cave Creek, AZ
Jun 14, 2014

The end of a long, hard road. Rest in peace.

Patricia Zale
Waterville, Wa
Jun 13, 2014

My heartfelt sympathy and Prayers to the Lundgren and Coletti Families! She has finally found Peace and has been released from the Darkness that surrounded her.

Karen Ostbye
Federal Way, WA
Jun 13, 2014

She was a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed by so many. I'm glad heaven finally called her home.

Wish I could be there.

Sympathy to all the family.

Gail Hartnett
Boise, Idaho
Jun 13, 2014

Heaven has a new angel...

Brian and Trevor Lundgren
SiouxFalls, SD
Jun 13, 2014

Wish Trevor and I could be there

You and the family are in our thoughts and prayers

David Lundgren
Olympia, WA
Jun 12, 2014

We will all miss you, mom!

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