SCARBOROUGH – Heidi Hannelore Kolterman, 67, formerly of Falmouth Foreside, died Aug. 9 at her Scarborough home with her son Neal at her side.
She was born on July 8, 1942, in Ludwigsburg, West Germany, the daughter of Anneliese Mayer and Kurt Knecht.
Her early education began at a religious boarding school in Lindau, Bodensee, and she later studied fashion and design. While growing up, she worked in the family clothing business and occasionally modeled, which resulted in a a life-long appreciation for European fashion and design.
In 1968, she married Roger Kolterman of Markgroeningen, West Germany, in Stuttgart, West Germany. He had previously immigrated to Boston in 1960, and she joined him in Maine in 1969. In 1972 and 1974, her sons Swen and Neal were born.
She loved making her home on Foreside Road in Falmouth a beautiful place. Although Maine became her home, her heart always remained in Germany.
Her interests included cooking, baking, working in her flower gardens, interior decorating, antiques and traveling the world.
Despite numerous disabilities later in life, she met each challenge with determination, positive thinking and strength of spirit that allowed her to live at home. Her friends and family will remember her enthusiasm, sense of humor, and expressive love for the simple pleasures of life.
She is survived by her former husband, Roger Kolterman of California; her son, Swen Kolterman and his wife Whitney of California; her son, Neal Kolterman and his fiancee, Esther Ott of Scarborough; her mother, Anneliese Knecht-Bruehl, her brother, Uli and his wife Irene Knecht, and her sister, Traute Conrad and her husband Uli, all of Germany.
Memorial services were held last week.
Memorial donations may be made to The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth, ME 04105.
Arrangements are by Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth.
A memorial of her life can be viewed and condolences, wishes and memories can be shared with the family at www.mem.com.