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Colleen Sundlie

Colleen Sundlie Obituary


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Colleen Sundlie, age 58 of Prior Lake, passed away on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 11AM with a visitation starting at 9:30AM all at Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, 4565 Pleasant St. SE, Prior Lake. Guests who are unable to attend in person can live stream the funeral via zoom at Colleen’s Celebration of Life (Meeting ID: 993 6333 1521 / Passcode: 288337)

On June 2, 1962 in Minneapolis, MN, parents Dennis and Kathleen (Hunter) Sundlie celebrated the birth of their first child, Colleen Marie Sundlie. She was the oldest of three children. Colleen lived up to the role of “Big Sister” wholeheartedly—she was independent, a bit bossy, and lovingly protective of her sister Kelly and brother Dennis. When her mother passed away, Colleen stepped up and carried on family traditions. She was an amazing sister and a generous Aunt.

Following her graduation from Burnsville High School in 1980, Colleen entered the workforce. For many years, she worked in medical device sales with McKesson Medical and later Waste Management.  Colleen also worked part time at the Savage American Legion for more than 20 years selling pull-tabs and a little waitressing when needed. No matter the job, Colleen showed up with her personable, hard working attitude. She was not only a great coworker, but a wonderful friend.

Colleen had the unique ability to make friends everywhere she went. She cultivated friendships that lasted a lifetime. Whether it was a childhood friend, someone she worked with or recently met at the Legion, Colleen made everyone feel special and important. 

She loved nothing more than calling her friends for lengthy chats, getting together for lunch and a movie or going to a concert. Colleen enjoyed time in Florida with her sister and summers on Prior Lake. If you didn’t tie her floatie to the pontoon, she was sure to drift away and find another group to spend time with—she truly made friends anywhere, anytime! 

Colleen’s empathy and generosity never wavered, even when faced with her own tough times. She will forever be remembered for her love she shared so willingly with others. 

Colleen is loved and missed by her brother Dennis (Cathy) Sundlie and their children, Katie Seeley and Andrew Sundlie; sister, Kelly (Rod) Green; her beloved kitties, Molly and Maddie; other loving relatives and countless devoted friends. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Dennis Sr. and Kathleen.