Andover - Heidi Elizabeth Kolbe passed away peacefully at Brooksby Village where she enjoyed the last years of her life surrounded by the most wonderful community of friends and family. Heidi was born in Basal, Switzerland on September 18, 1926 with her twin sister Hedy. At the age of six, she and her family crossed the Atlantic, arrived at Ellis Island, and soon thereafter established themselves in Hastings on Hudson, Conn. where her father worked as an estate gardener and her mother was a homemaker. Heidi later married the love of her life, William Andrew Kolbe Sr., a decorated war veteran who pursued an exemplary career with the American Oil Company. Together they lovingly raised a family of three children in Cranford, New Jersey later moving to Portland, Maine and ultimately residing in Andover, Mass. Once their children moved on, Bill and Heidi lived in Dennis, Mass. and lastly in Sarasota, Florida. Heidi will always be remembered as a mother of boundless love and wisdom as well as a charismatic and caring friend who profoundly touched the hearts and souls of all who knew her. Heidi espoused a philosophy of always smiling even in the face of great adversity, and, searching for charitable means to lift the spirits of those in need.
Published on December 5, 2019