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Former Anchorage resident and teacher's aide Claudia Trendelenburg, 54, died Aug. 8, 2007, at home in Portland, Ore.
Her family wrote, "Beloved mother, daughter, and sister Claudia Trendelenburg died after a courageous 10-year battle with lymphoma."
A celebration of her life will be at 5 p.m. Thursday at the home of Larry and Cindy Martin, 4010 S.E. 302nd Ave., in Troutdale, Ore. All friends and acquaintances are welcome.
Claudia was born March 24, 1953, in Bavaria, Germany, and immigrated to St. Clair Shores, Mich., with her family in 1956. She graduated from Lake Shore High School in 1971 and continued her education at Oakland University and Michigan State University.
She worked for many years as a teacher's aide and respite worker with developmentally delayed children and adults in both Alaska (1979-1986) and Oregon (1986-2006).
She loved gardening and home decorating but most of all, she loved spending time with her three children. She was a seeker of deep connections with others and developed many true friendships over the years.
Her family wrote: "'Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.' - Buddha"
She leaves behind her three children, Alexi, Maya and Yuri Caprotta; their father and her former husband, Fred Caprotta; nephew, Pablo Caprotta; mother, Dorothee Trendelenburg; sisters and spouses, Petra and Alan Hall, Karin and Chris Hassett, Rose and Willy Van Hemert, Jenny Trendelenburg and Corinna and Jeff Braun; and brother, Andy Trendelenburg.
She was preceded in death by her father, Peter.
A scholarship fund is being established for her children. Donations may be sent c/o of Chris Hassett, 6830 110th Ave. S.E., Portland, OR 97226.
Arrangements are with Omega Funeral Home in Portland
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