Colleen Engelmann, 74

Published 8:37 am Friday, January 25, 2019

Colleen Engelmann, 74

Colleen Engelmann, 74, lawyer, philanthropist and entrepreneur, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, following a lengthy illness.

Cora Colleen Engelmann was born on Feb. 28, 1944. She graduated from Austin High School in 1962. She was a Classics scholar at the University of Minnesota, where she earned a degree in Greek and Latin. After receiving her law degree from the University of Santa Clara, she served as a corporate attorney for several major technology companies in Northern California. She later established her own legal services practice, Virtual Lawyer, at a time online commerce was beginning to emerge.

Colleen loved her ranch in Northern California, her many dogs, and enthusiastically supported a variety of conservation and preservation organizations. She enjoyed being a volunteer and docent for a diverse array of naturalist groups.

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She leaves to cherish her memory three siblings, Michael Engelmann, Julie Wacker and Mary Murphy; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, Stanley Engelmann; her mother, Delores Barnett; her stepfather, James Barnett; and brother, Larry Engelmann.

Funeral arrangements are private.