Obituaries

Norma Jean Sellberg 1935 - 2009 Lawrence

Memorial services for Norma Jean Dyck Sellberg, 74, Lawrence, will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church.
Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Smoky Hill Cemetery at the foot of Coronado Heights in Saline County, in her maternal family burial plot along with the pioneers who settled in the Smoky Valley.
Mrs. Sellberg died Friday, Nov. 6, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
She was born May 13, 1935, the daughter of Bernhard and Lydia Anderson of Lindsborg. She was raised in Lindsborg.
Mrs. Sellberg attended Lindsborg schools for 12 years and graduated in 1953. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Bethany College in 1957.
She earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction and special education from Kansas University in 1970 and 1972.
She was a member of First Baptist Church in Lawrence for nearly 40 years. She sang in choirs, taught Sunday school and served on a variety of ministries.
Mrs. Sellberg taught first grade in Waterville from 1957 to 1959. After 10 years at home raising her three children, she worked on grants and special projects at KU.
She became an assistant professor at Kansas State University in 1976, where she coordinated the training program for teachers of students with learning disabilities.
She secured grants for several projects, and co-wrote a child-use reading program; a college textbook on the topic of consultation, collaboration and teamwork for students with special needs; and other journal articles and papers.
In 1994, she formed a consulting business, Curriculum Solutions Inc., specializing in issues related to curriculum adaptation.
Mrs. Sellberg retired as professor emeritus at KSU in 2000 and continued to run CSI until she sold it in 2003.
She was a member of several professional organizations including Association for Children with Learning Disabilities and was state president several years. She received awards for outstanding service to the organization three times.
She was a member of the Council for Exceptional Children, and of its Division for Learning Disabilities.
She married Gilbert Dyck in 1957. He died in 1985. She married Bob Sellberg in 2001 in Lawrence. He survives, of the home.
Other survivors include two sons, Greg Dyck and wife Cathleen, Morgan Hill, Calif., and Kirk Dyck and wife Cathy, Lawrence; a daughter, Kari Woods and husband Bob, Baldwin City; a sister, JoRene Rothwell, Bonner Springs; and five grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to First Baptist Church, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.
The Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.