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Virginia "Ginger" Mae Sellberg

May 9, 1930 March 27, 2018
Virginia "Ginger" Mae Sellberg
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Virginia “Ginger” Mae (Overvold) Sellberg was born on May 9, 1930, in Watertown, SD to Ernest and Helen Overvold. Ginger was baptized at the First United Methodist Church in Watertown on March 31, 1930. The family moved to Moorhead, MN where she spent her school years, graduating from Moorhead High School in 1948. She was crowned Moorhead High’s homecoming queen. Ginger graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead, in 1952 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education and English. While at Concordia, she was a member of the Concordia Concert choir, and active in theater and Alph Kappa Chi, and was crowned Concordia’s homecoming queen. Her experience with the Concordia choir was truly special to her, having a strong influence on her teaching and her lifelong enjoyment of and dedication to music.
Ginger’s teaching career began in Bagley, MN. After her marriage to Robert Sellberg in 1953, she taught in Leeds, ND. In 1958 they settled in Worthington, MN where she would eventually teach junior high music for many years while raising her family. She brought energy and passion to her teaching and her music. Her former students have fond memories of participating in choir and small ensembles. After retiring in 1987, Ginger spent much time and love on her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Ginger loved her church and directed the choir for over 40 years. She also led Bible studies, sang for events, and served where needed.
Membership in professional organizations included National Music Educators Association, Minnesota Music Educators, Minnesota Public Radio, and was a guarantor of the Minnesota Orchestra. She served on the board for the Worthington Concert series as treasurer and president, working diligently to bring music into the lives of others.
Ginger passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at Ecumen Meadows in Worthington, MN.
Virginia is preceded in death by husband Robert; parents Ernest and Helen Overvold; sister Phyllis Brevik; brothers Roland Overvold and Lowell Overvold; nephews Lee Overvold and Philip Brevik and grandson John Robert Sellberg.
Survivors include children, Jeff (Corrine) Sellberg of Huntington Beach, CA, Barbara (Curt) Nelson of Overland Park, KS, Dan (Jane) Sellberg of Brooklyn Park, MN and Kari (Dan) Russell of Castle Rock, CO; grandchildren, Laura (Nelson) Buckman, Nick Sellberg, Jake Sellberg, Brooke Diehl, Krista (Nelson) Kuhl, Pam (Sellberg) Wong, Katy (Russell) Baccam, Mick Sellberg, Anndi Russell, Carly (Sellberg) Heinsch, Nikki Russell and Brady Russell, and great grandchildren, Finn, Ryan, Will, Josie, Tillie, Claire, Ellie, Kian and Lily.
Ginger loved to celebrate holidays, she never missed acknowledging birthdays, and all of us looked forward to fresh baked cinnamon rolls at every visit!
May God bless the memory of our dear mom, grandma, great grandma, teacher and friend, Ginger.
Soli Deo Gloria! To God alone be the glory.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., at the American Lutheran Church in Worthington, MN, with Pastor Gary Andersen officiating. Burial will be in the Worthington Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at the American Lutheran Church in Worthington, MN.
Benson Funeral Home in Worthington is in charge of the arrangements.

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Visitation

Saturday

31

Mar

9:00 AM 3/31/2018 9:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 3/31/2018 11:00:00 AM
American Lutheran Church

915 Winifred St
Worthngton, MN 56187

American Lutheran Church
915 Winifred St Worthngton 56187 MN
United States

Service

Saturday

31

Mar

11:00 AM 3/31/2018 11:00:00 AM
American Lutheran Church

915 Winifred St
Worthngton, MN 56187

American Lutheran Church
915 Winifred St Worthngton 56187 MN
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Memorial Gardens Final Resting Place

29600 County Highway 35
Worthington, MN 56187

29600 County Highway 35 Worthington 56187 MN
United States
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