Selena R. (Himmelman) Soederberg

Died: Aug 10, 2012
Selena R. (Himmelman) Soederberg
FALMOUTH– Selena Ruth Soederberg, formerly of Concord MA and Stratham NH, died on August 10, 2012, at Maine Medical Center with her family close to her side and a thunderstorm raging outside. 
 
She was born on December 29, 1933 in Newton MA, the daughter of Helen Leonard and Asaph S. Himmelman of Houghs Neck (Quincy) MA. Selena was educated in Marlborough MA, earned her RN from Worcester Memorial Hospital in 1955 and for years poured her oversized heart into psychiatric nursing at Emerson Hospital’s Wheeler Three in Concord MA where she helped innumerable patients cope with disease.
 
Selena had a unique ability to look someone in the eyes and see what was special in them, as well as what was troubling them. Selena used this gift to brighten the day for just about everyone she met. She had an amazing grace and is greatly missed.
 
Selena is survived by her husband Harold F. Soederberg, her three children Catherine Wesinger of Brunswick ME; Eric Soederberg and wife Beth of Bedford, NH; and Lisa Miller and her husband Brian of Davis CA.   She was a proud “Grummy” to six grandchildren and aunt to many nieces and nephews that will keep her alive in their memories. Her brothers Ashaph Jr. and Bill, as well as her sister Martha Nelson survived her and she was predeceased by her brothers Leonard and Jerry.
 
As a “Dyed in the wool Democrat” Selena was active in protesting against the Vietnam War and a proud supporter of compassionate causes.   She loved her country.
 
She owed the last 15 years of her life to a transplanted kidney that she nurtured and protected at all costs. She held volunteer positions at the KT/DA to support renal disease patients and families.
 
Selena had a passion for pottery and loved to practice the art at the Emerson Umbrella in Concord MA. She was an avid Scrabble and Canasta player and lover of laughter. Selena spread her love with fresh baked Tollhouse cookies, apple and strawberry rhubarb pies with fresh fruit from her gardens.
 
A memorial service will be held at the First Parish Church, 425 Congress Street, Portland Maine on Sunday August 19th at 1:30pm.
 
In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made in her name to her favorite political candidate, or to the KT/DA (Kidney Transplant/Dialysis Association Inc.).

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