On March 25th, 2021, the world lost a scintillating and passionate young woman.  Selinde passed away from injuries sustained as a passenger in a vehicle accident at Richland-Furnace during her workday at the Ohio Division of Forestry. She left this world doing what she loved and believed in: Wildlands Firefighting and Forestry. She was surrounded at passage by her loving family and partner Kees. Soar high and far, beloved Lindy: so many hearts are with you.

The April 10th, 2021 Memorial is viewable at,
Posted by Steve Dishong on May 4, 2021
We were hoping the passage of time would make writing this easier —it hasn’t. The pain and sadness we feel has not changed. But another thing that hasn’t changed is the memory of your radiant smile. The memory of your smile continues to make us smile. Yours was a genuine smile from the heart. We also often think of how helpful you were to us, no matter the task at hand;. as well as how eager you were to learn something new. Your family and everyone who knew you will always miss you, but we are grateful we had the privilege to know you. With love, Steve and Sherry
Posted by Danny Reese on April 30, 2021
Dear Selinde, my heart aches so much. What a privilege it was having you spend time with our family, I miss all the wonderful fun and laughs we had. What a unique spirit you are sweet Lindy. The world is not the same.
Posted by Gavin Nupp on April 12, 2021
Lovely badass
best friend
Posted by Jaclyn Smolinsky on April 12, 2021
I always look back on my summer spent at the Cremona field site with the biggest smile. It was there that I met the Roosenburg family, each member filled with love and wonder for the natural world. I was so impressed by them all, and Selinde as the youngest at 5 years old was no exception. One of my favorite memories is picking cherry tomatoes with Selinde fresh from the garden, something I had never done before. I think she must have thought it funny that I asked her how to do it right, but she loved showing me which ones were best and we giggled together as we popped them in our mouths. I knew it then as I know it now that she was special beyond measure. My deepest sympathies to the entire Roosenburg family.     
Posted by Tom Radzio on April 12, 2021
I met Selinde when she was a year old. She and Dirk were playing on the kitchen floor at the Cremona Farm field site in Maryland. Their floppy blonde hair was so similar that I had trouble telling them apart at first. Over the next few summers, they brought so much joy to everyone on the farm, not only because they were remarkably bright, happy and adorable, but because they engaged so sincerely with us. Early one field season, Selinde and Kate were over on the brick walkway that led from the house to the shed. As I came up the hill from the boat dock, Selinde gave me a shy but super exuberant smile to which Kate responded, “she likes you!” Although it was a silly moment, it stuck with me as an insight into the amazing life she would live, one rich with experiences and meaningful personal connections. I saw Selinde again a few years ago and, as countless others have described, could instantly see how good-natured and authentic she had remained. To her family and friends, I am so very sorry for this unfathomable loss. Selinde made the world better and will live forever in the hearts and minds of so many.
Posted by Lauren Gertsen on April 11, 2021
I attended WIWF Bootcamp with Lindy this fall. I gave her a ride from Boise to Vale and was glad to be the first person to meet her. She kept laughing as we passed all the wild onions on the side of the road and just had to have me pull over so she could pick one up and make sure she wasn’t crazy. She shared her hopes and dreams and I was excited for her path to come in Idaho. Her laugh was contagious and I hope her memory lives on forever. To her family—be immensely proud of the woman you raised. She was one of a kind and lived in love, laughter and light. I am so sorry for your loss.
Posted by Freddie Hassett on April 10, 2021
Selinde was one of my first friends. I remember all the times when our parents would be at functions for the department, and she would always find something fun to do. She made those gatherings bearable; we were both children with insatiable curiosity. One day, Selinde showed me how to find salamanders under rocks. Needless to say, I was in awe of her salamander hunting talents. Another memory that stands out in my mind is riding a wagon down her driveway. It drew the attention of the adults, which I was keenly aware of, but she paid no mind. She taught me how to be carefree yet conscientious. Selinde will forever remind me of the joys of my childhood. We shared a love for wildlife and getting dirty. My path in life wouldn't be the same without her. Her devotion to this world and the people on it is truly inspiring. I can say with certainty that Selinde changed me for the better. Her soul lives on in my heart, my mind, every meandering creek, every salamander, and everything else that is beautiful in this world.
Posted by Carol Patterson on April 10, 2021
Willem, Kate and Dirk, my thoughts, prayers and love are flooding your way today and forever. When I think of Selinde, I think of joy and smiles. She had a special soul that radiated. I am so honored to have had a brief time to get to know her. I admired her tenacity in dealing with her accident in high school and am touched to read about her pathway since then. In her brief time with us, she seemed to learn to live her life to the fullest. I'm proud to know you, sweet Lindy.
Posted by Mel Gunawardena on April 10, 2021
I offer my prayers to Selinde’s family on such as shocking loss. Selinde was only a few years older than me and seemed like she had so much to offer the world. While I didn’t know her very well, I have several memories of her and she was always kind – I can’t think of a time when she wasn’t. I played in a youth orchestra with her at OU’s school of music. I had played the violin for a little bit, but Selinde knew how to fiddle! I remember seeing her play at a Halloween event at her house. I was so impressed with her when she played the violin col legno, with the wood of the bow – something that I had never seen before. I can also remember Selinde at the district science fair. She and her mom were talking to my family and asking if it was worth it for them to come to the awards ceremony at the end of the fair. I believe it was her first time at the fair and she seemed a little nervous and unsure of herself. Despite her uncertainty, you could tell that she was passionate and had worked hard on her project and of course, she went on to win awards at the ceremony. I always knew that one day she would have a large positive impact on the world but when I read all these tributes, I realized that she already did.
Posted by ROBIN MUHAMMAD on April 9, 2021
Deepest condolences on the loss of Selinde. Her legacy lives on in all the people and places she touched.
Posted by Blake Ledbetter on April 9, 2021
Lindy, thank you for making the summer of 2019 a great one for me. I had a great time getting to know you and going on a ton of adventures with you and Tevs. You were the most adventurous, funniest, and fun-loving person I have had the pleasure of being around during my wildlife escapades. You showed me a different take on life that I will carry with me forever and you introduced me to some great music as well. I have a ton of great memories (I think I got on your nerves a lot, too haha) of you that still make me laugh every single time, to this day. I'll always cherish the chances we had to roam Washington and I know with your kind soul you're in a better place adventuring places that we can't even fathom. I miss you and wish I had the chance to spend more time with you. -Mallard
Posted by Jace Williams on April 8, 2021
Selinde and Amy (a friend of hers in her class) used to draw pictures together and then they would give me the pictures. They were rookies in marching band with me when I was field commander. This may have seemed like something small, but at the time I was struggling with PTSD, severe depression, and anxiety. Those pictures were sometimes the difference between whether I went to bed safe from myself or not. It meant the world to me and still does. She was a light during some of my darkest times despite being younger than me. I wish she had known the huge impact it had. This world lost a hero. It brings me so much sorrow and my heart goes out to her friends and family.
Posted by dawn holliday on April 8, 2021
I knew Selinde as a spirited and inquisitive toddler, full of joy and energy. In reading through these tributes, I have learned that she grew up to be a strong, fun-loving, and inspirational friend to many, not surprising given Willem for a dad and Kate for a mom. My heart is with the family and others who were part of Lindy's time with us.

Posted by Jennifer Hill on April 8, 2021
I was Selinde's School Counselor at Athens High School and always looked forward to our conversations together. I loved how driven and determined she was. She was also so sweet and kind with the most beautiful smile that could light up a room. I often think of her when the topic of state testing arises. A fond memory I have of her was her insurmountable determination to take the state tests/End of Course Exams after having a major injury/surgery to her leg. I know she had to have been so uncomfortable taking that test, but she pushed through and I was very inspired by this - even to this day.  She never seemed to let anything slow her down. Selinde is a student that crosses my mind often and I am terribly sorry for her loss. 
Posted by Brooklyn Stallworth on April 8, 2021
Selinde, I graduated in ‘17 but, I remember your beautiful face so clearly all throughout high school. I have come to find that we had a lot in common such as being born in Lancaster, growing up in Amesville (that always comes with some stories) and even sharing a bus to football games (that comes with even more stories). I am saddened to hear the news of your passing. I am sorry that we never got a chance to speak because it seems like we would have had some great conversations and some good long laughs-maybe could have gone to the Fireman’s Festival together! From what I know and have read, you were a driven young woman with a wonderful personality. I wish I could have experienced your great energy and charm myself! I am praying for your family and friends during this time of grief and heartbreak - especially, for a young woman like yourself. You will be missed and remembered fiercely. Rest in Heaven, Selinde. Until we meet. <3
Posted by Jen Armstrong on April 7, 2021
My heart breaks for the loss of Selinde. Not only bacause I can’t even image the pain of losing one’s beloved child, sister and friend, but because of the all the “what could have beens”. Lindy was one of the most exuberant people I knew, a kindred spirit of enthusiasm and so much more. To not watch her life unfold and enjoy her adventures is a loss indeed. Hugs to Kate, Wilhem and Dirk, I know Selinde’s smile will always bring a smile to my face and her enthusiasm will always remind me to enjoy the moment!
Posted by Ana Feger on April 7, 2021
I can't remember a time, since the kids were in 5th grade, when I saw Selinde and she wasn't smiling. She brought joy...and will be sorely missed. Much love to all of you.
Posted by Becky Day on April 7, 2021
I never met this remarkable young woman. I saw her death mentioned on an Athens Facebook group, and followed the link which led me to these amazing stories and pictures. As a fellow AHS grad (1980) and Marching Green & Gold member, I want to offer condolences to her family and friends, grieving such a terrible loss.. And to say that I have rarely seen an example of a life well-lived. Selinde obviously made the most of every moment and lived her life on her own terms. May her memory be a blessing.
Posted by Katy Field on April 7, 2021
Linde Roosenburg was the personification of fireworks. She was always bubbling with a new idea, a kind word, or a crazy scheme. I was so lucky to be able to experience being around her, even if for a short time.
Posted by Valerie Schmitt on April 7, 2021
Beautiful obituary for an interesting soul!
I have never met this young lady. However, I feel like I know her a bit. Her obituary was so well written and so heartfelt. It was so touching that I just had to reply. Sorry for everyone's loss.
Posted by Michael Shirey on April 7, 2021
1988 AHS Alum and former AHS Band Member here. While I did not know this individual, my heart aches in solidarity. I am very sorry for the loss your family has occurred. Clearly this world was better with her in it than without. My condolences.
Posted by Meg Van Patten on April 7, 2021
I have hesitated to leave a message because words escape me. Selinde will forever be part of our family's Athens story and we were devastated to hear that her life ended so early. We will remember her as a bright spirit who lead Ellie on many an adventure through the woods and always made her giggle. I can not imagine the Roosenberg family without her and will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Know we are sending love from a far.
Posted by Chris Howey on April 7, 2021
When I think back on the few times I spent with Selinde, my memory keeps returning to one - chubby bunny. A silly game that we all played one evening at your house. But it is not the game I like to remember, but the way Selinde laughed. Her smile and laughter was contagious, and it makes me smile just thinking about it now. My heart weighs heavy for you all, but I am so thankful for having the chance to know Selinda. In the words of Chilean writer Isabel Allende, "Death does not exist, people only die when they are forgotten; if you can remember me I will always be with you." I will never forget Selinda, her smile, her laughter. My love to you all.
Posted by Trevor Cyran on April 7, 2021
I am deeply sorry for your loss. The Poplar Island family mourns with you and you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Rosemary Bartoszek-Loza on April 7, 2021
I was deeply saddened to read about the death of Selinde in the Columbus Dispatch this morning. She was a student in my Chemistry 1210 class at The Ohio State University. Such a vibrant, curious, kind and hard working student. I have over 600 students each term - Selinde stood out. She attended each office hour at 8 am. Always prepared. Always full of questions. Few freshman students are that dedicated. A joy. I remember our conversations. She often spoke of her family. She was so full of life wanting to make a difference. I offer my deepest condolences to her family.

Rosemary Loza (Sheldon D Shore Distinguished Lecturer)
Posted by Matt Johnson on April 6, 2021
I only met Selinde virtually, as I worked with her as her Admissions Counselor at the University of Idaho. In the uninspiring virtual world of this past year, Selinde exuded the exact opposite - she was inspiring. Her enthusiasm for going on to college, let alone one as far away as Idaho, was encouraging to me. I was the one supposed to be encouraging her but left every interaction more inspired about my own school, especially for her passion for chosen major of Fire Ecology and Management. She seemed the perfect student- smart, excited, determined, fun, and passionate. That is also what makes this so painful, that lost opportunity for her and for what this world would gain from her. However, as her loss was shared here on this campus, the faculty and staff who worked with her or on her behalf, were impacted and moved by her. In that alone, she lives on in Idaho without even taking a class yet. We gain perspective, value, and love in her tragic loss and will better pay that forward in all our interactions. We are sorry for your loss and pray for your comfort, with the understanding that she now rests in ultimate peace.
Posted by Melissa Myers on April 6, 2021
Selinde exuded a warmth and curiosity that was certainly unique to her. In that one year I spent with her in French class, she contributed not only interesting perspectives and asked profound questions, but she also found humor in the beauty of learning another language. She will be forever remembered as the essence of joy.

Beyond her sophomore year in French class, my admiration for Selinde grew when she would come to my Academic Coaching period to tutor a fellow student in math. Not only was she consistent in coming, kind in her demeanor, and patient with the process, but to watch her tutor was to see her as a guide of the curriculum. She is one of two students in my 17 year career who had this intuitive sense of how to help another without doing the work for them. Wise beyond her years, a sense of an old soul, on a daily basis, she would remind me the importance of patience not just in the classroom, but in life in general. Though her time on earth too brief, her impact will certainly endure.

Du courage to her entire family and all her close friends each day moving forward.
Posted by Michele Morrone on April 6, 2021
Willem and Kate, I never met Selinde but I feel like I have come to know her a bit with the tributes from people who cared about her so deeply. She truly is a remarkable young woman and I hope that your pain can be a little more bearable knowing that you did an amazing job raising her. It is so obvious that your love and guidance led her to make a difference not only in the local community, but in a segment of society at large. Everyone who has ever had a child is grieving with you and grateful to you for sharing Selinde's stories.
Posted by Sarah Begley on April 6, 2021
I had the pleasure of having Selinde in class for both her junior and senior year. Above all else Selinde proved to me what a determined, hardworking young woman she was. My first favorite memory of Selinde is from her senior year in calculus. She made the comment one day in class that calculus had changed her life. I asked how and she said that the way in which she makes her capital S will be forever changed. You see, she use to make a cursive S but after integration that all changed. This made me smile because the same thing happened to me when I first took calculus.

My other favorite memory is when I wrote her letter of recommendation when she was applying for the Naval Academy. As a teacher you find out a lot you do not know about your students when you write a recommendation letter for them. As I was reading her background information she stated how she wanted to fly planes for the Navy and be a "badass". She went on and on about how badass it would be and that she really wanted to be a badass. Again I smiled. Selinde has a way of doing that to me. Before she graduated she gave me a picture to put on my bulletin board. Every time I walk by it and see her beautiful face smiling back at me, I always think the same thing. I wonder what badass adventures Selinde is on today?

My heart and thoughts go out to her family and the ones who love her most. Selinde will be forever missed....
Posted by F K on April 3, 2021
From Jean Witkowski via email: I remember a sweet little girl, perhaps 3 years old at the time, who would come into the Biological Science office with her Daddy and the two of them would stop in my office to see me. What a pleasant way to break up my day. This little 3 year old was of course your beloved Selinde. She would curiously examine the items I had on my desk; the multi-colored glass paperweight or the wooden puzzle. Her little round face was full of light and her eyes were like saucers as she examined the items. But all too soon it was time to go and Daddy swooped her up in his strong arms and you could see the love in the eyes of both of them as they said their goodbyes to me and they went on about their way. What a beautiful child she was, her face full of light, curiosity, and love. When I moved from the Bio Sci office I seldom saw Willem but when I did I would ask about Dirk and Selinde and it was always with great pride that he would tell me of their activities. And although I never knew Selinde as she grew to become a young woman pursuing her dreams. I know her life was a life lost way too soon.
Posted by Joan Cunningham on April 3, 2021
I met Selinde while volunteering for the Athens County Red Cross blood drives. She came in with her mother for her first donation experience, shy, and a little scared, but very earnest in her desire to donate. She was memorable.
Posted by Nathan Weyand on April 3, 2021
I only knew Selinde indirectly through her father when I visited Maryland. I got to meet one of her rabbits. I enjoyed hearing about her love of raising rabbits and hope the family will have some joy remembering her 4-H adventures.
Posted by Ann Bitler on April 1, 2021
I did not know Lindy, but I do know that Kees loved her. I have been praying for Kees and Lindy's family for peace and comfort. When you loose someone you love, it leaves a hole in your heart. Please know you are not alone.
Kees in my Grandson.
Posted by Amy Shaw on April 1, 2021
Selinde was a student in my Sophomore Pre-AP English class. She was hardworking, insightful, and forever curious about everything. She was never afraid to voice her opinion during class discussions, and did so in a way that made her classmates consider different perspectives. I knew then that Selinde was the rare student who not only enjoyed learning, but also applied that learning to her enjoyment of life. My sympathies and love go out to Selinde’s family and friends. May you forever feel her light around you.
Posted by Ashley Brown on April 1, 2021
Willem, Kate, Dirk, I am heartbroken for your family. I have already forgotten some of the things my kids did only a few years ago, so I will share these with you even if you may still remember them. When I came to your Maryland house, I remember Lindy made all of the group sit down and watch her put on plays all night. She must have been about 5, and she was such a delight. I babysat for you guys a few years later (I remember vividly one of the nights, it was the day Dirk got sent home from school for engineering something far beyond his years...). I walked into your home, with venison chili cooking (I couldn't believe you kids ate so many things mixed together!), music playing, and no TV in sight. I thought to myself, "this is how I want my home to be someday". It was so peaceful. Lindy made us play her own made-up games all night long. Though I have no idea what she was like as an older child, I can only assume her active imagination never stopped. May your family find peace in some of these wonderful memories, she was obviously very loved by many. 
Posted by Mary Wryst on April 1, 2021
Selinde was in my junior English class in high school and left a charming and lasting impression. She always had a smile, something thoughtful to say, and always stayed after class a bit to share her thoughts on what we discussed as well her own interests and things she was curious about. Her beauty was evident inside and out. Our world has lost a beautiful soul. My deepest sympathies go out for all knew and love Selinde.
Posted by Nicole Read on March 31, 2021
The world has lost a bright light. I was Selinde's French teacher for three years. She was so joyful and curious. She was unapologetically Selinde, and this made everyone around her more willing to be a truer version of themselves. Her laughter, creativity, and authenticity were infectious. My heavy heart goes out to the many who will miss her.
Posted by Leslie Jones on March 31, 2021
I taught Selinde at West Elementary. She was a creative thinker and a friend to all.  I’ll never forget that for her birthday treat, she requested deviled eggs instead of tired, old cupcakes. I think of her every time I have a deviled egg and always will. I think that’s what made her so special, she was true to herself.  Prayers and hugs for her family and friends, what an immense loss. 
Posted by Thomas Baer on March 30, 2021
We are neighbors and have had the privilege of knowing Selinde a long time. We loved our opportunities to watch her grow up, playing with our giant St Bernard puppy, caring for our small flock of chickens, delighting us at the door on Halloween trick or treating with her brother (forever our only trick or treaters), delivering the BEST ginger cookies for Christmas she’d made herself. Always with a happy playful, curious spirit, she inspired us to look on life as an adventure to be explored. She will always live in our hearts, and we are so grateful for the times we did get to spend with her. She was loved then and she is loved now. She was a sweet angel in life and certainly will be forever.
Tom and Patti Baer
Posted by Cassandra Fleckenstein on March 30, 2021
I met Selinde in the Fall of 2020. She applied for the Women in Wildfire Boot Camp with the Bureau of Land Management in Vale, OR and was accepted. She so badly wanted to work in a job that could help the environment and the communities that live with fire. I remember her being inquisitive, curious, soft spoken, and willing to do everything it took to do the job. She thought everything was so cool. I was so happy to learn that she found a job doing what she wanted. I am devastated to learn that she is no longer with us. In remembrance the Cadre from the boot camp have purchased a Brick to be placed at the Firefighter Memorial at the National Interagency Fire Center located in Boise, ID to commemorate Lindy. The Brick will have her name, life dates, and her graduate date from the camp. When it's placed I will be sure to share a photo of it. She will be forever commemorated with other firefighters. With love to her family. 
Posted by Lisa Crockett on March 30, 2021
Selinde was the perfect model of how to live a life to its fullest. 

I think often of the highlights of “senior follies” at the Athens High School in the spring of 2018. One of my fondest memories of Selinde (and the follies) was watching her play the trumpet. Like with everything that Selinde did, she performed with poise and intensity. Her spirit was on “full” that evening, like I suspect was the case for most of her waking hours.

Posted by Mikayla Heydt on March 30, 2021
I worked with Lindy a few times boundary marking at Shawnee State Forest. We had long drives down in the work truck from Columbus. She was quiet but fearless. I was really excited to have another female coworker in forestry. Even though we only worked together a few times, I could tell she was someone who stood up for what she believed in and wasn't afraid to tell you how she felt. One of the guys made a comment about women and driving and she and I were all over it making sure they knew women are just as capable. I really enjoyed those days with her. The entire field of forestry and wildland firefighting will be missing out on someone with her passion and intelligence. It breaks my heart. Sending warm wishes of healing to her family.
Posted by roger hendershot on March 30, 2021
I did not know Lindy personally, but
know almost everyone she worked with and I can assure your family that we are all numb and grieving presently. As a family you must be wondering why your loved one was taken so early, with so much promise ahead of her? We all are.
You will know that someday, but maybe not now.

May our Creator assuage the anguish in your hearts and assure you that Lindy's life was a life well lived.

Roger Hendershot, Forester
ODNR, Forestry
Zaleski CCC

Posted by F K on March 29, 2021
From: Bella Ormseth via email: Our hearts are broken, and we are in shock over the news of Lindy's death. We were so looking forward to her joining us in the Pacific Northwest, introducing her to her extended family in Vashon, Boise, and Portland, and welcoming her to a "home away from home." We are so sorry for the loss of your dear daughter and sister. With love, Nik, Bella, and Toli
Posted by Leah Ryu on March 28, 2021
Selinde, this is so difficult to write, because you always seemed like someone who would be here forever as an inexhaustible fact of life. If I didn’t think it was a cliche to compare someone to the sun, I would do that, because there’s really no other comparison. Whenever I read the Mysterious Benedict Society books, I would picture Kate “Great Kate Weather Machine” Wetherall as you (Kate = red-bucket-carrier, bearer of long blonde ponytail, extraordinary estimator of physical measurements, possessor of acrobatic ability, someone who “weathers all,” who is raw and of the Earth). You were one of those rare people who feel as if they’re truly there with you in the moment, who make you feel that you are really confronting another human soul—it seemed like every time we spoke, no matter how few and far between those times were, you treated my existence as a thinking and feeling being as a basic fact. And that’s a wonderful way to be made to feel.
Your absence will follow me like a presence; in every breeze that sighs and flower that blooms & every time I step in the dirt with my bare feet I’ll think of you.
With lots of affection—
Posted by Sidney Dunfee on March 28, 2021
Selinde was someone I was lucky enough to meet because of band, she was nothing but a warm and bright person who was always bursting with joy. We shared a bed at Ohio University Honor Choir and I will forever remember her constant singing, happiness, and the memories of being kicked those two nights, something I can laugh about and be thankful to remember and have now. She was always someone who was sure to check in on everyone else and such a giving person to our marching band and music family. Her smile is such an unforgettable one, and one that will be missed by so many.
Posted by David Herold on March 28, 2021
Selinde carried such a curiosity and boundless zeal that it was hard not to feel uplifted around her. Watching her and Lily laugh together for hours around a recent bonfire gathering, one could easily be struck with the thought that a fire was somewhat extraneous with Selinde present. Her warmth, kindness and joyful presence in the world remain a gift for all who were lucky to have spent time with her. We will miss you, boundless Selinde.
Posted by Eleanne Roosenburg on March 28, 2021
My dearest Lindy,

I’m pouring over pictures and trying to remember as many moments as possible and am finding that I am most grateful for the tenacity with which you lived your life. There was no opportunity that presented itself that you let pass you by. No moment you didn’t want to be constructively busy; involved in something. On our beach vacations you were always digging, or covered in sand from being buried or catching critters in the tidal river and only really still when swaddled in towels because your lips had finally turned blue after hours of swimming with Dirk and your cousins in the frigid New England ocean. Christmases with all the cousins and all the chaos and Lindy Loo Who looking for things to do and often bursting into song with a voice like Ethel Merman. The time you built the Nepali gingerbread tea house when Esme was hiking the Annapurna. If you think about it that’s really the only Christmas present she had that year when we sent her the photo. Or the time you painstakingly organized my sewing box. I’m still careful to keep it in order. This Christmas as we zoomed I may have missed out on some of the conversation because I was too busy watching you handily create ornaments out of aluminum cans. I’ve come across photos that Esme took when she and Phoebe were in Maryland that document a magical day the four of you spent in the bamboo creating sculptures and instruments that you then performed. And most of all you were tenacious in how you loved and the attachments you sought. I will always remember those deep and amazing hugs. I carry all this in my heart because it helps me to believe that you lived your short life to the fullest and made the most of every moment. You saw things through and that will be the lesson you have imparted to me. I will miss you so terribly.

With so much love from your Tante Eleanne
Posted by Ian Kelley on March 28, 2021
Selinde was an amazing niece. As far back as I can remember, she lit up every space she was in with her passion and curiosity. I loved getting to know her better over the past few years as we discussed college, careers, life in the military, and life in general, and I know she was headed for great things. I will carry her memory and example in my heart.
Posted by Susan Triantafillou on March 27, 2021
Thank you for showing me how to appreciate people for who they are.
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Posted by Steve Dishong on May 4, 2021
We were hoping the passage of time would make writing this easier —it hasn’t. The pain and sadness we feel has not changed. But another thing that hasn’t changed is the memory of your radiant smile. The memory of your smile continues to make us smile. Yours was a genuine smile from the heart. We also often think of how helpful you were to us, no matter the task at hand;. as well as how eager you were to learn something new. Your family and everyone who knew you will always miss you, but we are grateful we had the privilege to know you. With love, Steve and Sherry
Posted by Danny Reese on April 30, 2021
Dear Selinde, my heart aches so much. What a privilege it was having you spend time with our family, I miss all the wonderful fun and laughs we had. What a unique spirit you are sweet Lindy. The world is not the same.
Posted by Gavin Nupp on April 12, 2021
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Memorial Services

Selinde's memorial service and processional were held on her birthday, April 10th 2021, and are viewable at

We will have a bonfire gathering sometime in June at the family farm when all of our friends and family have been vaccinated and can safely gather, hug and sing songs in Selinde's memory. 

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Selinde’s name to The Athens Conservancy (P.O. Box 2281, Athens OH 45701). The funds will be used to set aside land in Selinde’s memory, where the public might enjoy the Appalachian woodlands she loved so dearly.


Obituary – Selinde Downey Roosenburg

10 April 2000 - 23 March 2021

Selinde Downey Roosenburg, age 20, passed away as a result of injuries sustained as a passenger in a UTV rollover. She was working on a prescribed fire at the Richland Furnace State Forest. We may be comforted to know that she died doing what she loved; and that she surely wore a beaming, tired smile in the moments before the accident. Her last gift to this world was to give life through the donation of her organs. Our sparkling, vibrant daughter, sister, cousin and partner would have wanted this tragedy to bring life and joy to others.

Lindy was born in Lancaster, Ohio on 10 April 2000, but grew up a barefoot explorer in the woods outside Amesville. From birth, she was a spirited child who confronted the world on her own terms. She attended West Elementary, Athens Middle School, and Athens High School and was a member of the Athens Marching Green and Gold and the Athens Swim Team.

Selinde settled on Forestry after two years at Ohio State University , but when learning changed she decided to experience life rather than merely imagining it from the classroom. In the fall Selinde attended an All-Women Wildlands Firefighting Course in Washington State. Working at Zaleski State Forest reinforced her decision to become a Wildlands Fire Fighter and Forester. She had been accepted into the best Fire Science program in the country, with a generous scholarship, to finish her training at University of Idaho. Lindy was looking forward to learning all she could about fire and bringing her knowledge back to the woods of SE Ohio.

Lindy was beautiful without knowing it, strong-willed yet vulnerable, bursting with energy and enthusiasm, but also quiet and introspective. She was a fiercely loyal and loving young woman, with a humor so quick and dry that the unsuspecting only caught the pun or barb if they saw the twinkle in her eye. She lived her life with an inspiring liberation, like wearing white shrimper boots on OSU campus in defiance of the standard attire. She rejected pretension and would not tolerate drama. For her, the days were for experiencing life to the fullest, making other people laugh, and becoming a hero to her community.

Lindy loved animals of all shapes and sizes, filling our lives with rabbits, ducks, dead bluebirds and wiggling snakes, while spoiling the family dogs at every opportunity. She played guitar, fiddle, and trumpet; but mostly she sang, announcing her presence before she arrived and gracing quiet moments with her joyful voice.

Selinde is survived by her parents Willem Roosenburg and Kate Kelley, brother Dirk Roosenburg, grandmother Carol Kelley (Bryn Mawr PA), aunts (Alex Woodard, London England; Eleanne Roosenburg, Acton MA), uncles (Brendan Kelley, Seattle WA; Ian Kelley, San Diego, CA), cousins (Esme and Phoebe Wessel, Asheville NC; Jordan Kelley, Ocean City NJ), her partner Kees Van Dijk (Lancaster OH), and many, many dear friends.
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Shared by Sery Gunawardena on May 6, 2021
Selinde was one of the first friends I ever had. I will always remember her as someone who inspired adventure and passion about the world around us.

Lindy always was her own person. I remember her fiery uniqueness throughout elementary and middle school. Her overalls, the trapeze in her room, her laugh, her humor. For one of her birthdays, we made sushi. I remember noticing and laughing with her about the genius of the "ribbon drawer" in her kitchen. Today, I have my own ribbon drawer and always think of her when I open it. For one Christmas, she gave me an ornament made out of one of these ribbons tied around a shell with a glitter-glued letter 'S' that my family hangs on our tree every year.

When we were in third grade, Lindy started a club around the World Wildlife Fund for Endangered Species. I remember going to the bank for the first time with Kate and a few of our friends to start a bank account for the club. The bank showed us a vault where money is kept, and I recall feeling this immense sense of responsibility and ability to make an impact on the world, all sparked by Selinde's passion at such a young age.

When I moved across the country for 5th grade, Selinde was one of my friends who made me feel less alone. She sent me countless letters I still have, in envelopes handmade out of pages from National Geographic magazines, or cartoons from the newspaper. In one letter, she described showing her rabbit, Mimi, at the fair and winning Champion in several categories (it was her "first year showing rabbits and [she] was very proud"). She circled some of the words of the letter and marked dots above the words so that I could solve it as a code. In a letter sent in middle school, she sent an origami panda she had made.

I'll never forget her love of Totoro, the beloved Studio Ghibli character. She had Totoro images and things around her room and showed us Ghibli movies when I visited her house. When I moved into my dorm my freshman year of college, I was so excited to tell her I got a Totoro poster to hang up in my room. She made me love and appreciate so many beautiful things I would never have heard about without her.

In college, I was lucky enough to get to see her again after 4 years apart. That year, we lived in dorms near each other and met up for a surreal night of adventure. I remember running towards each other, finally reuniting after so long. We walked down High street, stopping at a little pizza place and catching up about all that was going on in our lives. I remember listening, wide-eyed, as she told me about her experiences double (or triple?) riding on the electric Lime scooters around campus. She showed me her room and her college Totoro things. We visited a music store and a massive thrift shop, and I remember feeling like a young child again, like nothing had changed and I was with my friend again after so long.

I am so blessed to have been able to be your friend and see your light and passion up close, Lindy. Miss and love you so much.

What an Amazing Human Being

Shared by Bernhard Debatin on April 29, 2021
I remember Selinde coming to our house when she was maybe 12 years old, hanging out with my son Sam, with whom she developed a close friendship. They were playing hula hoop in the driveway and I was watching them in awe from our kitchen window. They had such intense fun with this and they were so completely absorbed in the moment. It was almost as if they had created a magic bubble together; a bubble that completely pulled them out of time and space, that allowed for pure being in the here and now.

At countless marching band events and at a number of other gatherings and visits, I had ample opportunity to appreciate Selinde's pleasant presence. I experienced her as an incredibly vibrant, smart, and intense person. She was kind, independent, and fearless; hungry for life and not taking any BS. She was unbelievably stoic with regard to pain, as we could witness when she had suffered a complicated leg fracture, resulting in a metal rod implant and a lengthy, painful healing process. She also was extremely funny and had a quick and contagious sense of humor, paired with joyful outbursts of laughter.

I so enjoyed talking to her. Sometimes, this would turn into serious conversations between two humans, at eye level and with sincere wholeheartedness. I had a couple of such conversations with her when she had broken her leg. In these situations, she had this inquisitive, wondering, and thoughtful look in her eyes: Genuine curiosity and an unusual enthusiasm about exploring something new or discussing a captivating topic. Occasionally also some amused mocking, a gentle reminder that in her opinion grown-ups like myself were strange creatures that had to be treated leniently.

And then she would leap back into just being a playful, hilarious teenager. At band camp and other band events, she was a central source of fun and of (always harmless) mischief. Her eyes would brightly sparkle in anticipation of the joy to come. And while she was crucial in co-creating friendship and group identity, she was completely unassuming and modest.

For years, I took pictures at band events and posted them on the band's facebook page. Selinde was one of the most interesting individuals to photograph because of her expressive face and her genuine, completely natural behavior. And she almost always smiled with her eyes. Over the years I took hundreds of pictures of her and almost all of them captured specific aspects of her rich and fun-loving personality.

Selinde has always had a special place in my heart. She was an amazing human being, radiating radical, thoroughgoing joy of life. Her star burnt bright and beautiful, as if she knew her life was short.

Selinde will always have a special place in my heart.
Shared by Molly Armstrong on April 10, 2021
If I had to choose a color to represent Selinde it would be orange. Fierce, jubilant, warm, and passionate. I remember going to Disneyland with the band and Selinde taught me a hand clapping game to pass the time in line for rides. By the end of the day we both had bruises on our thighs from playing the game so quickly and with so much energy. In health class in high school I remember eating an apple next to her and when I finished it, she asked for the apple core and promptly ate the whole thing but the stem. Lindy, every time I eat my apple core I think of you. You taught me how to dance to Cotton Eyed Joe while we were working the concession stand for a football game and I still picture your skirt swirling around you as we dance. I recently came across a poem that I think is very fitting and reminds me of you: “I like to pretend that you ran away/ that you’re living on an island/ and have a garden/ and a dog/ and that your brother drops by/ to bring you groceries/ and books/ and that you are very/ happy and free” (S.C. Pacheco). Lindy, in my mind you are forever running through the forest, finding creatures and climbing trees, and eating my apple core.