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Vernelle Darlyne Olson Seger


A resident of Baton Rouge, she died Tuesday, April 1, 2008, at her home. She was 83 and a native of Wausa, Neb. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., on Friday, April 4, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visiting resumes at the funeral home on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until service in the chapel at 10 a.m., conducted by Dr. George Haile. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial Park. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy Ann and Randy Roach, Lake Charles, and Kathy Jean Ballmer, Baton Rouge; son and daughter-in-law, Jon Cameron and Kathy Seger, Baton Rouge; sister-in-law, Ernestine Chadwell; eight grandchildren, Lauren Roach, Brandon Roach and wife Clare, Dallas Eric Ballmer and wife Sarah, Lind Miguel Baller, Jennifer Faye Seger, Allyson Christine Seger, Sarah Elizabeth Seger, and Katherine Vernelle Seger; and two great-grandchildren, Jude Roach and Jeremiah Roach. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cameron Lind Seger. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the LSU Department of Veterinary Science in her husband's name, Dr. Cameron Lind Seger.

Published in The Advocate from 4/3/2008 - 4/4/2008.








Dr. Cameron Lind Seger


A veterinarian pathologist for the LSU department of veterinary science and resident of Baton Rouge, he died Saturday, Sept. 14, 1996, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. He was 78. a native of Westbrook, Minn., and U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. Visiting at Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595 Florida Blvd., 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday. Religious services in the funeral home chapel at 10 a.m. Tuesday, conducted by the Rev. George Haile. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial Park. Survivedby wife, Nell Olson Seger ; two daughters, Kathy Jean Ballmer, Youngsville, and Nancy Seger Roach, Lake Charles; a son, Jon CameronSeger , Baton Rouge; a sister, Ernestine Chadwell, Omaha, Neb.; eight grandchildren, Brandon and Lauren Roach, both of LakeCharles, Dallas Eric and Lind Miguel Ballmer, both of Youngsville, and Jennifer, Sarah, Allyson and Katherine Seger , all of Baton Rouge; and a sister-in-law, DeLoris McCluskey. Preceded in death by parents; and a sister, Norma Ackerman. He was a member of American Veterinarian Medical Association and a board certified member of the American College of Veterinarian Pathology. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the LSU Foundation for the department of veterinary science.

Published in The Advocate  - September 16, 1996




If I remember correctly, I heard that Clair de Lune was played at Cam and Nell's wedding as was it played on the piano at Nell's funeral.  The significance surely is yet to be heard by me but in a pure sense, they both probably just enjoyed the grace and elegance of its simplicity as I do.  This is a small tribute to my dear friend and my two son's grandparents...Cameron and Vernelle.

Claude Debussy
Sheet Music              Clair de Lune

Achille-Claude Debussy (August 22, 1862 – March 25, 1918) was a French composer. He was one of the most important figures in music at the turn of the last century; his music represents the transition from late-romantic music to 20th century modernist music.

Debussy’s music was completely unorthodox for its time. His pieces are often characterized by time signatures and rhythmic passages that evoke a feeling of flow rather than adhering to a rigid sense of time. His most dramatic contribution was his disregard for traditional ideas of chord structure and tonality. Elements of the Medieval modes are evident in his music, as well as frequent use of the whole tone scale to create a “dream-like” fluidity to his melodies. Some have also speculated that his more avant-garde uses of harmony and rhythm stem partly from his interest in ethnic music, such as the music of Java, which he encountered as a young composer.

Debussy’s impact was far reaching. His free use of harmony, that often disregarded altogether the major/minor chord system based on thirds, has been cited as an influence on the rise of Jazz music later in the 20th century. His piano music revitalized the medium. Debussy re-defined the potential of a very familiar instrument, and extended the range of compositional piano sonorities.