on March 12, 2013 - 2:13 AM
July 24, 1951 – March 10, 2013
Susan L. Druzbik Sellers, retired director of special education for the Orchard Park School District, died Sunday in her Fredonia home under care of Hospice Chautauqua County after a long battle with brain cancer. She was 61.
Born Susan Druzbik in Lackawanna, she was a graduate of West Seneca West High School and earned a degree in special education from D’Youville College in 1973. While working for six years as a special-education teacher in Lackawanna, she completed her master’s degree at Buffalo State College.
Later, she earned advanced degrees in special education and psychology from Columbia University. She was part of a group that advised Congress on federal legislation affecting handicapped children.
She then joined the faculty at Geneseo State College, where she taught and supervised student teachers in special education. Next, she spent four years with Erie 1 BOCES, three of them as special-education supervisor. She then went to Orchard Park, where she helped integrate special-education students into regular classes.
After retiring in 2001, she became a certified interior designer and worked as a design consultant until she became ill.
She was a board member of the D’Youville College Alumni Association and the WCA Home in Fredonia, where she served as secretary.
She also was a member of the League of Women Voters and a volunteer serving patients of Hospice Chautauqua County.
She also was an accomplished watercolor artist, an expert skier and an avid golfer.
She was a member of Moon Brook County Club Women’s Golf Association. She shot a hole-in-one at Griffin Gate Club in Kentucky and received a private lesson from Gary Player during a Champions Tour tournament in Nashville, Tenn.
Survivors include her husband, Ron, and a stepson, Wayne.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Trinity Episcopal Church of Fredonia, 11 Day St.