Obituaries

Thomas Worth Kolls of Lake Monticello, Palmyra, Va., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, at the age of 80.
He was born in Gary, Indiana, attended Shimer College and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1958 with a degree in finance.
He proudly served his nation as an officer in the United States Coast Guard, achieving the rank of lieutenant. During his sea service aboard the USCG McCulloch, he rode out one of the most severe storms ever experienced by a Coast Guard Cutter in the North Atlantic, off the coast of Labrador, during which a crewman was lost, most of the Cutter’s on-deck equipment was swept away and multiple decks were cracked.
Following active duty service, he served in the USCG Reserves until 1973. With his wife of 54 years, Elizabeth M. Kolls, he resided in Connecticut for many years and was active in the insurance, banking, manufacturing and construction industries prior to founding his own firm, The Fiduciary’s Management Services Group.
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Emogene Stephen Johnson, 85, of Palmyra, passed away on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at her residence.
She was born on December 3, 1928 in Gold Dale, a daughter of the late Edgar and Ethel Stephen of Orange.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Dallas Haden Johnson; her siblings, Wade and Wendell Stephen and Zella Lane; a son-in-law, Michael Glenn Haley; and a grandson, Michael David Nehemiah Haley.
She is survived by four daughters, Sherron Haley of Palmyra, Dalene Landes and her husband, Bruce of Midlothian, Sylvia Johnson, and Virginia Staton and her husband, Howard all of Palmyra; two sisters-in-law, Mary Stephen of Orange and Beverly Johnson of Richmond; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.
Emogene was a lifelong educator who impacted many lives. She graduated from Carson Newman College and pursued her Master’s degree at the University of Virginia. She started her career as a teacher at Cunningham Elementary School and went on to serve as principal of Cunningham, Fork Union, and Central Elementary Schools. She was an active member of a number of professional educational societies including Delta Kappa Gamma. Her passion for education has inspired a legacy within Fluvanna’s educational system.
Faith was an important part of Emogene’s life. She cherished her memories of her father who pastored numerous Baptist churches. She was a member of Fluvanna and then Fork Union Baptist Churches. Throughout the years she inspired many with her accomplished piano skills and served as a Sunday school teacher, mission leader, as well as moderator of the Albemarle Baptist Association.

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Joy Williams Kelly CIC, CRIS, 54, of Palmyra, passed away on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at her home.
She was born on June 13, 1960 in Macon, Georgia, a daughter of the late Donald Everett Williams and Mary Margaret (Phillips) Williams Kelley.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Gilbert and Ronald Williams.
Mrs. Kelly worked as a Commercial Insurance Account Executive at Bankers Insurance in Charlottesville and at one point had been a substitute teacher for the Fluvanna County school system. She was involved with the Fluvanna County High School band and color guard, which took the national championship in 2006. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
Survivors include her husband, Edward Charles Kelly of Palmyra; two sons, Jonathan M. E. Kelly and his wife, Margaret, of Charleston, South Carolina and Jeremy D. Kelly of Palmyra; a daughter, Jennifer M. Kelly of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; her siblings, Donna Demer and husband, J.R., Leland Williams and wife, Cynthia, Sherry Huston and husband, Ian, and Jerry Shore; and a number of nieces, nephews, and other extended family and friends.
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Wilfred E. “Bill” Belanger, age 86, died August 14, 2014 at his home in Rochester, Michigan. He was born and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts where he graduated from Lowell Technological Institute as a textile chemist. After serving in the U.S. Army in the occupation of Japan, he married his loving wife, Jacqueline T. Foisy. Bill is survived by his four children: Jeanne (Bruno) deSainte Marie of Paris, France, Stephen (Miriam) Belanger of Holland, Ohio, Carol (Michael) Hillman of San Francisco, California, and Edward (Karla) Belanger of Rochester, Michigan; and nine loving grandchildren.
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(Nov. 11, 1938 – July 12, 2014)
He was laughing so hard he started to cry.
It’s something Paul Bergeron of Lake Monticello, Virginia, had been known to do all his life, but something he hadn’t done much of lately, as the final stages of melanoma – which he had battled valiantly for 14 years – had finally taken the upper hand.
It came while telling stories with Angela, his beloved wife of 52 years, and their four grown children – Karen, Paul III, Robert and Thomas – at his side.
That’s when Paul’s family – and Paul himself – realized he was ready. Paul died just a few weeks later in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was 75.
But oh how he enjoyed each and every one of those years.
Family was so important to Paul.
When he was just a teenager, his own father died, leaving him to care for his ailing mother in a small apartment in Langley Park, MD, while earning a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy at The George Washington University. He eventually held a pharmacy license in eight states.
His mother passed a few years later, just as Paul and Angie were starting a family that would grow from their first child in 1963 to their fourth in 1968.
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