Obituaries, Week of Aug. 7, 2014: Acors, Bergstrom, Glaude, Minor, Sirles and Wahls
Linda Robinson Acors, 60, passed away July 30, 2014, in the comfort of her friends and family, after battling Scleroderma for 40 years. As a native of the Richmond area, Linda dedicated a lifetime to teaching serving as a school teacher for nearly 30 years, receiving numerous commendations and awards. She was a master gardener with the Goochland-Powhatan Master Gardeners Assoc., and the West Hanover Gardeners Club. Her teaching continued into retirement, spending time with her grandkids, reading and doing crafts. Linda enjoyed traveling with her husband, Billy, loading their camper and setting out for one of their many “adventures.” When she wasn’t traveling, she enjoyed organizing get-togethers for her family. Linda is survived by her husband and best friend, Billy Mullins; her son, Brian Acors and his wife, Leah; and their son Jordan (whom she thoroughly loved); brothers, Tom Rutherford (Alice), Ronnie Rutherford (Ramona), Billy Henderson, Harold Robinson (Sun); sisters, Ruth Hall, Elva “Tennie” Henderson, Judy Caudill and her daughter, Nikki Cantrell (Dale); stepdaughter, Heather Ramos (Victor); stepson, Nicholas Mullins; and many nieces and nephews and grandchildren. There was a gathering of family and friends Saturday, at Bliley’s-Staples Mill, where a celebration of her life was held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Scleroderma Foundation, 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 105, Danvers, MA 01923.
Mary Helen Hadwin Bergstrom, died Sunday July 27, 2014 at the age of 87 years. Mary Helen, known to her work associates as “Mary”, was born on January 24, 1927 in Vivian, Louisiana. As a child she lived with her parents and six brothers and sisters in Shreveport and in Tullos, La., graduating from Urania High School in 1943. After high school, her family returned to Shreveport where she attended Centenary College and began her life-long career with the telephone company. Mary met and fell in love with her husband Ken while on temporary assignment with a group of telephone operators during tourist season in Miami, Fla. After a two-year courtship, Mary and Ken were married on Christmas Eve, 1948 in Lanesville, Mass., spending the first two years of their marriage in Concord, N.H. while Ken finished college. The couple moved to Hartford, Conn. in 1950 and continued to live in the Hartford area for many years, raising their two children, Diane and Richard in Wethersfield and Glastonbury, Conn. Mary’s career with the telephone company spanned 30 years and several states, starting as a Telephone Operator and finishing as the first woman in the state of Connecticut to attain the technical position of “Testman.” Mary was curious about everything throughout her long life. She followed politics with a passion and enjoyed gardening, reading, history, people watching, and cooking for family gatherings and holidays. Her sharp mind was an inspiration to her children, family and friends. Mary moved to Ashland, in 1996. She lived independently and enjoyed driving her car to go shopping at Cross Brothers Grocery, have lunch at the Hanover Café and weekly hair appointments at Salon Van Haren in Ashland. Mary is preceded in death by her husband, E. Kenneth Bergstrom, sister Bonnie Bell Hadwin Watson, brother John Roger Hadwin, parents Mary Helen Venable Hadwin, and Daniel Wesley Hadwin. Mary will be missed by her survivors; daughter Diane Bergstrom Campbell, son-in-law Colin; their children; son Richard Kenneth Bergstrom, daughter-in-law Betty; their children, Erik, Sarah, and Nicholas; brothers Dr. Daniel Hadwin and Richard Hadwin, sisters Dell Rupp, and Margaret Stone, sisters-in-law Alice Hadwin and Sandra Hadwin, and nieces and nephews who kept in touch with her by phone from across the country. Mary was an animal lover and her beloved dog Copper and cat Velvet will miss her generous treats and loving attention. In the final year of her life, Mary discovered the Shiloh Friendship Café in Ashland where she enjoyed playing dominoes, lunches and field trips with many new friends that she found there. Memorial services will be held for Mary Aug. 9, at 2 p.m. at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Ashland Chapel, 412 S. Washington Highway, Ashland. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to: Senior Connections, 24 East Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23219, attention: Jamie Smith.
Alice Ann Glaude, 83, went to be with the Lord July 30, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward “Ted” Glaude. She is survived by her children, Lynn Woodward (Clyde), Liza Chaulklin (Gary), Benjamin Stanley, Mary Ann Addison; six grandchildren, five great–grandchildren. II Corinthians 5:8 “Rather be absent from the body and present with the Lord.” The family would like to thank Westport Nursing Facility for their excellent care. A memorial service was held Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, where visitation was held at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Fair Oaks Baptist Church, 1701 E. Nine Mile Road, Henrico, VA 23075.
Bennett O. III “Ben-Ben” Minor, (Lt. Col., USAF Retired), 83, of Mechanicsville, passed away peacefully July 29, 2014. He was preceded in death by his father, Bennett O. Minor Jr.; mother, Mattie Gatewood Minor; two sisters, Frances Ann Litten and Carolyn Woodcock; and one brother, Philip T. Minor. He leaves one brother, Leslie W. Minor of Charlottesville, Va.; three children, Kimberly A. Minor (Donna) of Columbus, Ohio, William B. Minor (Lisa) and David L. Minor (Lisa) of Mechanicsville; four grandchildren, Courtney Luck (Ben), Matthew Minor, Christopher Minor and Sloan Minor; and great-grandson, Hudson Luck. Benny was born in Richmond, Jan. 30, 1931 and raised in King & Queen County. After graduating from VPI as a member of the Cadet Corps with a B.S. in Dairy Science in 1953, he joined the Air Force as a Second Lieutenant. While in the Air Force, he earned his pilot’s wings in 1955 and was stationed in Bangor, Maine. Eventually, he returned to Mechanicsville where he finished his Air Force career as a fighter pilot with the Virginia Air National Guard, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel after 24 years of service. After leaving active duty, he worked for the Department of Agriculture as a dairy inspector, retiring as a supervisor after 31 years. Following his “retirement,” he worked as a field rep for the Maryland and Virginia Milk Cooperative for seven years. One of his favorite activities was promoting the dairy industry at the state fair. He loved his community, volunteering for many years. He was assistant chief in the Volunteer Fire Dept., coached his sons in Little League, served as president of the Recreation Association, as an auxiliary officer for the Hanover Sheriff’s Dept. and as a member of the Hanover Ruritan Club. He was a member of Fairmount Christian Church, serving as a deacon for several years. Visitation was held Monday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Tuesday at Fairmount Christian Church. Interment at Upper King and Queen Baptist Church, Helmet, Va. In lieu of flowers, you may make contributions to the Fairmount Christian Church, Onward Program, P.O. Box 788, Mechanicsville, VA 23111.
James Monty Jr. “Tim” Sirles, 50, of Mechanicsville, was called home to be with our Lord July 30, 2014. Our beloved Tim was a devoted son, father and friend. He was a 1982 Lee-Davis graduate and then attended VCU. He was an avid golfer and true Redskins fan. Tim was preceded in death by his father, James M. Sirles Sr. He is survived by his loving mother, Peggy Sirles of Ashland; and his two devoted children, Hannah Shae and Cole Matthew; and their mother, Kari Sirles of Mechanicsville. He also leaves behind his love, Natalie Tanner. The family received friends Friday, Aug. 1, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Saturday, Aug. 2. Interment Washington Memorial Park. Tim is forever in our hearts. We are so grateful and happy to have had Timmy in our lives. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060.
David A. Wahls, 27, passed over to the other side July 28, 2014. Drew left behind many wonderful memories of his smile and fun-loving personality. He is survived by his wife, Valarie Wahls; his son Logan Wahls; and the girls, Morgan, Madisyn and Avery Torrenti; his father and mother, David E. and Robin Wahls; one sister, Hillary Wahls; grandparents, Charlotte Rebecca Mallory of Ashland and Viola and James Murphy of Massena, N.Y. and many wonderful aunts, uncles and extended family and friends. Drew served with the United States Army and was a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. Drew had a passion for motorsports and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He will be remembered and missed by all who were blessed with knowing him. The best parts of Drew will live on in his son Logan. The family will hold a remembrance of his life at the Ashland Berry Farm Saturday, Aug. 23 from 2 to 7 p.m.