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Nelsen Funeral Home & Crematory

4650 South Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA

OBITUARY

Conney Will Berger, Sr.

May 14, 1947November 27, 2019
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Conney Will Berger, Sr., 72, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, November 27, 2019. He was born May 14, 1947 in Edwhite, West Virginia and was raised by his devoted grandmother. He accepted Christ into his life at an early age and was a tenor soloist in his church and high school. He graduated from Central High School, Columbus, Ohio and shortly after, moved to Morristown, NJ. He married his soul mate and life partner, Melba Gean Berger on Dec. 31, 1968 and had three beautiful children. Conney was a dedicated food service manager for 46 years with Morristown Memorial Hospital. After retirement, he continued to enjoy singing at Calvary Baptist Church in Morristown, NJ where he served as the kitchen manager. He also owned Conney’s Sandwich Shop in his hometown of Dover, NJ. He was preceded in death by his mother, Signora Gore (Berger); father, Doc Lester Bowden; mother-in-law, Lugenia Burgess (Solomon); brothers, Ronald Gore, Maurice Gore and Larry Gore; brothers-in-law, John Kearney, Ralph Burgess, Dennis Burgess and Lee Akins; and son, Conney W. Berger, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Melba Berger; son, Rodney Berger, Sr.; daughter, Crystal Berger; daughter-in-law, Aimee Berger; grandchildren, Jeanaah, Conney Will III, Sebastian, Rodney, Jr., Emma and Evanny; great-grandchild, Nicolas; brothers, Thorne Gore, Jimmy Gore, Clarence Gore, Craig Bowden, Ronald Bowden, Derrick Bowden, Darrel Bowden and Doc Lester Bowden, Jr.; sisters, Daphne, Sandra, Diane, Nydia, Signora and Beatrice; sisters-in-law, Yvonne Kearney and Brenda Akins; father-in-law, William R. Burgess; and a host of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Monday, Dec. 2, from 12p.m. to 2 p.m. at Nelsen Funeral Home, 4650 S. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, VA 23231 where a service will immediately follow at 2 p.m. Online condolences may be made at www.nelsenrichmond.com.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, December 2, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, December 2, 2019

Memories

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Briana Levison

December 2, 2019

Monica Lawrence Hall

December 2, 2019

Cheryl Gonzales

November 30, 2019

My favorite memory of Papa is him yelling at me for opening the door on Christmas Day while he was making bread. I can’t get in the door unless I open it. You will truly be missed Papa!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Conney & Melba's Wedding
December 31, 1968

FROM THE FAMILY

Walter & Conney Sr.
Easter 1968

FROM THE FAMILY

Conney & Melba's Wedding
December 31, 1968

FROM THE FAMILY

Conney Sr. at Conney Jr's Wedding
Talking to Nanny (Lugenia)

FROM THE FAMILY

Melba & Conney

FROM THE FAMILY

John Kearney & Conney at Conney Jr's Wedding
July 31, 1993

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Conney & Melba's Wedding
December 31, 1968

FROM THE FAMILY

Walter & Conney Sr.
Easter 1968

FROM THE FAMILY

Conney & Melba's Wedding
December 31, 1968

FROM THE FAMILY

Conney Sr. at Conney Jr's Wedding
Talking to Nanny (Lugenia)

FROM THE FAMILY

Melba & Conney

FROM THE FAMILY

John Kearney & Conney at Conney Jr's Wedding
July 31, 1993

FROM THE FAMILY

Conney & Melba

FROM THE FAMILY

Conney & Melba
Easter 1968

FROM THE FAMILY