Mary Linn & Chloe

You were a precious gift, our joy, our dreams
You were a sparkle through the darkness;
Our hope for a brighter tomorrow
You warmed our hearts, gave light to our minds and beauty to our spirits.
We gave you our love, wrapped you in our care, caressed you with our smiles.
Now you are gone.
We grieve.
We miss you so much.
The loving memories of you will keep you forever close to us—in our hearts, our thoughts, our souls.
~ author unknown (offered by Sara Marks)

mary linn and chloe
As some of you have heard and some of you must now hear, Nia Black Belt teacher Mary Linn Bergstrom’s 6-year-old daughter, Chloe was killed in a car accident on the night of December 22, 2014. This is an inconceivable loss for which I, frankly, have no words. I do, however, believe in the invisible net of love that surrounds us all and in times like these, we need to pull that net close around Mary Linn.

We have set up a meal brigade via the Take Them A Meal site. Please follow this link if you’d like to offer food.

We’ve only set it up for two weeks, but we undoubtedly add to that when we get a clearer idea of what they need and want.

If you’d like to make a donation to help Mary Linn with the upcoming expenses, please write a check to Anne Wolf with “Mary Linn & Chloe” in the memo. Anne will consolidate donations and get them to Mary Linn. You can hand Anne a check at acac or mail it to her at 5030 Rutherford Road, Charlottesville VA 22901

The funeral for Chloe will be Sunday, December 28, 2014 2 pm at Hill and Wood Funeral Home (across from Lee Park).

Please also send prayers for Krishan’s mother in law, Ilina Singh who was also in the car last night. She is in critical condition at UVA hospital.

Above all, please please know that your love and care in all forms make a difference. And in honor of Chloe and Mary Linn be an agent of love and peace in your own family and community.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me at with any questions.

May There Be Peace on Earth,

  1. Blue said:

    I’m so sorry to hear this sad news. I plan to work today (Christmas Eve) at UVA hospital and will see if I can play some peaceful/therapeutic music for Ms. Singh.

    • That would be such a gift, Blue. Thank you for reaching out. Love to you.

  2. Cindy said:

    MaryLinn is from my hometown. She grew up with my daughter. We are all feeling her sorrow. Chloe is sure to be dancing with the angels is heaven. Sending prayers to heal our hearts.

    • Thank you, Cindy. Thank goodness we have each other in times when our knees buckle. Chloe has been dancing with our community since before she was born. That has not changed.
      Love to you,

  3. molly said:

    Thank you for the updates. Ilina is Krishan’s mom, Mary Linn’s mother-in-law. I am beyond words sad about this. Everything everybody ever said to me about Chloe was lit and glowing. She was surrounded by love in her life. I can’t even fathom.

    • Truly. It is unfathomable. Prayers and love are beaming to the whole family.

  4. Ellen Trousdale said:

    News of this tragic accident reached Ilina’s town of Wendell MA this afternoon (Christmas Eve) Here is the latest post from our town listserv: “I will be at the gazebo at 7pm with candles, anyone who wants to join for prayer/good wishes/meditation, please do…”(from Eric) and also: “I join with all of us in sending Ilina & her family continuous healing light and love and warm embraces, filled with compassionate sympathy and care with open heart and love,(from Kevin)
    As word gets out, we send love and light for Ilina and family.

    • This season may always be tinged with the shocking and tragic feel of the Christmas of 2014. Thank you for sharing about the love coming from Massachusetts. Sending it back to all of you who are hurting there, too.

  5. Karen Copeland said:

    I am a Wendell person and one who appreciates Illina so much..I am I. Florida for the winter..and am sending love and prayers big time..So it ‘s coming from all directions..Karen Copeland

    • Thank you for this, Karen. Times like these remind us how connected we are and how much we need each other. Thank you again.

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