STONE, Josephine Varnier, 23, of Richmond, passed away October 28, 2011. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Josephine B. Taborelli; paternal grandparents, Roy and Clara Varnier; and father, Raymond I. Varnier. She is survived by her husband, John Stone; mother, Jan Taborelli Varnier; sister and brother, Theresa and Benjamin Varnier; maternal grandparents, Oliver J. and Joan Taborelli; favorite uncle, David Taborelli; and her beloved cat, Nola. A memorial service will be held 2:30 p.m. Monday (today) at Bon Air Baptist Church.

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I got the privilege of working with Josie for a short time at Books-A-Million before she passed. She was always there to greet me with a smile. She had this unique ability to make everyone want to know her better and be her friend. Part of her charm was her petite, lovely appearance which contrasted so well with her fascination with anything horror. I was heartbroken to discover her death, as she and I had planned to spend time together the following weekend. My prayers go to her family, friends, and husband John. I take comfort in the fact knowing she died loved, happy, and successful. She is watching over us with a smile, waiting for us to join her.
Jane Steele
January 30, 2012
I just learned of this sad, she interviewed me in my home/studio for her magazine in august of 2011. She had such a sweet disposition, so humble. I am so sorry to hear this terrible news. Such a talented young woman. May she rest in peace. I wish the family peace and send my condolences. So tragic. I am quite upset to hear this. RIP Dear Josephine, and may your dreams live on through your magazine. It will be your legacy. R.I.P.
January 23, 2012
Dear John, I wanted to express my sympathy to you and your family for the tragic and sudden loss of Josie. I did not personally know her, but reading comments from her family and friends, I know this to be a tremendous loss for all of you. I and a team of emergency responders worked aggressively and compassionately to provide aid to Josie that night. I am profoundly sorry more could not be done. Your friends at FVRS will be their to support you as you move forward in your life. You will remain in my thoughts and prayers.
Kelly Quinn- FVRS & RAA
November 4, 2011
My deepest sympathy to Josie's family and friends. Such an accomplished young woman who was obviously loved very much.

From a fellow SPJ member and Richmond native...
Joan Alford
November 3, 2011
Jan, my heart just broke when I heard about Josie! I have so many fond memories of spending time with you, Josie, and Theresa back in Cumberland. Please know my prayers are with you and the family.
Ellen Milligan
November 1, 2011
John and family of Josie,
I was honored to meet Josie at the SPJ confrence in Indiana. I was selected as well and was able to work side of Josie for the weekend. She was an amazing talent to the team and an amazing girl. Her personality lit up the room. I will always remember her and pray for you in this time of need.
Cristina Boccio
November 1, 2011
John I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and the family. Just remember even in the darkest times God is there with you and will see you through. "No, I will not abandon you or leave you as orphans in the storm-I will come to you" John 14:18. If there is anything you need or I can help you with let me know.
Dustin Wilder
November 1, 2011
Josie's determination and strength is a symbol. Her persistence through school and working was unparalleled. I pray she realizes just how admirable her spirit is and that she has a special place in our lives.
Peter Wellford
November 1, 2011
John, words cannot express the sorrow we feel for you and your family and Josie's family at this time. We never had the pleasure of meeting your precious wife, but Bear told us how she was a very nice girl and you loved her very much. Please know that you are in our thoughts and that we love you!
Sally & Doug Chavez
November 1, 2011
"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." John 14 : 1-2

To my Co-Worker & friend. John their are know words right now that will bring you immediate comfort. Knowing that Jesus is Lord will be your greatest comfort. You are in my thoughts & prayers as well as your family.
Nat Fleming
October 31, 2011
Jan, Theresa, John and Family, i may have lost touch with Josie through the years but i will never forget her for as long as i live. She was one of the most true and hard working people ive met. Cumberland is a small place and even smaller when you all go to the same school with each other since kindergarten many of my fondest childhood memories include Josie due to this. She is a beautiful soul who will never be forgotten and will always be remembered. RIP Josie
Very Respectfully,

Sara Moore Wyatt
Sara Wyatt
October 31, 2011
Our heart goes out to her husband John Stone. You are forever in our prayers.

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Alice Johnson
October 31, 2011
Josie will always hold a special place in our hearts. Our prayers are with you all.
Dan & Linda Grounard
October 31, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Varnier and Stone families during this difficult time.
Jimmy and Pam Labriola
October 31, 2011
Jan, you and your family have been in my prayers since I heard the news about Josie. I am so sorry for your loss. Josie was such a sweet young lady. You taught her well. I will never forget the summer she went to Nags Head with Lauren and Tyler brought Ben with him. All the kids were so good with Amber - she was only a toddler at the time, but they spent time with her. Cherish your memories of her and all smiles she brought to your life and to others.
October 31, 2011
The VCU English department expresses its deepest condolences to Josie's husband, John, and her family. Not only was Josie a bright and dedicated student--she graduated cum laude with a double major--but she was also a great department citizen, sweet and funny. She will be missed.

VCU English department faculty, staff and students
October 31, 2011
Although I didn't know Josie very well, she sat next to me in Spanish class our last semester at VCU and made me smile at every class meeting. Anyone that heard her speaking Spanish will feel the same way- so funny. Josie was bright and hardworking. We both looked forward to putting our waitressing careers behind us after graduation. My thoughts are with her husband and family, and I am truly sorry for your loss.
Nicole Storm
October 31, 2011
I am heart broken for Jan,Teresa,her brother,husband John and all relatives and friends of Josie. Remembering special occasions my son cody and Josie shared. I am praying for all to remember all the good times. When I think of Josie, she will always be with me. sweet memories of her! Love, Rita, Ralph and Cody Beverly, Cumberland Va.
October 31, 2011
Josie was a beautiful person, inside and out. I knew her as a student, child of a dear friend, scouts, sports and as an inspiring artist. I worked with Josie in Art in the elementary level...she was also one of my "helpers" through safety patrol in the mornings in the Art room. Very hard working, great sense of adventure and humor....Jan, Teresa and husband of thoughts and prayers go with you today and for as long as they are needed. Much love to you....God will hold your hand through it all....
June Trent-Ashmore
October 31, 2011
John, I was so saddened to hear of your tragic loss. It is obvious that Josie was a beautiful person, inside and out. You have been in my thoughts and prayers and will remain there as I ask God to give you strength and courage for the coming days.
Lacy Dykes
October 31, 2011
It seems like yesterday that I was at the lunch table in high school with Josie or in Art class with her. Time goes so fast. She was a sweet and mild person who will be greatly missed! My prayers go out to her sister, mother, husband and rest of her family and close friends. She will never be forgotten!
Kirbie Lipscomb
October 31, 2011
My heart goes out to the family. I know Josephine will greatly be missed by those who loved her. The pain is great right now, but with the blessing of God, it will get easier. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Martha Williams
October 31, 2011
Jan, John, Theresa and Uncle Dave, my family is heartbroken at the loss of Josie. We were so fortunate to have had her in our lives and to be able to watch that little girl grow into such a wonderful young lady. I hope you can find comfort in the memories of her life, knowing that she was and is still loved by so many and that she really achieved so much and lived life to the fullest in her 23 years. Our love and sympathy to you all. Paul, Sue, Allison and Becky Newman
October 31, 2011
Please accept our deepest condolences. Trimmers of VB/AZ.
October 31, 2011
What a shock to hear tht Josie is gone. She graduated a yr behind me, a yr before my brother.. So she was always a part of our lives even if it was a simple hello or smile. My sympathy goes out to her family. RIP Josie.
April Wise
October 31, 2011
Josie.... I still, I can't believe you're gone.. I still haven't accepted this!! I remember we used to all walk down your dirt road and play with choco! I love u Josie! And you will forever be missed!!
Erika M
October 31, 2011
Our prayes are with you John. I am so sorry. I know Josie would have chosen 2:30 for the time of the memorial. We love you, Amelia and Matt
October 31, 2011
I worked with Josie at the Cumberland Restaurant. She was always doing something that would always make you laugh. I will miss her very much.
Deborah Smiley
October 31, 2011
I did not know Josephine personally, but recognized her instantly when I saw her picture. She worked at the Cumberland Restaurant. Everyone knows everyone in Cumberland, and I know she will be missed horribly by her friends and family. My prayers are with you all.
Robin Benitez
October 31, 2011
I met Josie many years ago. She was so shy but very sweet and always had a welcoming smile. Rip Josie
Amy Morrison
October 31, 2011
my very good, dear friend. Josie. very witty girl. impressively knowledgable, but humble about it. shy yet outgoing. daring but timid. a complicated person. a true intellectual. COMPLETE NERD (and dork, and geek!!). humourous. funny. clever. sad, joyful and full of energy and spontaneity. kind...AND devilish. always being fun. adorable as hell. SO cute. fellow lefty. but most of all, a great kid. my thoughts go out to her husband, John-another person with many of these descriptions, a great guy! i am also thinking of her other friends and family. she'll be missed...very much so. and she coined the word "Bort," (used to describe me), which means "SHORT and BORING person!" hey, she was one too!! hahahaha! so glad i got to know her through the past years. it hurts to think she is gone, but you know, if she were still here, she would be lightening the mood. Love you, Josie-girl.
herschel stratego
October 31, 2011
We'll miss you Josey, camp will never be the same again
October 30, 2011
Josie was one of the sweetest people you could ever meet and I'm lucky to have met her. Her 'hellos'or'heys' brought on instantaneous smiles. I hope everyone close to Josie makes it through this this tragedy stronger in honor of Josie.
October 30, 2011
John, Jan, Theresa, & Ben, we are soo sorry to hear of this tragedy! Our hearts ache over the loss of Josie! She is such a special person, God has decided he wanted her in heaven! We will miss her contagious smile, and her wonderful personality terribly. May God Bless You and take you in his care to help you get thru all the pain you are suffering. Our prayers are with you!
Boots, Louanne, & "B" Varnier
October 30, 2011
I met Josie through her sister Theresa a friend of my son James, the best memory I have was 2 yrs ago at her mother's house for Christmas it was wonderful like and old fashion Christmas and then Josie her husband John, Theresa and James went outside it was snowing and they made a snowman and they all just had so much fun in the snow. It was a wonderful time. My deepest sympathy to Jan, Theresa and John.
Helen; McCarthy
October 30, 2011
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
John and family you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Carlie & Joy Eatmon FVVRS
October 30, 2011
As is often the case, heaven gains a wonderful angel while those of us still here are left sorrowful and mourning. We will miss Josie and remember her fondly while wishing she was with us a little while longer.
George Templeton
October 30, 2011
For the short time I knew Josie when we interned together at The Working Press, I knew her as such a lively and wonderful person. We had a blast and I'll never ever forget her. My deepest sympathies to her family and husband. It's so hard to lose someone so wonderful.
Joan K
October 30, 2011
All my memories of Josie are fond ones. She was always honest and sincere....what a loss for this world. My deepest sympathy for her husband, Jan, Theresa, and family - Jennifer Parkes, former teacher (Baltimore, MD)
October 30, 2011
I was honored to have Josie in one of my journalism classes at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2009. With her admirable work ethic and sparkling personality, she was an inspiration to other young journalists. We stayed in touch over the years as she completed her degree and began to launch her career. At VCU, our hearts go out to Josie's family. We're so sorry for your loss.
Jeff South
October 30, 2011
one of the best free spirits I've ever met. The world is needs more like you!!!
October 30, 2011
I will miss that shy smile...Josie was such a sweet person. Had the pleasure of being her teacher. My heart goes out to her family. May God comfort you.
Tamara Gilliam
October 30, 2011
We are so sorry, John. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
David and Dianne Weatherford
October 30, 2011
dear sweet heart is were such a sweetheart, so full of life...we are all in shock over this tragedy...I am so sorry for your mama and your husband...we will all miss you so always
Carmen Crater
October 30, 2011
Jan, words cannot express my deepest sympathy! I'm so sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with you all!
Nancy Moore-Cumberland
October 30, 2011
Words cannot express our sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers to both the Varnier and Stone families.--Erika Wright & family
October 30, 2011
I will miss your beautiful happy go lucky spirit.
Delroy Marston
October 30, 2011
Oh, Jan! I am so sorry for you and the rest of your family. What a terrible shock! Our love and sympathy go out to all of you.

John and Mary Sigman, Cumberland, VA
October 30, 2011
My sincerest sympathies to the families and friends. I know you were well loved and will be missed. The thoughts and prayers from the City of Winchester Fire and EMS service go to you and your family.
Jared Priddy
October 30, 2011
Josie you will be missed by many. God has a wonderful angel now. John and Stone family you are in my thoughts and prayers... Your Forest View Rescue Squad family is thinking about you and praying for you in this very difficult time.
Nicole- FVRS
October 30, 2011
October 30, 2011
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Veronica Shaw
October 30, 2011
You will be missed in Cumberland County. R.I.P. Josie!!
connie robinson
October 30, 2011
I was saddened and shock at the news about Josephine. I taught Josephine in the 5th grade where she was always exceptional academically and got along with everyone. I have seen her several times over the years and she was always happy and enjoying life. My heart dropped as I read the Sunday paper. My prayers go out to the Varnier Family. God Bless them during this trying time.
Jeff Scales
October 30, 2011
I am in shock and so sorry to hear of this tragic loss. Josie was a wonderful person and a bright light in the lives of those she met. I, and I know many, many others, will sorely miss her.
Nicholas Simopoulos
October 30, 2011
She well always be in are hearts as she had a way of making you remember her. The great smile, the way she would speak to you. She was so happy it would make you happy. We thank God we got to meet & know her. But she well never be forgotten by us. We have the whole family in our Prayers always.
Larry -Mericia Boyles
October 30, 2011
I am so sorry to hear of your loss John. Please know that your FVVR family is here to help you in any way we can. May your loving memories help you in the days ahead.
Janet Meeks
October 30, 2011
Josie was a great student and I enjoyed working with her as her VCU professor several years ago. She always showed enthusiasm and, whenever I spoke with her, was extremely excited about her future. When I teach other students about multimedia, I still use a slideshow that Josie and two of her classmates created during the 2008 presidential elections. I am heartbroken about her passing, and extend my sincerest sympathies to Josie's husband and family. God bless.
Bonnie Newman Davis
Bonnie Davis
October 30, 2011
My thoughts are with the family of Josephine today. Although I only met her once, I know her husband John very well and consider him a great friend. Words cannot express how shocking this is, and how tragic. I'm so sorry for your loss.
David Center
October 30, 2011
Sweet Josephine you will be greatly missed by all who knew you! Love the Orendorff family
Jennifer Orendorff
October 30, 2011