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Obituaries For October 19, 2018
Updated October 19, 2018 8:36 AM
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William Samual Edmonson

William Samuel Edmonson, Sr., 72, passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at Stonecroft Health Campus in Bloomington.

Born April 12, 1946, in Mitchell, he was the son of Nellie Jane (Williams) Tolbert and Phillip Edmonson. He married Connie Sue Helton in 1965, and she preceded him in death in 1983.

William worked for the railroad. He was a U. S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. William was an Independent Motorcycle Rider and enjoyed riding.


Survivors include his children, Elizabeth Knight of Mitchell, William Samuel Edmonson, Jr. of Mitchell, and Jenelle Brooks of Indianapolis; longtime companion, Linda Kay Longest of Mitchell; siblings, Dorothy Sanders of Pennsylvania, Kenneth Tolbert of Pennsylvania, Duane Edmonson of Mitchell, and Jeff Edmonson of Mitchell; 13 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

His parents; daughter, Melissa Pemberton; son, James Ritchison; grandchildren, Timothy Pemberton, Sherman Knight, and Joseph Knight; great-grandchildren, Sammy Edmonson and Lachlan Cook, preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, October 19, at Haverly Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.

Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until the service Friday at the funeral chapel.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



Obituaries For October 17, 2018
Updated October 19, 2018 7:34 AM
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Wanda Gale (Ollis) Crane

Wanda Gale (Ollis) Crane, 89, of Bedford, passed away on Monday, October 15, 2018, at her residence.
Born September 25, 1929, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Herschel and Felma (Hackney) Ollis.
She married Haden Crane on August 6, 1948, and he survives.

She was a graduate of Tunnelton High School, Class of 1948.

Wanda was a homemaker and worked as a Title 1 Aid at Tunnelton and Lincoln Elementary Schools.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, Bedford. She enjoyed playing cards and bingo.

Surviving are her husband, Haden; children, Beth Anne and husband Tom Harrell, Sharon Crane, and Alan and wife Kim Crane; grandchildren, Josh and wife Caroline Harrell, Sara and husband Brice Templeton, and Aaron and wife Mandy Harrell; great-grandchildren, Aliza and Haden Templeton, Jay, Rosemary, and Rhett Harrell; and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, October 18, 2018, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, with Pastor Lee Brown officiating. Burial will be in White River Baptist Cemetery, Buddha.
Visitation will be 4-8 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, Bedford.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fergusonlee.com.

Pamela Judith Blair

Pamela Judith Blair, 68 years, formerly of Loogootee, died at the Daviess Memorial Hospital, Washington, IN, early Sunday morning, Oct. 14, 2018. She was born in Martin County on April 9, 1950, to David and Ruth (Lindley) Tinkle. She married James Blair on August 2, 1970, in Martin County. Mr. Blair died on June 4, 2009.

Pamela had been disabled for several years but had worked at Nasco Textiles in Washington and PerfectFit in Loogootee. She also had worked as a healthcare worker.

She is survived by four daughters: Karen and Dario Lee of Salem, Renee and Terry Street of Loogootee, Amy Kaeck of Otwell, and Angel and Allan Riggle of Washington. Eleven grandchildren: Zachary Acker, Kristen Acker, Wyatt Street, Brieanna Smith, Hanna Smith, Andrew Smith, Lane Keller, Logan Keller, Nicolas Keller, Matthew Riggle, and Mark Riggle and one great-granddaughter, Temperance Smith. She is also survived by four sisters: Brenda Tedrow of Loogootee, Linda Courtwright of Washington, Lana Bush of Linton, and Yvonne Stone of Shoals; and two brothers, Tennis Tinkle of Loogootee and Harold Tinkle of Dubois.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, a son-in-law, Cpl. Darrell Smith; three sisters, Carolyn Taylor, Clarabelle Wininger, and Janet Ragains. Also preceding was four brothers; Danny, Jack, Carl, and William.

Friends may call at the Queen-Lee Chapel from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM on Friday, with the funeral being at 2:00 PM Friday at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Goodwill Cemetery, Loogootee.

Osa Williams Staggs

August 8, 1937 - October 12, 2018
Bedford - Osa William Staggs, 81, of Bedford, died Friday, October 12, 2018, at his residence.

Born August 8, 1937, in Lawrence Co., he was the son of John Harrison and Iva Jean (Webb) Staggs. He married Carolyn Elizabeth May on December 7, 1957, and she survives. He was a diamond sawyer for Summitt & Evans Stone Mill. He served as a member of the National Guard Army Reserve.

Survivors include the love of his life, his wife, Carolyn, of Bedford; a son, Brian Staggs and wife, Debbie, of Williams; a daughter, Christine Staggs, of Bedford; a granddaughter, Chelsey Banks and her companion, Timothy Bartlett; a grandson, Seth Staggs and wife, Amanda; a brother in Christ, Millard Jones. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Kenneth Dale and Charles David Staggs.

Cremation was chosen. A celebration of life will be conducted at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 3rd at the East Oolitic Community Church with Millard Jones officiating. The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to Riley Hospital for Children. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Obituaries For October 16, 2018
Updated October 17, 2018 7:13 AM
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Bernard "Bernie" Dean Johnson

September 28, 1935 - October 13, 2018

Bedford - Bernard "Bernie" Dean Johnson, 83, of Bedford, passed away at his residence Saturday morning.
Born September 28, 1935, in Martin County, he was the son of Audrey Johnson and Mary (Hamilton) Johnson. He married Geraldine "Jerri" Allen on August 20, 1955, and she preceded him in death on April 9, 2017. He was a Supervisor for Ingalls Limestone and Evans Limestone. Bernie was a member of the Hillcrest Christian Church where he was a Sunday school President and served as an elder and deacon. He is a fifty-year member of the Bedford Masonic Lodge #14 and the Scottish Rite of Indianapolis, and a longtime associate member of the FOP. He loved I.U. basketball and softball and played for the Oolitic Aces in the 1960's. He enjoyed playing golf.

Survivors include two daughters, Lynn Mullis and husband Brian, and Lisa Mathews and husband Bill, both of Bedford; five grandchildren, Brad Burton of Washington, D.C., Jesse Burton, Adam Mullis and wife Christie, Scott Mathews and wife Ashley, and Jake Mathews, all of Bedford; two great-grandchildren, Jenna and Averie Mullis of Bedford; two brothers, Bill Johnson and wife Mary of Monroe County and Gerald Johnson of Fayetteville; one aunt, Viola Hill of Bedford; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded by his wife, Geradine "Jerri" Johnson; his parents; and one daughter, Kelly Ann Burton.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Tuesday, October 16th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Jamie Allen, Pastor Charlie Scott, and Pastor Mark Fugate officiating. Burial will follow in Dixon Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Monday, October 15th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. A Masonic service will be conducted at 7:00 pm on Monday. The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the Proctor Cemetery Fund, 785 North County Road 1050 West, Norman, IN 47264. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Obituaries For October 14, 2018
Updated October 14, 2018 4:07 PM
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William Joseph Eisele - Bedford

December 6, 1963 - October 14, 2018

William Joseph Eisele, 54, of Bedford passed away Sunday, October 14, 2018, at his residence.

Born December 6, 1963, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Wilbur Leland and Sarah Louise (Terrell) Eisele. He married Angel Mundy April 1, 2018.

Bill was an auto mechanic and enjoyed fishing and camping. He graduated from Bedford-North Lawrence High School.

Survivors include his wife, Angel Eisele of Bedford; daughters, Samantha Rochelle Eisele of Birdseye; Jamica (Shawn) King of Mitchell, Stephanie Mundy of Bedford; granddaughters, Grace Mundy and Emma King; siblings, Jim (Carolyn) Eisele of Bedford, Jack (Leanne) Eisele of Bedford, Frances (Danny) Leatherman of Bedford, Patricia Eisele of Bedford, Sue Eisele of Bedford

His parents, and brothers, Wilbur Leland Eisele, Jr., John Eisele, and Jerry Eisele, preceded him in death.

Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 16, at Lawrenceport Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



Obituaries For October 12, 2018
Updated October 12, 2018 3:34 PM
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Osa William Staggs - Bedford

August 8, 1937 - October 12, 2018

Osa William Staggs, 81, of Bedford, died Friday, October 12, 2018, at his residence.

Bo,rn August 8, 1937 in Lawrence Co., he was the son of John Harrison and Iva Jean (Webb) Staggs. He married Carolyn Elizabeth May on December 7, 1957 and she survives. He was a diamond sawyer for Summitt & Evans Stone Mill. He served as a member of the National Guard Army Reserve.

Survivors include the love of his life, his wife, Carolyn, of Bedford; a son, Brian Staggs and wife, Debbie, of Williams;
a daughter, Christine Staggs, of Bedford; a granddaughter, Chelsey Banks and her companion, Timothy Bartlett; a
grandson, Seth Staggs and wife, Amanda; a brother in Christ, Millard Jones.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Kenneth Dale and Charles David Staggs.

Cremation was chosen. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. The family asks that friends consider
memorial contributions be made to Riley Hospital for Children.

Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

Mary Lu Bergdoll Hanson - Bedford

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February 2, 1925 - October 10, 2018

Mary Lu Bergdoll Hanson, 93, of Bedford passed away peacefully and surrounded by family Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at StoneBridge Health Campus following a brief illness.

Born February 2, 1925, in Marengo Indiana, she was the daughter of John Emanuel and Orpha Thelma (Weser) Bergdoll. She married Albert Vernon Hanson July 17, 1948, in Terre Haute, Indiana. Albert proceeded her in death on May 6, 2010.

Shortly after Mary Lu's birth, her father John, a teacher in the Marengo school system, returned to their Jackson County family homestead of Inter Creek Farm located near the Jackson-Lawrence County line on Guthrie Creek. From a young age, Mary Lu helped on the farm collecting hundreds of eggs a day and assisting with farming operations. Together the Bergdoll family survived the depression, and those hard years instilled a work ethic Mary Lu continued through her life.

She attended the Medora Elementary School beginning at age 4. In 1942, she graduated from Medora High School as valedictorian of her class. She was a member of the Leesville Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School. She was a 4-H member for eight years and later an adult leader. She continued her education at Franklin College attending one semester before returning to her family home in Jackson County where she operated the Bergdoll Grocery in nearby Leesville, Indiana. After the war, she returned to Franklin College and graduated with honors in 1948. She was a member of the Beta Theta Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha National Women's Fraternity and served as Chapter President. Franklin remained an important part of Mary Lu's life through the years. She served several years on the Alumni Council and was a member of the Old Main Society.

After graduation, she began her married life with Al residing in Johnson County, Indiana. It was there she worked for Purdue University as a home demonstration agent. While she enjoyed her job, she returned to Lawrence County in 1952 to operate Hatfield Tractor Sales in partnership with her father John. She had a deep love of the land and abundant respect for the farmers entrusted with its care. Mary Lu becomes the sole owner-operator of the dealership in 1965 renaming it Lawrence County Ford Tractor. She retired in 1990.

Mary Lu cherished her community. Throughout the years she served on numerous committees and boards. To name a few, she was a charter board member and the first Vice President of the Bedford Medical Center Eugene B. Crowe Community Hospital. Her 43 years on the board held many responsibilities including President of the Board and Finance Committee Chair. She was awarded a Board of Emeritus status on the Board of Directors of IU Health Bedford Hospital. In 1977 she was the first woman president in the history of the Bedford Chamber of Commerce. She was a past member of the Bedford Medical Center Auxiliary, past director and member of the Bedford Business and Professional Women's Club, and served many years on the Shawnee Trace Private Industrial Council, later the Shawnee Trace Workforce Investment Board. She was a past member of the national and state home economics associations and judged at many county fairs and the Indiana State Fair. She is a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Leesville.

She is survived by one daughter, Carolyn Ann (Marvin) Huffman of Medora, Indiana; one son, Martin Kent (Linda) Hanson of Carmel, Indiana; three granddaughters, Allison (Robert) Kruse of Bedford, Indiana, Jessica Lu Reel of Greenville, South Carolina, Jill Lynn Hanson of New York, New York; three great-grandchildren, John Frederick Kruse of Bedford, Indiana and twins Palinia Leslea Reel and Veronica Lissette Reel of Greenville, South Carolina; one brother, James Richard Bergdoll of Leesville, Indiana; one niece, Mary Kay Bergdoll Fergason of Indianapolis, Indiana; and several great-nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, brother John Franklin Bergdoll, two nieces, and two nephews.

A service of Christian burial will begin at 11 a.m. Monday October 15 at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford with Rev. Paul Neuman officiating. Entombment will follow at Cresthaven Memory Gardens Mausoleum with a private family committal. Friends may call Sunday, October 14 from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. and until the time of service at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes.

In Lieu of flowers, friends and family may consider memorial contributions be made to the White River Humane Society, The Franklin Fund (providing scholarship assistance to students) of Franklin College, or Emmanuel Lutheran Church Leesville.

Maria Del Socorro Ducker - Mitchell

June 8, 1933 - October 10, 2018

Maria Del Socorro Ducker, 85, passed away Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at her residence.

Born June 8, 1933, in Durango, Mexico, she was the daughter of Fortino M. and Sofia B. Salas. Maria retired from Mitchell Manor with 37 years of service. She was an excellent baker and loved to sew and cook.

Survivors include her children, Charles A. Ducker of Huron, Rubin E. Ducker of Florida, Evon M. Ducker of Indianapolis, Daniel Ducker of Arizona; grandchildren, Danielle Marie Ducker, Charles Jared Ducker, Christine Nicole Ducker, Matthew Aaron Ducker, Katilyn Ducker; 5 great-grandchildren; siblings, Hector Salas of Durango, Mexico, Jose Oscar Salas of Durango, Mexico, Victor Salas of El Paso, Texas, Arturo Salas of Durango, Mexico, Actavia Salas of Durango, Mexico, Sofia Boling of Mitchell

Her parents and three brothers preceded her in death.

Cremation was chosen with no service.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



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