December 11, 2014

Mona Camille LaFon – Indianapolis
Mona Camille LaFon, 83, formerly of Orleans, passed away Tuesday, December 9, 2014.
Born May 13, 1931, in Orange County she was the daughter of Elwood Jennings and Hildred May (Cosby) Chastain. She grew up in Orleans with her four sisters and a large extended family. Mona was eventually adopted by her uncle and aunt, Lee O. and Helen (Chastain) Sanders. As an adult, Mona lived in Indianapolis where she met and married Keith A. LaFon on December 17, 1966. They made their home in Indianapolis and raised two children, Stephen K. and Amy C. LaFon. During her life, Mona worked as a licensed beautician and a secretary for many years. She was active in the Orleans High School alumni group, Order of Eastern Star and very active in the lives of her children and grandchildren.
Mona was preceded in death by her husband, Keith A. LaFon, sisters, Jane Chastain (Fred) Huffman, Rachel Ann Chastain (Jake) Henderson, and nephew, Dave W. Huffman.
She is survived by her children, Stephen K. (Nancy) LaFon and Amy C. LaFon; grandchildren, Allyson Nicole, Monica Camille, and Natalie Rose LaFon; sisters, Rowena Chastain (Max) Hall and Helen Chastain (John) Hardman. She also leaves behind nephews, Johnny E. Henderson, Ron E. Henderson, Jeffery Hall, Patrick D. Hall; nieces, Sally A. (Huffman) Schepers, Heather S. (Hardman) Johnson, Holly N. (Hardman) Johnston, Hilari B. (Hardman) Yentz; great nephews, Benjamin Schepers, Daniel Schepers, Ryne Huffman, Reid Johnson, Rhett Johnson, Dane Johnston, Adler Yentz; great nieces, Sara Johnson, Summer Hall Huddelson, Rachel Johnson, Delaney Johnston, Isabella Yentz; and great great niece, Emma Jane Johnson.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, December 13, at Leppert Mortuary & Crematory Services, Nora Chapel, in Indianapolis. Friends may call from Noon until 2:30 p.m. at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center on Sunday. A family graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 14, at Fairview Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Mona would ask that donations be sent to Indiana Organ Procurement Organization, 3760 Gunion Road, Indianapolis, IN 46222 or at or to Orleans United Methodist Church, 171 South Second Street, Orleans, IN 47452.
Mona lived well, loved much, and will be greatly missed by many.
Condolences may be sent to the family at
Mary F. Colgan – Bedford
Mary F. Colgan, 89, of Bedford, died at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital.
Born June 23, 1925 in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Dora and Clona (Ray) Robbins. She married Willard Colgan on December 25, 1943 and he preceded her in death on October 13, 1990. She was a homemaker and a mother. She attended Fairview Community Church and was a volunteer for the American Red Cross.
Survivors include; two daughters, Barbara Reynolds and husband Larry of Bedford and Betty Mooneyham and husband Luke of Bedford, one son, Lanny Colgan and wife Mary of Spencer, eight grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and eight great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Willard, two sisters, Peggy Scherschel and Betty Robbins, two brothers, Norval and Charlie Robbins and one grandchild, Deborah.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, December 15, 2014 in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Rev. Lindy Hopkins and Rev. David Colgan officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at the mortuary.
Family and friends are invited to sign the guestbook and light a candle in memory of Mary at
Rita Jane Fortner – Bloomington
Rita Jane Fortner, 76, of Bloomington, passed away peacefully at her home on December 8, 2014.
Born in Jackson County on May 29, 1938, she was the daughter of Lloyd and Martha (Rosenbaum) Gossman.
Rita graduated from Bedford High School and retired from Indiana University as Associate Director of Administrative Services through Public and Environmental Affairs. She attended the Bridge Church of Christ in Unionville, Rita married her soul mate, Ronald H. Fortner on February 15, 1963 in Bloomington and he preceded her in death October 3, 2008.
Survivors include one daughter Treva Fortner, of Colorado; one son Terry Fortner and wife Nicole, of Hartford City, in addition to her children, she has several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and a host of
Fortner’s who will miss her dearly. Rita was cared for the last four years by a devoted caregiver, Celeste LaPointe.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Shirley Hutton and brother-in-law Ron Hutton, and her husband Ronald Fortner.
Graveside services will be Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 1 p.m. Cresthaven Memory Gardens in Bedford with Russell Minett officiating.
Rita graced her many friends and family with kindness and love. In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Bridge Church of Christ, 6996 North Tunnel Road, Unionville, In 47468
Cresthaven Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements
Maxine L. Burgess – Mitchell
Maxine L. Burgess, 92, of Mitchell, passed away at 8:40 a.m. Wednesday, December 10, 2014, at Mitchell Manor Living and Rehabilitation Center.
Born August 25, 1922, in Orange County, she was the daughter of John and Sarah (Wolfe) Denen. She married Solon M. Burgess November 22, 1940, and he preceded her in death January 10, 1992. Maxine had been employed at Zeke’s, Jack’s Lounge, Spring Mill Inn, and CJ’s Bakery.
She is survived by her daughter, Brenda Reynolds, Mitchell; 6 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren
Her parents; husband; daughters, Barbara Burgess and Beverly Kirk; son, David Denen; half brother, William Strange; brothers, Burl Denen, Paul Denen, and Vernon Denen; and sisters, Gladys Sorrells, Marguerite Smithers, and Mildred Tyler, preceded her in death.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 13, in the Memorial Chapel of
Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to the family at