Judith Bennett

Judith E. Bennett, 69, of Madison, Indiana, died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital. Arrangements will be announced by the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison.

Dorothy Bersch

Dorothy Emma “Bidgie” Bersch, 94, of Madison, Indiana, died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

She was born Aug. 21, 1925, to George Washington and Sarah “Sadie” Smith Lister Bersch and lived her entire life in Madison except for time away at school. She was baptized at the old St. John’s Lutheran Church in downtown Madison, received her elementary and secondary education from Oldenburg Academy of the Immaculate Conception, and later graduated with a B.A. from Marian University and a B.S. from Indiana University.

She then began her career as first grade teacher, retiring after 30 years of teaching children of downtown Madison at the old Eggleston Elementary and later Lydia Middleton Elementary schools. During her retirement she was able to keep up with her many friends and former colleagues by joining the Indiana Retired Teachers Association and was an active member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church, serving on the bereavement luncheon committee for many years, and is fondly remembered for the many rosaries she made. She was equally devoted to her family and cherished the time she had caring for her many nieces and nephews. She could usually be seen working in her yard on Main Street, tending to her flower garden or walking one of her many cocker spaniels through the neighborhood.

Survivors include her nieces, Dorothy “Dottie” Wolfschlag Craft of Madison and Jaclyn Greier of Richmond, Kentucky; her great-nephews, David Craft of Madison, Steven Craft of Owasso, Oklahoma, Bruce Wolfschlag of Jeffersonville, Indiana, Chris Wolfschlag of Madison and Nick Geier, and a great-great nephew, a great-great niece and her beloved schnauzer, Molly.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Elizabeth “Bess” Bersch Wolfschlag, and a brother, Maj. Jacob Henry Bersch.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. The Rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday at Saint Patrick Catholic Chapel on Madison’s hilltop, followed by interment in the Springdale Cemetery in downtown Madison.

Memorial contributions may be made to Children’s Section of the Madison-Jefferson County Public Library or the Thomas Dixon Craft Memorial Scholarship. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com

Norma Blackford

Norma Jean Cowden Blackford, 89, of Madison, Indiana, died Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, at her residence.

She was born Jan. 13, 1930, in Jasonville, Indiana, to Harold and Emma R. Puschell Cowden. She grew up in Jasonville and was a 1948 graduate of Jasonville High School. She attended Terre Haute Beauty School. She married Ralph Richards in 1948 and was blessed with a daughter, Becky, and a son, Mark. She married Wallace Parker in 1962 and was blessed with a daughter, Candace. She married Raymond R. Blackford in 1974 and was blessed with a stepdaughter, Sherri, and a stepson, Larry. She moved to Madison in 2003. She worked for Blackford Construction as bookkeeper and for the Blackford Camp Ground for 30 years. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Crawfordsville and attended North United Methodist Church in Madison. She was a member of Hanover Order of Eastern Star No. 525 and was a volunteer at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital. She enjoyed knitting, working with stained glass and loved spending time with her family.

She is survived by two daughters, Becky Staton of Charleston, Illinois, and Candace Sigmon of Vevay, Indiana; one son, Mark Richards of Franklin, Indiana; one stepdaughter, Sherri Blackford of Rushville, Indiana; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, and several cousins and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Raymond R. Blackford, who died in 2001, and her stepson, Larry Blackford.

Funeral services will be Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, at 6 p.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. A graveside ceremony will follow Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at 1 p.m. in the Oak Hill North Cemetery in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Visitation will be Monday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the King’s Daughters’ Oncology or North United Methodist Church. Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres of Madison and Hanover. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com

Carol Chasteen

Carol H. “Dolly” Chasteen, 76, of Madison, Indiana, died Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

She was born Dec. 12, 1942, in Gary, Indiana, to Leslie and Beatrice Moseley Humphreys. She had lived in Apopka, Florida, from 1985 until 2012 when she moved to Madison to be closer to her daughter. She retired from AT&T Inc. as a senior systems consultant.

She was a master gardener, loved animals, and was very generous with several charities. In Madison, she was a member of the Psi Iota Xi Sorority, Zeta Xi Chapter and the Order of the Eastern Star. She had a love for traveling the world and was especially fond of her trips to Iceland and New Zealand.

Survivors include her daughter, Beatriss Collins of Madison; four grandchildren, Christina Goodwin, James Goodwin, Brian Collins and Scott Collins; and one great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepfather Lynnwood Hicks, and her daughter, Sandra Chasteen.

The Psi Iota Xi Sorority, Zeta Xi Chapter conducted services Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, at the Lytle Welty Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Vail Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family requested memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Contributions may be made at the Lytle Welty Funeral Homes or at lytlewelty.com

Mildred Jackson

Mildred R. Demaree Jackson, 98, of Madison, Indiana, died Sunday, Nov.3, 2019, at her residence. Arrangements will be announced by the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison.

Lucy Crawford

Lucy Sue Crawford of Carrollton, Kentucky, died prematurely at just 18 weeks Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, Indiana.

She was the daughter of Steven and Brittney Robbins Crawford of Carrollton and is also survived by her two older brothers, Traven Brightwell and Steven James Crawford III, both of Carrollton; her maternal grandparents, Lee and Cheston Robbins of Carrollton; her paternal grandparents, Reginia Satchwell of Carrollton and Steven Crawford Sr. of New Castle, Kentucky, and her maternal great-great grandmother, Karen Robbins of Carrollton.

She was preceded in death by her maternal great–great grandparents, Harold Robbins, Verna Ellis Moore and Elwood Moore.

Private graveside services for the family will be at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Carrollton.

Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home in Carrollton is in charge of arrangements. Condolences, www.tandyecklerrileyfuneralhome.com

Marian Thorpe

Marian A. Thorpe, 82, of Greensburg, Indiana, died Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 in Williamsburg, Virginia.

She was born on July 29, 1937, in Greensburg to Walter and Alice Boyce. She married John B. Thorpe on Feb. 28, 1954. in Indiana and was a lifelong resident of Adams. She enjoyed reading and doing puzzles.

Survivors include her daughters, Judy Diane Wyant of Yorktown, Virginia, and Brenda Kay Thorpe of San Diego, California; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and sons John A. Thorpe and Robert W. Thorpe.

She chose cremation. There will be no visitation nor funeral. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.bassgasper.com

Dr. Howard Robbins

Dr. Howard L. Robbins, 74, formerly of Madison, Indiana, and now of Clintonville, West Virginia, died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, at Lewisburg-Greenbrier Medical Center in Lewisburg, West Virginia. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison.