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MARY H. MELCHING, 104, of Decatur, died on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, 2:02 a.m., at Woodcrest Nursing Center. She was a daughter of the late James F. Halberstadt Sr. and Flava (Ploughe) Halberstadt. She married Dorus D. Werling in 1927; he passed away in 1931. She then married Edward T. Melching in 1936; he passed away in 1985. Surviving are her daughter, D. Ann (Harvey) Jones of Decatur; son, Don A. (Marlene) Melching of Decatur; eight grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren, 12 great great-grandchildren, and three step-great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by a son, Melvin (Peck) Werling; and a grandson, Dan Werling. Service is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, in the Woodcrest-Porter Auditorium. Visitation is from 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at the Woodcrest-Porter Auditorium. For complete obituary information and to sign the on-line guestbook, visit
Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Nov. 13, 2012