Joan D. Mechling, 88

Posted on September 9, 2013

Joan D. Mechling, 88, of Kendallville and a Bluffton native, died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at 12:50 a.m. in Lutheran Life Villages, Kendallville.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Mechling was a member of the First Church of Christ in Bluffton.
She was born Feb. 10, 1925, in Bluffton to Rollie Wells and Stella Mae (Foust) Deam. On March 14, 1942, in Bluffton, she married Hanson C. Mechling. He preceded her in death Feb. 2, 1983.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Becky and Frank Morris of Bluffton and Sue and Jeff Stinson of Kendallville; four sons and three daughters-in-law, Larry and Ruth Mechling of Bluffton, Tom and Carolyn Mechling of Bluffton, Barry and Shar Mechling of Bluffton, and Pete Mechling of Kendallville; 17 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren with twins on the way in December; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Martha and Dwight Siela of Fort Wayne and Barbara Gurule of Spring Hope, N.C.; and a brother and sister-in-law, Richard “Pete” and Sue Deam of Bluffton.
She was also preceded in death by four sisters, Mamie Schreiber, Margaret Schreiber, Mary Dafforn, and Midge Daniels; and two brothers, Robert Deam and Roger Deam.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 1 p.m. in Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 S. State St., Kendallville with Pastor Gary Rifenburg of Calvary Chapel Fellowship in Stroh officiating. Calling is Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 3 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville.
Preferred memorials are to Lutheran Life Villages of Kendallville.
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