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Joyce L. Heckman, 84, Decatur, passed away at 11:25 p.m. Monday, May 19, 2014, at Adams Memorial Hospital.
She was born Saturday, Oct. 12, 1929, in Wells County, the daughter of the late Herman H. and Esther E. (Graft) Werling.
She married Delmar Heckman June 5, 1949, at Zion Lutheran Church-Friedheim; he survives.
Joyce was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church-Friedheim, the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and the Altar Guild of the church. Joyce was a homemaker.
Surviving are a two sons, Dale A. (Leesa) Heckman of Decatur and Steven K. (Kathy) Heckman of Fort Wayne; a daughter, Janice Kay (William L.) Heath of Convoy, Ohio; six sisters, Phyllis A. (Robert) Jackson of Walkerton, Lois E. Boyts of New Paris, Bonnie L. (Albert) McDowell of Goshen, Carol J. (Larry) Curry of Ossian, Wanda L. (Tom) Eichhorn of Paonia, Colo. and Jean E. (Ron) Anderson of Bluffton; a brother, Doyle H. (Laura) Werling of Ossian; nine grandchildren, Bryan (Jeni) Heckman, Joanna (Patrick) Chadwell, Ryan (Jill) Heath, Eric (Karen) Heath, Renee (Chad) Klima, Amanda (Dustin) Carpenter, Julie (Keith) Bock, Kevin Heckman and Dawn (Chad) Agler; and 14 great-grandchildren, Justin Heckman, Megan Heckman, Kaiden Chadwell, Cole Heath, Sydney Heath, Alexis Heath, Jackson Heath, Allyson Heath, Brayden Heath, Zachary Heath, Mason Heath, Mikayla Klima, Brenna Carpenter and Taylor Bock.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Donald M. Werling, and a sister, Bernice M. Miller.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church-Friedheim, with Pastor Daniel Dahling officiating.
Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Friends will be received from 2-5 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, and one hour prior to the service at the church Friday.
Preferred memorials are to Zion Lutheran Church-Friedheim, Worship For Shut-Ins, or the donor’s choice.