Bernetta Welling, 74

Bernetta Seifert Welling, 74, departed this life to be present with Christ (II Corinthians 5:8) Monday, March 18, 2013, at 7:17 p.m. at the Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne where she was admitted Tuesday, March 12.She was born Nov. 2, 1938, near Wind Ridge, Pa. to Charles and Dorothy (Hartley) Seifert and raised by her grandparents, Wilford and Louella Hartley. Her formative years were spent in Greene County, Pa., graduating from West Greene High School, Rogersville, Pa.On Dec. 26, 1957, she married Wilbert C. “Wib” Welling at the Grace Brethren Church, Aleppo, Pa. They made their first home in Alliance, Ohio, returning to Pennsylvania for a short period of time, then moving to Warsaw in 1963. In 1972, they moved to Columbia City, purchasing their mini farm in Richland Township in 1986. Mr. Welling preceded her in death Jan. 17, 2010.She retired from Fox Products in April 2005, working in the bassoon rodding department for 15 years.She was a member of Columbia City United Methodist Church.She is survived by four children, Randy (Ann) Welling of Greenfield, Saundra (Brad) Fredrickson of Churubusco, Crystal Salesman of Columbia City and LeRoy (Hollie) Welling of Fort Wayne; seven grandchildren, April (Damon) Dix of Milton, Fla., James (Nicole) Welling, with the U.S. Navy in Groton, Conn., Charles (Sophia) Welling with the U.S. Army in Tuscon, Ariz., Cayla (Tyler) Walchle of Roanoke, Savannah Welling of Spencerville, Cathryn Fredrickson of Churubusco and Jennifer Salesman of Columbia City; six great-grandchildren and a half-sister, Shirley (Gilbert) Williams McCardle of Wheeling, W.Va.In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her stepfather, Arvel Lemasters.The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The burial will be in Union Township Cemetery. The visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.Preferred memorials are to Columbia City United Methodist Church or Hospice Home. Condolences may be sent to