Father: Karl Liebscher, a publisher; mother: Brigitte Reinhardt
Brother: Paul Liebscher
Husband: Hugo Bentz, who predeceased her by 4 years
Children: Horst Bentz, Willy Bentz, Herta Bentz
Grandchildren: Thomas and Stephen Bentz
Melitta, a coffee enthusiast, invented the coffee filter, using her son's school supplies. She received a Germany patent, June 1908. The company bearing her name has over 4000 employees bearing her name 110 years later, and annual revenue of abt. 1.5 billion Euros.
The company was an active part of the Nazi war effort in World War II. They also participated in an effort to assist survivors of Nazi forced labor programs post-war.