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Friday, June 14, 2013 12:04 AM

Jan. 6, 1929-June 12, 2013


Mary J. German, 84, of Delphos, passed away on Wednesday afternoon at the Kindred Hospital in Lima, Ohio surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on Jan. 6, 1929, in Delphos to Otto and Rose (Stauterman) Heitz, who preceded her in death.

On Sept. 8, 1951, she married Virgil German, who survives in Delphos.

Other survivors include two daughters, Ann (Jim) Benfield and Sue Smith of Delphos; a son, Thomas (Ginny) German of Elida; six grandchildren, Ken (Kristine) Keirns of Tampa, Fla., Chad A. (Kendra) German of Graytown, Chris (Kristina) Smith of Venedocia and Julie (Jim Wagner) Smith, Jane (Andy Lisk) Keirns and Jeff Smith of Delphos; four stepgrandchildren, Cynthia (Jay) Newcomb of Riverview, Mich., Renee (Rory) Tarp of Waterford, Mich., Robert (Christie) Kemper of Kettering and Michelle (Greg) Stiffey of Elida; eight great-grandchildren and three stepgreat-grandchildren; two sisters, Joan (George) Ross of Cincinnati and Elizabeth Grace of Coldwater, Mich.; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Heitz of Wapakoneta; a brother-in-law, Donald Dobner of Delphos; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by a sister, Catherine Heitz; four brothers, Robert, Frank, Father Louis and Ralph Heitz; a sister-in-law, Betty Dobner; a brother- in-law, Oris Grace; a step-great-grandchild, Brent Benfield; and nephew, Neal Dobner.

Mary was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She graduated from St. John’s High School and attended Bowling Green State University. She worked at Gregg’s Department Store in Lima and was a clubhouse manager at Sandy Point Lake in Gomer. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughters of America. She volunteered for many years at the St. John’s “Mom’s Room” and the Parish Festival. She was an excellent cook, avid gardener and seamstress. She enjoyed her time with her grandkids and great-grandkids.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. on Monday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Sunday at Strayer Funeral Home, where a C.D. of A. service will be held at 7 p.m. and a Parish Wake Service at 7:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. John’s School.

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