VAN WERT, Ohio — Catherine L. German, 87, of Van Wert, passed away at 11:58 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, at Van Wert Manor. She was born on March 22, 1930, in Decatur, Indiana, to Adam and Hazel (Cook) Johnson, both of whom are deceased. Catherine married the love of her life, Joseph R. German Sr., on March 19, 1954, and he passed away on Dec. 31, 1992.

She is survived by her sons, Rex Thatcher of Decatur, Indiana, Joseph R. German Jr. of Convoy, Greg German of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Dave (Kendra) German of Van Wert; a daughter, Cindy German of Van Wert; grandchildren, Shane H. (Damon) Eddins, Rose H. German, Melissa German, Fara (Chad) Lare, Brandon German, Trevor German, Chris (Dawn) German, Misty (Lance) Ryan, Tyler German, Amber (Kevin Hall) German, Samantha (James) Yates, Trisha (Cola) Orsbon; 23 great-grandchildren; one brother, June (Jean) Johnson, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Rose German; granddaughter, Crystal German; a sister, Pat Sites, and a brother, Bill Johnson.

She loved spending time with family, playing bingo and listening to country music, especially Luke Bryan.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Brickner Funeral Home with the Rev. Ron Johnson officiating. Viewing will be from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Internment will be in Van Wert Woodland Cemetery.

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