Werner J. Bruggeman, 88, of Erie Drive, Maria Stein, passed away of natural causes on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at Celina Manor, in Celina.
He was born on Dec. 13, 1925, in Coldwater, to the late Edward and Catherine (Buening) Bruggeman.
On April 18, 1951, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McCartyville, Werner married Dolores (Barhorst) Bruggeman, who survives.
Also surviving are 11 children, Gerald (Kathleen) Bruggeman of Celina; Carol (Philip) Borchers of Russia; Annette (Daniel) Heyne of Coldwater; Marcia Neff of Fort Recovery; Nancy (David) Unrast of Maria Stein; Anthony (Linda) Bruggeman of New Bremen; Mark Bruggeman of Dayton; Angela (Edward) Petty of Russia; Julia (Chad) Kaiser of Fort Recovery; Beverly Bruggeman of New Bremen and Janel (Jeffrey) Selhorst of Coldwater; 39 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; five siblings, Velma (Leonard) Dietz of St. Marys; Virginia Bruggeman of Portland, Ind.; Mary Pierron of Osgood; Howard (Marlene) Bruggeman of Maria Stein and Larry (Becky) Bruggeman of Maria Stein; sisters and brothers-in-law Doris Bruggeman of Maria Stein; Kay Bruggeman of St. Marys; Clarissa Barhorst of Russia; Clarissa Brinkman of Missouri; Lavern Schmit of Celina; Joseph (Wilma) Barhorst of Coldwater; Clarence Barhorst of Botkins; Marilyn (Ralph) Meyer of Coldwater; Emily Subler of Versailles; Ivo Braun of Portland, Ind.; and Martha (Richard) Subler of New Bremen.
He was preceded in death by one son-in-law, David Neff; four brothers, twin Virgil; Donald, infants Edward and Harold Bruggeman and one sister, Eileen Otting; brothers-in-law, Joseph Pierron, Kenneth Otting, Lavern Bruggeman and one sister-in-law, Mary Bruggeman.
Werner retired in 1973 from Beatrice Foods in New Bremen where he had been employed for 28 years; he had also worked 14 years at Borchers Poultry in Russia. He had been a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
At his leisure, Werner enjoyed playing the guitar and harmonica, entertaining his grandchildren at family gatherings.
A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. John the Baptist Church in Maria Stein, the Rev. Gene Schnipke officiating.
Interment will follow at the church cemetery.
Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Friday at Gehret Funeral Home in Fort Loramie.
Memorials may be made to the charity of donor’s choice.
Condolences may be expressed at GehretFuneralHome.com.