Marie T. Behr, 89, of Botkins, died at 2:05 a.m. Thursday, June 28, 2012, at Lima Memorial Health System,
She was born Dec. 28, 1922, in Botkins, the daughter of Mary C. (Wesbecher) and Frank G. Dietz, who preceded her in death. On Feb. 27, 1946, she married Clarence A. Behr, and he died Feb. 26, 2004.
Surviving are six children, Robert (Judy) Behr, of Sidney, Linda (Jack) Pinkerton, of Lewistown, Ronald (Nancy) Behr, of Botkins, Phyllis (Jerry) Uppenkamp, of Botkins, Janet (Michael) Schmerge, of Botkins, and Richard (Kathy) Behr, of Botkins; 20 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and three sisters-in-law, Esther Dietz, Viola Dietz, and Jeanne Dietz.
She was preceded in death by a great-grandchild; and six siblings, Urban Dietz, Alfred Dietz, Edward Dietz, Marion Dietz, Norbert Dietz, and Hilda Phlipot.
Marie worked in the cafeteria at the Botkins Local Schools. She also worked as a seamstress out of her residence. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Botkins and its Altar Rosary Sodality. Her hobbies included sewing, fishing, playing cards, reading, gardening, traveling, camping, and working word puzzles.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Botkins, with the Rev. John Tonkin officiating. Burial will follow at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Botkins.
Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Long & Folk Chapel of Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, 13 S. Blackhoof St., Wapakoneta
Contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society or the Botkins Local Schools.
Condolences may be expressed at bayliffandeleyfh.com.