Jan 29, 2013

OBITUARY: Sister Laurette Germain, SSA



MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – Sister of St. Anne Laurette Germain, known in religion as Sister Mary Catherine Tekakwitha, 94, died Monday, Jan. 28 at Marie Esther Health Center, here. She was in the 75th year of her vowed religious life.

She was the daughter of the late Francois X. and Annette E. (Benoit) Germain of Worcester, Mass. She completed her elementary education at the former St. Joseph School in Worcester and received her high school diploma from St. Anne Academy, Marlborough. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in education from Anna Maria College, Paxton, Mass., and a master of arts degree in French from Assumption College, Worcester. She also was a licensed occupational therapy assistant.

In 1936, at the age of 17, she entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Anne in Lachine, Quebec, Canada, and professed vows in 1938.Her ministry as a teacher began in Quebec where she spent seven years on the staff of schools in Kaknawake, Rawdon and Montreal. In 1946, she returned to the United States and taught in schools staffed by the Sisters of St. Anne in Holyoke and Worcester, where she taught at Holy Name Central Catholic High School.

Upon retiring from the classroom, she became an assistant occupational therapist working first as activities director at Donna Kay Nursing Home in Worcester, then at St. Anne Infirmary in Marlborough, until 1997, when ill health obliged her to discontinue this active ministry.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Helena Germain, of Apple Valley, Minn., and her nieces, nephew and cousins. She was predeceased by her brother, Robert.
The wake will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at St. Anne Convent, 720 Boston Post Rd., Marlborough, from 2 to 4 p.m., followed by a prayer service at 4 p.m. The funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, Jan. 31, at 10 a.m., at the convent chapel, with burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Marlborough.

A memorial contribution may be made to the Sisters of St. Anne or to a charity of one’s choice.