In Loving Memory of Bice "Betty" Germain
Bice "Betty" GermainDunmore, PA February 11, 1922 ~ March 5, 2018 Date of Service: March 9, 2018
Bice "Betty" Germain, of Dunmore, died Monday evening at Hospice of the Sacred Heart Inpatient Unit in Dunmore. Her husband, the late Frank J. Germain, to whom she was married for 63 years July 18, died Nov. 6, 2017.
Born in Gardeletta, a village in the Province of Bologna, Italy, daughter of the late Ernesto and Giuseppina Comellini Lappi, she was educated in Bologna and received her college degree in language studies from the University of Bologna. She and her family survived during World War II by escaping to the mountains but tragically lost her father before the conflict concluded. During this same period, Gen. Mark W. Clark, commander of the United States Fifth Army in Italy, used the family's country home for his headquarters during his pursuit of retreating German forces. Decades later in the 1970s, Gen. Clark reunited with Bice on a visit to Scranton when he came to honor the death of a fellow officer. In postwar Italy, she was employed as an executive assistant to the president of an export company that owned the professional Italian basketball team in Bologna. During her employ she was introduced to the love of her life, a young United States soldier from New York who on discharge stayed in Italy to play on the Bologna team, Frank J. Germain. The couple was married in Italy and relocated to Scranton where Bice and Frank enjoyed an extraordinary life together as Frank completed his education and pursued a career as a medical social worker and respected community activist for the Pro-Life cause.
Together, they practiced their faith, and imparted these values upon their family, innumerable friends and neighbors. Their devotion to the Blessed Mother began early in their marriage when they committed the first week of their honeymoon to assisting the infirm at Lourdes in France, and would return to this holy site on their 25th anniversary, though this time with their family accompanying them. For 23 years, she and her beloved husband would attend the hour of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Catherine's Church in Moscow.
Bice always exhibited a European grace and style in her natural demeanor and in the manner of her dress and conversation. She was diminutive in size but always drew attention at the affairs she attended with Frank. She was a marvelous cook and prepared many traditional Italian dishes, including her family favorite Bolognese sauce. She was a parishioner at both Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Dunmore, and Immaculate Conception Church in Scranton, and had additionally lent her participation and support to the Scranton Prep Mother's Club, as well as to St. Joseph's Center.
Surviving are a daughter, Michele Penetar and husband, attorney Dan Penetar, of Scranton, and their children, Cristina and Daniel Penetar III; son, attorney Gregory Germain and wife, Margee, of Lake Winola, and their children, Colleen, Brianna, Shannon, Brigitte and Gregory Germain; and Maggie Meimers and husband, Eric; son, Dr. Pierre Germain and wife, Gael, of Scranton, and their children, Yvonne, Grady and Valentina Germain; and daughter, Simonette Mincieli and husband, Mark, of Raritan, N.J., and their children, Olivia and Manon Mincieli.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Elvira, Lea, Elide and Giorgina; and her brother, Dante. The family extends its sincerest gratitude to Hospice of the Sacred Heart for its extraordinary care and compassion.
The funeral will be Friday with Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, Taylor Avenue and East Gibson Street, in Scranton. Entombment to follow in Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.
Family and friends may call Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass at Immaculate Conception Church.
In lieu of flowers, preferred memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Suite 7, Wilkes-Barre, 18702.
Arrangements and care provided by the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., Dunmore.