In Loving Memory of Frank J. Germain
Frank J. GermainDunmore, PA March 21, 1930 ~ November 6, 2017 Date of Service: November 11, 2017
Frank J. Germain, 87, of Dunmore, died Monday at Hospice of the Sacred Heart Inpatient Unit in Dunmore. He and his wife, the former Bice Lappi, celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on July 18.
Born in Astoria, Queens, N.Y., he was the son of the late Frederick and Susan McIntyre Germain. After being scouted at Madison Square Garden as a high school basketball player, he accepted a basketball scholarship to the University of Scranton where he earned a B.S. in sociology. He received a master's in social work from Fordham University. In college he was drafted and served with the Army Signal Corps during the Korean War in Verona, Italy. Upon his discharge, he was recruited to play in the European Professional Basketball League in Bologna, Italy, where he met and married his devoted wife. He was heralded as one of best players of his time in Italian sports magazines.
After employment with the Veteran's Administration, he established the medical social services department at Mercy Hospital, Scranton, and served as its director from 1966 until retirement. During his career, he taught at the Mercy School of Nursing, and was a social science faculty member at the University of Scranton, Marywood University and Penn State Worthington. He also maintained a private practice for marriage and family counseling.
Frank was a co-founder and past president of the Scranton Chapter of Pennsylvanians for Human Life, and organized its annual bus trips to Washington, D.C., for the National March for Human Life.
Frank was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Dunmore and its Holy Name Society, where he was a daily communicant and served as a lector. He was a member of the Men of the Sacred Heart, Blue Army and Serra Club. For 23 years on each Friday evening, he and his wife attended the hour of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Catherine's Church in Moscow. He also initiated the local ministry in which the statue of Our Lady of Fatima was taken to the home of families for private adoration. Frank and Bice's devotion to the Blessed Mother began early in marriage when they committed the first week of their honeymoon to assisting the infirm at Lourdes, France. They returned to Lourdes with their family on the occasion of their 25th wedding anniversary. In addition to spending time with his family, Frank found his greatest satisfaction in the practice of his faith and the advocacy he provided to the unborn and underprivileged.
Also surviving is 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.
He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Rita, Mary and Alice; and his brothers, Joseph, Frederick and George.
The family extends its deepest appreciation to Hospice of the Sacred Heart for its compassionate care.
The funeral will be Saturday with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, 322 Chestnut St., Dunmore. Entombment to follow in Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.
Family and friends may call Friday at the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, from 3 to 7 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Suite 7, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702; to the Scranton Chapter of Pennsylvanians for Human Life, 400 Wyoming Ave., Suite 110, Scranton, PA 18505; or to the donor's favorite charity.