Germaine L. Trippany, 84, of Winona, Minn., and formerly of Hogansburg, died on Friday, February 4, 2011, at Lake Winona Manor.
Germaine was born on November 1, 1926, in St. Anicet, Quebec, Canada, to Joseph A. and Corinne (Duheme) Lauzon.
Her parents immigrated to New York, and Germaine attended school in Fort Covington.
She married Robert Trippany on June 17, 1946, in Fort Covington. Germaine and Robert had nine children between 1949 and 1960.
In the 1960s they ran a grocery store and fuel oil business from their home in Hogansburg, and were very well known in Hogansburg, Bombay and the surrounding Mohawk Indian Reservation.
Thirty years after quitting high school, Germaine studied hard and proudly received her high school equivalency.
Since the 1980s, Germaine has lived in Texas, Florida and Minnesota.
Everywhere she lived, she quickly made close friends because of her friendliness, concern for others, kindness and gratefulness.
She was a member of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and Catholic Daughters. Germaine was a wife, homemaker and mother.
Germaine is survived by her children, Monica (Bernard) Tryon, Schenectady, Daniel (Joanne) Trippany, Aurora, Colo., Joseph (Diane) Trippany, Carrollton, Texas, Veronica (Berlin) Barnes, Mitchell, Ind., Corinne (Anthony) Bueno, Olympia, Wash., Elmer (Jennifer) Trippany, Antioch, Calif., Margaret Trippany, Oakland, Tenn., and Loretta (Larry) Boyer, Winona, Minn.; 21 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; brother, Rodrique Lauzon; sister, Yvonne Wolchok; sister-in-law, Jean Ghostlaw; as well as other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; ex-husband, Robert; son, Arthur; brothers, Joseph, Avila, Ulrich, John and Raymond Lauzon; and sisters, Simone Southwick and Lucille La Combe.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, February 7, 2011, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. The Reverend Richard Colletti will officiate.
Germaine will be laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery, Massena.
Visitation will be held at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, on Monday, February 7, 2011, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass.
Germaine was never blessed with good health or an easy life, but she was blessed with a great faith and a way with people that blessed everyone who knew her.
Arrangements are with the Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home, Minnesota.