In Loving Memory of Frank J. Germain

Frank J. Germain

Frank J. Germain

Dunmore, 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. 

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Katie Baldi Prompovitch
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Condolences
Reply #8 on : Sun November 12, 2017, 10:52:07
Dear Bice and Family,
I am deeply saddened by the news of Frank’s passing and extend my sympathy and prayers. My fondest memories of Frank will always be of his gentle, kind soul and so many laughs around the dining room table on Richmond St. with my parents.
May you find solace in this time of sorrow,
Katie Baldi Prompovitch
Maryclaire Curmaci Singer
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Reply #7 on : Fri November 10, 2017, 13:00:29
Michelle and Danny

I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was s great man. I really enjoyed spending time with him at the 4th of July parties. Please give my condolences to your mom also.

Maryclaire and Dick
Mary Ellen Hoban Hromisin
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Reply #6 on : Fri November 10, 2017, 09:28:51
Michelle and family,
My deepest sympathy on the passing of your dad. He was a wonderful man. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
Sincerely,
Mary Ellen
Patricia and Thomas Farry
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RE: Condolances for Frank J. Germain
Reply #5 on : Thu November 09, 2017, 10:12:49
We are presently in Florida and regrettably, will be unable to attend the viewing and Mass for Mr. Germaine.
We are profoundly sorry to hear that Frank (Mr. Germaine) has passed on; we worked closely with him for many years at Mercy Hospital in Scranton. Mr. Germaine was truly a gentleman in every way, both professionally and as he became a role model for the Pro Life movement which he helped to establish locally.
On many occasions Mr. Germaine would join with us in projects connected with Pennsylvanians for Human Life, and we often were able to have short visits with him and his wife after Mass. He truly will be missed, and we will pray for his soul.
Pugliese Family
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Re: In Loving Memory of Frank J. Germain
Reply #4 on : Thu November 09, 2017, 07:04:20
We are saddened to here about the passing away of a true gentleman. Our prayers are with you and the whole family as you travel through this difficult time. I, John Pugliese, personally knew Mr. Germain from coming into my father's shoe repair shop frequently in the past. He would sometimes be alone and others with his lovely wife. Condolences from my mother Clare and father Nicholas.
Frank Perri
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Reply #3 on : Wed November 08, 2017, 18:26:42
Rest in peace Mr. Germain. Condolences to the Germaine family.
Don Loftus
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Re: In Loving Memory of Frank J. Germain
Reply #2 on : Wed November 08, 2017, 13:30:02
To the entire Germain family: Please accept my condolences on your loss. He was a great guy and I will keep him in my prayers. May he Rest in Peace! Don Loftus
Mary Anne Shimkus
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Re: In Loving Memory of Frank J. Germain
Reply #1 on : Wed November 08, 2017, 12:35:21
I’m so very sorry for your loss. Mr. Germain was always such a kind and compassionate man. He will be remembered for all the wonderful things he did at Mercy and in his life. Most especially for raising, along with Mrs Germain, an amazing, caring family! I am so glad for the opportunity to have known him and some of you! God Bless you all. My prayers and thoughts are with you!