Sister Germaine Barrette, 104


Sister Germaine BarrettMarlborough – Sister Germaine Barrett, 104, a Sister of St. Anne, died Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 in Marie Esther Health Center, in this city.

Born in Pawtucket, R.I., she was the eighth child born to Ferdinand and Angeline (Dufresne) Barrette. She earned her High School diploma from the former St. Anne Academy in this city and a B.A. in Education from the College of St. Rose, Albany, N.Y.

In 1933, she joined the Sisters of St. Anne in Lachine, Quebec, and pronounced vows in 1935. She was assigned to the United States and taught in elementary schools sponsored by the Sisters in St. Anne. Her assignments brought her to Holyoke, North Adams, and Greylock in Massachusetts, in Cohoes, New York, in Manville, and Central Falls in Rhode Island and in Springvale, Maine. After almost 40 years of teaching, Sister Germaine was assigned to St. Anne Convent in Marlborough where for many years she was in charge of transportation services and offered other community services.

She was predeceased by 13 brothers and sisters, and leaves to grieve her brother, Joseph Barrette; her brother-in-law, George Beaucage; and nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, other extended family and her Sisters of St. Anne family.

Viewing will be Tuesday, December 19, from 9-10:15 a.m., at St. Anne Convent, 720 Boston Post Road East, Marlborough. A funeral liturgy will follow at 10:30 a.m. in the convent chapel. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Marlborough.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Fitzgerald & Collins Funeral Home, (, 378 Lincoln St., Marlborough.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to the Sisters of St. Anne Retirement Fund, 720 Boston Post Road East, Marlborough, MA 01752, or to a charity of your choice.

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