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Sumner Joseph Paul Germain

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Sumner Joseph Paul Germain, 83, formerly of Lancaster, Pa., died at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on Saturday, February 13, 2016. Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, he was the son of the late Nathan and Molly Osattin Germain. At the time of his death, he and his wife, Rita Schorr Germain, had been married for 56 years. Sumner received Bachelor's and Master's degrees in English from Harvard University where he met his wife, Rita. He went on to teach English at Grinnell College from 1961-63, Franklin & Marshall College from 1964-1969, and Millersville University, where he was Associate Professor for 40 years. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Sumner's greatest loves were his family, teaching, poetry, and literature. In addition to his wife, Sumner is survived by two daughters, Emily Lucy Germain-Lee, M.D., wife of Dr. Se-Jin Lee, of Pikesville, Maryland; and Mirah Becker, M.S., wife of Dr. Murray Becker, of East Brunswick, N.J.; and three grandchildren, Benjamin, Emma, and Rachel. Also surviving is a sister, Marion G.Y. Garfinkel, wife of the late Robert Garfinkel, of Swampscott, Mass. Funeral services were held in Lancaster on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016 with Rabbi Shaya Sackett officiating. Interment was at Beth El Cemetery, Lititz, Pa. Please omit flowers. Memorials in Sumner's name may be made to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, Washington, D.C. 20024. Online condolences may be posted on the funeral home Web site: www.TheGroffs.com
Published in Baltimore Sun on Feb. 15, 2016
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