Margaret "Maggie" Germain (1926 - 2015)

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Margaret "Maggie" Germain passed peacefully on to her new life with the Lord on February 1, 2015. She was 88. Her husband Win and all their ten children were able to be with her as she left us.

She was born to Margaret Nina (Simkins) and Patrick Valentine H. Ellis in Seattle Washington, March 9, 1926 and died at her home in Douglas, Alaska.

Maggie was the third of six children. She attended Holy Family and Holy Rosary school in Seattle and graduated in 1944 from Kent High School. Following her graduation from Seattle University in 1948, she taught school for one year in South Bend, Washington and then moved to Olympia where she did social work for the State of Washington. In 1952 she married Win Germain who was attending St. Martin's College. They started their family in Olympia where their two oldest daughters were born. In 1956, Win was offered a job with the Territory of Alaska, which brought them to Douglas. Over the years, they had eight more children. When the children were older, Maggie first worked in the office at Gastineau School, then went to work for the State of Alaska. After her retirement from the State, she worked for a few years at Hearthside Books.

Maggie was active in St. Ann's school, St. Peters Catholic Church, and later the Cathedral of the Nativity for many years. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America (CDA), having joined while still in Olympia. Maggie maintained this membership throughout her life and was Regent for one year.

Maggie volunteered with many organizations throughout the years, including 4-H, Ski club, Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau, Jazz and Classics, and the Folk Festival.

She enjoyed sewing, berry-picking and jam-making. Outdoor activities she took pleasure in with her children were hiking and skiing. She hiked the Chilkoot Trail twice; the first time using a tent, sleeping bags and coats that she sewed herself. She did an eight-day kayaking trip in Glacier Bay with her daughter Becky.

Maggie enjoyed traveling. Her first big trip was a trip across the US and Canada and to Cuba during the summer of 1947. She traveled to Great Britain with her parents and saw where her father was born and raised in a small town outside of Liverpool. In later years she traveled to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Mexico, Africa, Rome and to London where she visited with her cousin-in-law, then Prime Minister Tony Blair. She also enjoyed a trip on the Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest, Hungary.

Maggie is survived by her husband, Win, and her ten children: Mary Kay Germain of Yakutat, Patty Germain of Douglas, Becky Germain (Stretch Gillum) of Girdwood, Nicki Germain (John Stone) of the S/V Seychelles, Margie Germain of Douglas, Christy Johnson (Larry) of Wainwright, Debbie Germain of Juneau, Greg Germain (Kristy) of Juneau, Fran Germain of Seattle, WA, Tom Germain (JoDee Johnson) of Juneau; grandchildren Stacey Davis & Stephanie Oltmann (Rick), Scott Barnkow & Monika Barnkow, Mathew Mielke (Lizzie Solger) & Renai Mielke, Molly Antrim & Derek Antrim (Tamara Stafford), Chris Briggs (Jodi), David Johnson (Laura), Rene House (Larry) & Bryan Hull, Patrick Lumba (Jaclyn) & Catie Lumba, Madeline Germain & Dori Germain, Nitara Schreiner & Haddy Njie, Casey Germain, Wendy Germain & John Germain; 21 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

She is also survived by her brother Valentine Ellis of Seattle; sister Evelyn Jean Peterson of Seattle; and sister-in-laws Teresa Ellis and Darlene Ellis. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brothers Patrick and Michael Ellis and sister Mary Frances Gonter.

A Memorial Service will be held Friday, February 6 at 5:30 PM at the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Juneau. Finger food potluck reception at St Ann's Hall on Friday following the Memorial Service. Mass will be on Saturday, February 7 at 10 AM, also at the Cathedral. Condolences can be sent to PO Box 240144, Douglas, AK 99824
Published in The Juneau Empire from Feb. 3 to Mar. 4, 2015