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Germaine C. Brooks

January 3, 1934 ~ June 19, 2018 (age 84)

WINCHENDON - Germaine C. (Martin) Brooks, 84, of 190 Goodrich Street, died unexpectedly Tuesday evening, June 19, 2018 in Heywood Hospital, Gardner.


She was born in Winchendon on January 3, 1934, daughter of Neree P. and Josephine M. (Clavette) Martin and was a lifelong resident of Winchendon.


Germaine was a well known business woman, who owned and operated the former Germaine's Country Kitchen for 40 years.  She was also a former town select person.  Active at the Clark Memorial for many years, she had been a swimming and life saving instructor and a member of the 50 mile swim.  Germaine had also been a founding member and former president of the Clark Memorial Skate Club.  She knitted hundreds of hats and mittens for the CAC at Christmas and for local schools and premature infants.  Germaine had received the Ames and Gold Award, given by the Clark for her service to the community.


Germaine worked her entire life for her family.  She enjoyed her family and friends and entertaining them.  She loved to dance, sing karaoke, and play cribbage.  She was a member of the Eugene M. Connor Post American Legion Auxiliary and a former member of the Winchendon Lions Club.


Her husband of 49 years, Robert W. Brooks, died in 2003.  She leaves four children, Lois J. Brooks of Royalston, Martin J. Brooks and his wife Kathy of Winchendon, Andrew J. Brooks and his wife Karen of Winchendon and Maureen J. Veilleux and her husband Noel of Winchendon; two sisters, Jeannette Adams of Otter River and Joanne Gingras of Baldwinville; 8 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her brothers, Morrell Martin, Gerald Martin, Robert Martin and Roger Martin and a sister Gertrude Wilder.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 11 A.M. in Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 52 Spruce Street.  Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery.


Calling hours in Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon are Monday, June 25, 2018 from 4 to 7 P.M.


Memorial donations may be made to Gardner Visiting Nursing Association, 34 Pearly Lane, Gardner, MA 01440 or to Winchendon Fire Department, 405 Central Street, Winchendon, MA 01475.

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