Sr. Germaine Campbell (born Ruth Ann) died on May 17, 2019. She dedicated 75 years to religious life as an Ursuline Sister, serving as a Catholic school teacher and principal, and later in life working in parish ministry and for the United Cerebral Palsy, in Queens, NY. Sr. Germaine is remembered as a remarkably strong and faithful woman who loved nature, long walks, and family time, and who was deeply dedicated to God and to her Ursuline community.
She was born Ruth Ann Campbell on April 9, 1926 in Waltham, MA, the sixth of seven siblings. Her family moved to Brooklyn, NY when she was very young, and then to Bellerose, Queens. As a Catholic school student, she was inspired by Ursuline Sisters, and she entered the convent in October, 1944, professing her final vows in August, 1950. Sr. Germaine received her B.S. in Education from St. John’s University. She then received her Master of Arts in Administration from Fairfield University.
During her religious life, Sr. Germaine answered many calls to ministry. She began with serving as Teacher at Our Lady of Grace, Howard Beach, NY, at St. Thomas the Apostle in West Hartford, CT, at Our Lady of Grace in Howard Beach, NY, and Our Lady of Victory, West Haven, CT, and later as Principal at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Shippan, CT. Later in life, she served as Recreational Coordinator for United Cerebral Palsy in Queens, NY, and in Religious Education at St. William the Abbot, Seaford, NY. In the last twenty years, she worked at Harvest House, a ministry for well seniors, Tabor House, a retreat center, and as the liaison to the sick and elderly sisters at Maria Regina Residence, where she came to spend her last year.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Eva York Campbell, her father, Frank Campbell, and her siblings Ed, Charlie, Duke, Dorothea and Marie. She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Dick and Theresa Campbell, and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on May 20, 2019 at Our Lady of the Snow Church in Blue Point, followed by interment at the cemetery of the Ursuline Sisters in Blue Point. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated for Sr. Germaine at Maria Regina Residence, Brentwood, NY on August 28, 2019. We remember Sr. Germaine with gratitude and love.