Germaine M. (Tocci) DePasquale 87 of Leominster , MA passed away peacefully Wednesday March 21, 2018 in Life Care Center of Leominster.
She was born March 31, 1930 in Leominster, MA daughter of Amerigo and Messia (Serafini) Tocci and lived in Leominster,MA all of her life.
A young girl during WWII, she was recruited to help residents of the city of Leominster obtain their rationing booklets. Germaine earned her letter in Field Hockey from Leominster High School and graduated in 1948. As a young woman she worked at the Leominster Public Library where she provided research material and enjoyed working with local doctors, author Robert Cormier and Miss Clara Endicott Sears of Fruitlands Museum.
After high school, Germaine worked as a bookkeeper at her grandfather's heating and oil company, G. Tocci & Sons and during that period she met Armando "Scratch" DePasquale. A returning MP assigned to guard Hitler's Berchtesgarden in the German Bavarian Alps, and a member of the US Cavalry, he tried to teach Germaine to drive a car.
Germaine and Armando married and raised their family in the home Armando built and as their family grew they enjoyed outings to Fruitlands Museum every summer and Germaine gave the joy of reading to her own children through the Leominster Library. She served as a Cub Scout Den mother, A Girl Scout leader and was active at St. Anna's School in Leominster. Germaine was one of the first Lassie League coaches for the city of Leominster, and sat on the inaugural Leominster Commission for the Arts. Active volunteers for Catholic Charities it was incumbent upon the DePasquale's to enlist their own children to volunteer in a new and important program being introduced across America by President Lyndon Johnson called Head Start.
Germaine retired after 37 years of service at HealthAlliance Hospital as a medical records analyst. As a new generation was born Germaine made certain that they too knew of Fruitlands Museum and the Leominster Library. Germaine never did get the hang of driving, nor did she enjoy cooking or travel. As a grandmother she delighted in picking up take-out from Il Camino and reading to her grandchildren.
She is survived by her Daughters, Lynn Jordan (Forrest) of Tampa, FL, Jane Gallant (Harley) of Leominster, MA, and son, Anthony DePasquale of Leominster, MA ,grandchildren Brittany Jordan-Arthur (Scott Arthur) of Baltimore, MD, Ashton DePasquale (Shannon) of York, ME, and Teresa DePasquale of Leominster, MA. ,great grandchildren Penelope DePasquale, Forrest Arthur and Hazel Arthur.
She was pre-deceased by her husband of 53 years, Armando "Scratch" DePasquale.
Lynn, Jane and Anthony would like to thank Dr. Ashraf Elkerm and the staff at Life Care Center of Leominster for the compassionate care they provided to Germaine in her final years of life.
At the request of her family all funeral services are private. There are no calling hours.
The Wright – Roy Funeral Home 109 West St. Leominster, MA. is directing.