Obituary: Sister Germaine Compagna, RSM
Sister Germaine Compagna (Sister Mary Immaculata), 97, of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Northeast, died at Our Lady of Providence Residence in Winooski Feb. 19. She was a Sister of Mercy for 79 years.
Sister Compagna was born in Morrisville on Aug. 13, 1923, the daughter of Mary (Lambert) and William Compagna. She attended Cole Hill School and Peoples Academy in Morrisville. She graduated from Trinity College in Burlington with a bachelor’s degree in education. She also received a Certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education from St. John’s Hospital in Tewksbury, Massachusetts.
She entered the Sisters of Mercy of Vermont on Sept. 8, 1942, and professed her vows on April 7, 1945. For 35 years she taught in Catholic schools in Burlington, Barre, Montpelier and Middlebury. She also taught religious education in many parishes in the Diocese of Burlington.
Sister Compagna established and served in the Hospitality Ministry at Mount St. Mary Convent in Burlington for more than 20 years, ministering to patients and families dealing with critical illnesses. She also ministered in pastoral care visiting the sick and elderly in private homes, nursing homes and hospital in the Barre area.
She is survived by her sisters in religion — the Sisters of Mercy — her nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents; her sisters Lea Thayer and Laurette LaFountain; and her brothers: Maurice, Leo, Victor, Edward, Louis, Ernest, Robert, Armand, Conrad, Paul, Emile, Roger and Rene.
Arrangements for Mass of Christian burial will be announced later.