Sister Germaine Chabot, 98, a Sister of Providence for 80 years, died July 4 at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle. There will be a vigil Sunday, July 9, at 6:30 p.m., and a funeral Mass Monday, July 10, at 11 a.m., both at St. Joseph Residence, 4800 37th Avenue SW, Seattle. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Seattle, after the Mass and reception.
Germaine Laura Chabot was born January 17, 1919, to Charles and Zelema (Barbeau) Chabot, in Clarence Creek, Ontario, Canada. She was raised in a strong Catholic family with a French education and was the sixth of nine children.
Germaine entered the Sisters of Providence in November 1936 in Montreal, Quebec, and in May 1937, she became a novice. In November 1938 she professed first vows and received the name Sister Germaine of Seven Dolors, and in November 1942 she professed final vows.
Following her first profession in November of 1938 Sister Germaine was missioned to Sacred Heart Province in Washington, where she worked for three years in the dietary unit at Mount St. Vincent, Seattle. From 1941 to ’44 she was a staff assistant at Providence Medford Medical Center and at St. Patrick High School in Walla Walla, where she graduated in June 1944. Because of her interest in nursing, Sister Germaine entered nurses training at St. Joseph Hospital in Vancouver and obtained her nursing certification in August 1947.
Sister Germaine’s ministry of 45 years was in nursing and administration in numerous institutions. She was a nurse at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland 1947 – 1955, after which she served in Washington: Vancouver – St. Joseph Hospital; Yakima – Providence Medical Center (aka St. Elizabeth Hospital); Everett – Providence Hospital. From 1955-67, Sister Germaine continued her health care ministry as an administrator-superior in Washington: Olympia – St. Peter Hospital; Seattle – Providence Medical Center; Everett – Providence Hospital; and Yakima – St. Elizabeth Hospital. On August 6, 1965, she was formally accepted to the American College of Hospital Administrators, in San Francisco.
From September 1967- August 1992, Sister Germaine ministered in pastoral care at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska; and at Providence Portland Medical Center, where she was also a member of the hospital’s administrative council. She completed the Clinical Pastoral Education Program in Oakland, California, in 1980. Subsequently, she received certification as a member of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.
In 1978 Sister Germaine had the opportunity to take a cultural trip to Italy, Egypt, Greece and the Holy Land, which she said was an enriching and spiritual experience.
Some of Sister Germaine’s hobbies were listening to music, art, calligraphy, sewing, knitting afghans and sweaters, walking, cooking and “especially rendering service to others.” In September 1992 she retired in Portland, living at the Providence Medical Center Convent. In September 2006 she moved to St. Joseph Residence, Seattle, where she cherished spending time with family, friends and her sisters in community.
Sister Germaine is preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and three sisters. She is survived by her sister, Jeanne Chabot from Rockland, Ontario, Canada, and nieces.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Providence Retirement Fund, 1801 Lind Avenue SW, #9016, Renton, WA 98057-9016. To view Sister Germaine’s obituary and picture and to sign her memory book, please visit the website for Bonney-Watson Funeral Home at www.bonneywatson.com