CAMBRIDGE- Pauline L. Germain, age 79, passed away on Saturday, September 9, 2023 surrounded by loved ones at her home.
She was born in Richford on May 14, 1944 to the late Gordon "Bud" Sr. and Lottie (LaPlant) Tatro.
Pauline grew up in Richford and graduated from Richford High School in 1962. She raised three children that quickly became the center of her life while working various careers in manufacturing in the area. She retired from York Capacitor after almost 15 years as a supervisor, a job she was very proud of.
Pauline possessed a spirit that touched the lives of those around her. She found joy in simple pleasures like exploring lawn sales, sipping on iced coffee, and collecting purses and jewelry. Her admiration for tattoos was a reflection of her free-spirited nature and vibrant personality, which she wore proudly throughout her life. Her love for icons like Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe showcased her appreciation for timeless artistry and nostalgia.
But above all, Pauline's true passion lay in serving others. She lived a life dedicated to putting the needs of others before her own, always willing to lend a helping hand or offer a listening ear. Her unconditional love and acceptance created a safe space for everyone she encountered, never judging others but instead embracing them with open arms.
Pauline's compassion extended beyond the personal sphere, as she was a devoted blood donor. Her commitment to giving the gift of life was a testament to her desire to make a positive impact in the world.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 30 years, Steve Germain of Cambridge; children, Debbie Chauvin of St. Albans, Jim Chauvin and his wife Lisa Brooks of Morristown, and Roger Chauvin Jr. of Swanton; grandchildren, Jamie Chauvin and his significant other Kristina Gallagher, Amy Chauvin, Heidi Chauvin and her fiancé Jonathan Bushee, Megan Chauvin and her significant other James Williams, Josh Chauvin and his significant other Katelyn Walker, and Emily Chauvin; great grandchildren, Leah, Alexis, Melodie, Bryanna, Jonathan, Harmony, Symphony, Winter, and Hope; step-children, Wendy & Scott Boyce of Richford, Heather Germain of Richford, and Stephanie Germain of Grand Isle; brother, Terry Tatro and his wife Kathy; sister, Sally Tatro and her significant other Pete Combs; siblings-in-law, Kari Tatro, Joanne & Peanut Pinsoneault, Janice Audette, Donna Germain, Mike Germain, Rene & Bambi Germain, Cheryl Germain, and Dan Ives; special friends, Mona LaFountain, Theresa Ladue, Donna Casavant, and Maggie Sylvester; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her parents, Pauline was predeceased by her siblings, Gordon Tatro Jr. and his wife Geraldine, Beverly Martin and her husband Robert "Bert" Martin, and Larry Tatro; niece, Jamie Germain; great nephews, Skyler, Brenden, and Nathan Tatro; and siblings-in-law, David Germain, Ann Ives, and Perley Weed.
Pauline's family would like to thank the staff at Bayada Hospice for their exceptional care and support, especially Nurse Bridget and Father Mike Ellis.
Family and friends are invited to Pauline's services on Friday, September 15, 2023 to include visitation at 1:00 PM with a memorial service at 2:00 PM at The Goss-Spears Life Celebration Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls, VT 05450. Interment will follow in Hillside Cemetery, 37 Golf Course Road, Richford, VT 05476. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 2:00 PM at Pauline's residence, 204 Shaw Road, Cambridge, VT.
For those who wish contributions in Pauline's memory may be made to the UVM Cancer Center, 111 Colchester Avenue Main Campus, Main Pavillion, Level 2, Burlington, VT 05401 and/or The Salvation Army USA, 615 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, Virginia 22314.
Condolences, photos and favorite memories may be shared through www.gossfs.com