Sister Germaine Irene Lambert - North Providence

Sister Germaine Irene Lambert - North Providence

Sister Germaine Irene Lambert, FMM, 103, daughter of the late Amedee and Clara (Coulombe)Lambert and a member of Ein Karim Community, died April 14, 2014, at St. Antoine Residence, North Smithfield.

Germaine entered the novitiate at Quebec, Canada June 1929 as one of the first novices in the newly constructed novitiate in North Providence. The former superior general, Mother Ste. Michael, was present for the opening of the new novitiate and welcomed the new novices, Germaine and others.

After pronouncing her final vows in 1934, Germaine’s ministry was that of a commissioner for several years. As a commissioner, she served as one of the several Sisters who traveled all over the United States, selling the handwork made in the workrooms of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, thus obtaining the funds to support missionary work in the United States as well as giving employment to young women who worked in workrooms overseas.

After studying to become an LPN, Germaine was sent in mission to St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, New York. At this time, the hospital was known as a Sanitarium for the care of children with rheumatic fever. In later years this hospital became a well-known heart center. She served as the assistant to the superior as well as working in the hospital dietary services. She obtained a certificate for the care of physically challenged children. In 1960, she was sent in mission to Mount St. Francis in Woonsocket, R.I., to care for the orphaned children there.

In 1970, St. Michael’s community in Arizona became Germaine’s new mission where she taught religious education and did home visits to the Navajo people. Germaine served there with her own sister, Alma Lambert, also a Franciscan Missionary of Mary, until 1988. This mission was especially dear to the heart of Sister Germaine who loved children and spoke with them about God with great tenderness. Even in her last days, Germaine always spoke of “les petits enfants” still wondering how she could help them, whether once they were on the Navajo reservation or in Mount St. Francis, her earlier mission.

After Arizona, Germaine was sent in mission to Holy Family community at Fruit Hill where she cared for the sick in the FMM Nursing Center and was a Eucharistic Minister until 2003. She was then sent in mission to St. Antoine Residence in North Smithfield, where until her death she manifested sweetness and goodness everywhere she went. Much loved by the staff and other residents, who teasingly referred to Germaine as “happy feet” because of the energy with which she walked in her wheelchair, she visited people, speaking to them and consoling those who were sad or in pain.

Visiting hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 21, with a Wake Service at 7 p.m. in Holy Family Chapel, Fruit Hill Avenue, North Providence; Funeral Mass at Holy Family Chapel, Tuesday, April 22 at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Holy Family Cemetery. Funeral arrangements by Russell J. Boyle and Son.