Clara Gertrude Smith Germain passed away Nov.7, 2013 at 95 years of age. She was born in Watertown NY Nov. 18, 1917. A registered nurse by profession, Clara had been admitted to nursing school at fifty years of age, where she surprised everyone by doing very well! She was preceded in death by her mother, father, and only sister, also her husband of 49 years, Gabriel Germain, while living in Peralta, New Mexico, where she continued to live until Sept 1996, after which she retired to the mountain community of Datil, NM. While living in Datil, Clara Germain volunteered as a Senior Companion, making many new friends, including people and animals. She is survived by two sons, retired Cartographer Tom Germain of Watertown, NY, retired Land Surveyor Assistant Charles & wife Patricia of Datil, NM, seven grandchildren, including Chief Petty Officer Michele V. Germain, of USS Nimitz, Micheles brother Tom, of Lakeland Fla., Patrick & wife Kathie of Peralta, NM, John & wife Debi of Mesa, AZ, Martin of Mesa, AZ, Michael & wife Gerda of Chester, VA, Peter & wife Nichole of Gloucester, VA Also eleven great grandchildren & twelve great-great grandchildren.
Clara Germains Watertown roots ran deep. She was the daughter of Nellie Stewart Smith, who was the daughter of Gene and Margaret Fassett Stewart, of Lorraine New York, who moved up to Watertown in the 1890s, where Gene took work as a Tinsmith. Genes father Lavern fought in the Civil War with the New York Tenth Light Artillery, and his Grandfather Walter Stewart marched down from Saratoga with a militia unit to fight at Sackets Harbor in the War of 1812, and stayed when the war was over. Genes wife Margaret was the great granddaughter of Revolutionary veteran pioneers who migrated to the North Country from southern New Hampshire, together with Henry Coffeen, in response to President Washingtons offer of land in lieu of back pay. Claras mother Nellie was a dressmakers apprentice before teaching herself shorthand and becoming a stenographer, and sang with the choir of the First Baptist Church on Public Square.
Clara was a member of Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary Mission in Datil, NM. Cremation has taken place and services will be at a later date. Donations may be made to Ride 2 Recovery, for our wounded Veterans. Arrangements were with Noblin Funeral Service of Belen, NM.