Germaine (Gillespie) Staples

September 8, 1933 ~ January 4, 2022 (age 88) 88 Years Old

Germaine Staples Obituary

Germaine Staples went to eternal rest on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at Middlesex Hospital following a brief illness.  She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Richard A. Staples. She was born on September 8, 1933 in Fort Fairfield Maine the daughter of the late Herbert and Theresa (Dionne) Gillespie. 


Germaine was a graduate of Fort Fairfield High School.  She later obtained certification as a Dental Assistant through Windham Regional Technical School while raising 5 children.  She retired from UCONN after 28 years of service working in the Student Union.  Her capacity to connect with children and young adults brought her great joy.  She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She is survived by her five children and their spouses: Gayle (Thomas) Pedrotty; Jill (Perry) Phillips; Lorrie (Barry-deceased) Hansen; Karen Staples and Richard Jr. (Deena) Staples; nine grandchildren, Kyle, Lauren, Eric, Elizabeth, Barry, Gregory, Holly, Ericka, Jenna and three great grandchildren, which she considered her greatest legacy.

Germaine was predeceased by six siblings Wilfred, Ralph, Katherine, Martina, Sr. Mary Adeline Gillespie, CND, and Helen (Gillespie) Bubar.  She is survived by four siblings a brother Peter Gillespie and sisters, Jeanne Byrne, Marjorie Murray, and Ann Santinelli.


A Mass will be held Thursday January 13, 2022 at 11:00 AM at St. Mary’s Church, 1600 Main St., Coventry CT.  Burial will be private.  All Attendees are asked to wear masks for the Mass and follow Covid protocols.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Sisters of Congregation De Notre-Dame:

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Make checks payable to Congrégation de Notre-Dame

Send to: Mission Advancement Office

Congrégation de Notre-Dame

 3135 Easton Turnpike

Fairfield, CT 06825

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Funeral Mass
January 13, 2022

11:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church
1600 Main Street
Coventry, CT 06238


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