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Sister M. Germaine Guoin, 72, of the Hospital Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis died on Thursday, February 17, 2005 at 5:00 a.m. at St. Francis Convent, Springfield. Sister Germaine, the former Joan Catherine Guoin, was born in Commerce Township, MI on January 1, 1933 the daughter of Bernard Peter and Janet Marie Syrela Guoin. She entered the Congregation on September 11, 1955 and professed her religious vows on September 8, 1958. Sister was a graduate of St. Mary’s Junior College, Minneapolis, MN. She served the Community as an Occupational Therapy Assistant at hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin. From 1983 until 2004, she served as a Pastoral Associate at St. Mary of the Angels Parish, Green Bay, WI. She returned to the Motherhouse in March 2004 due to failing health. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by two sisters: Janet Alflen of Orchard Lake, MI, Donna Unis of Oxford, MI; one brother: Lyle Guoin of Ocala, FL; one uncle: Dale Guoin of Livonia, MO; one aunt, Audrey Rodge of Oakland Twp, MI; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great nephews and her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared her life for 50 years. Visitation will be held at the motherhouse from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with a Wake Service at 8:30 a.m. Friday, February 18, 2005. The Eucharistic Celebration and Rite of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father David Eckelkamp, OFM on Friday, February 18, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. in St. Clare of Assisi Adoration Chapel at the Motherhouse. Burial will follow in Crucifixion Hill Cemetery, The family and Franciscan Sisters of Sr. M. Germaine Guoin, OSF is being served by Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St. Springfield.

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