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Claire L. (Cheaney) Germain, 72

Claire L. (Cheaney) Germain, age 72, of Somerset, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 28, at her home.

Claire was born the daughter of Marko and Anna (Nagel) Kokan on March 31, 1941, in Pewaukee, Wis. She grew up in Pewaukee and was a graduate of Waukesha High School. After high school, Claire worked for Payne and Dolan Asphalt. On Nov. 26, 1960, she married Fred Cheaney at St. Joseph's Church in Waukesha. They moved to the Somerset area in 1976. Claire worked as a cook for the Somerset School District and a number of area nursing homes. She also worked as an LPN, was a den leader for Cub Scouts, and was a member of St. Anne's Church. Fred passed away on June 12, 1992. On Aug. 5, 1995, Claire was married to Melvin Germain at St. Anne's Church in Somerset.

She enjoyed cooking and baking, ceramics, trips to the casino, but most of all enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother who was straightforward and enjoyed talking to people.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Marko and Anna Kokan; first husband, Fred Cheaney; daughter-in-law Patricia Germain; and siblings Katie, Mariann, Carl, Joe, Frances, and Agnes.

Claire is survived by her husband, Melvin Germain; children, Cathy (John) Rivard, Andy (Kim) Cheaney, Ed (Laurie) Cheaney, Scott (Tresa) Germain, Shane Germain; grandchildren, Emily (Adam), Michael, Allison, Caitlyn, Anna, Mikayla, Jared, Samantha, Alyssa, Zach, Jared, Cadey, Lauren, and Connor; siblings Alice, Caroline, Linda, Martin, and Tony.

Memorial visitation was held from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, with a prayer service at 8 p.m., at the Bakken-Young Beebe Chapel in New Richmond. Interment will be at a later date in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Waukesha, Wis.

Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.

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