In loving memory of

Germaine Schwanke
May 14, 1935 - February 3, 2019

Germaine Arlys Schwanke, 83 of Winona, died Sunday, February 3, 2019 at Lake Winona Manor.
Germaine was born May 14, 1935 in Strum, WI to Alton and Lorraine (Munson) Goodermote. On June 3, 1961 she married Clarence Schwanke at Central Lutheran Church in Mondovi, WI. Germaine studied to become a licensed practical nurse at Winona General Hospital and worked in various nursing roles in Winona, most recently retiring in 2000 from Madison Elementary School.
Germaine enjoyed playing Bingo with her many friends, going out to eat and spending time with her family. She had the gift of gab and enjoyed talking with everyone, especially sharing stories about her two grandsons, who were her pride and joy. She is most known for her warm hugs, kind nature, positive attitude and love for all people.
She is survived by her husband, Clarence; two sons, Todd Schwanke of Winona and Jeff (Barb) Schwanke of Winona; two grandsons, Casey & Caleb Schwanke; sister, Bonnie Galebides of South Amboy, NJ; brother, Harold Goodermote of Kimberly, WI and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Terrie Harm.
Funeral Service will be 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at Hoff Celebration of Life Center - Goodview. Visitation will be 3:30 until the time of the service. Germaine will be laid to rest at Riverside Cemetery in Mondovi.
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Tracy Slater wrote on Feb 8, 2019:

"I grew up going to Madison (79-87) and have fond memories of her and her humor. She cared for all the students she served. My condolences to the family. "

Douglas Doebbert wrote on Feb 7, 2019:

"Our condolences to the family. I have many fond memories of Gerry growing up. Pushing the old hand mower and walking the dogs were just a few. She was such a wonderful person and will be missed greatly. I?m sure Dad will be waiting to welcome you home. Doug and Jody Doebbert "

Gerri Taylor wrote on Feb 7, 2019:

"Gerry was at Madison School when I taught there, we had many good times there. I know she thought so much of her grand boys. Thanks for the memories. Gerri Taylor"

Leo & Barb Blaskowski wrote on Feb 7, 2019:

"So very sorry for your loss, Jeff. Leo and Barb"

James Galebides wrote on Feb 6, 2019:

"Prayers sent to the schwanke family, all of our relatives and Germaine?s friends. She is now peaceful in heaven with her mom , dad, sister, and immediate family. God bless this woman who made our whole family, laugh with her all the time, all the big hugs and kisses she would give. She was a saint, beautiful inside and outside. RIP aunt Germaine, you will be missed by everyone you touched with your kind words and you are home now with the lord, and the angels. We will meet you there one day. God bless your sole in eternity. ?????????? "

Randy Levine wrote on Feb 5, 2019:

"My condolences to the family at this difficult time. Gerry was good friends with my mom through my teen years. I have many memories. Randy Levine "

Michelle Stiles wrote on Feb 5, 2019:

"So sorry for the loss of your mother / grandmother. She was a great lady. My boys always enjoyed coming over to her house playing with her grandchildren, she will be sadly missed. Family of Michelle Stiles ( Cody & Brad Schueler)"

Nancy and Dennis Rolbiecki wrote on Feb 5, 2019:

"Thinking of you and the family. We remember Maurita talking about Jerrie. We will be saying special prayers for Germaine's family. Dennis and Nancy Rolbiecki"

DAN P wrote on Feb 5, 2019:

"I think of Gerry often and loved her. Thanks Soupy, too, for the memories. DAN Peterson"

Joe Hoialmen wrote on Feb 5, 2019:

"So sorry, she was my favorite nurse at Jefferson...Fond memories..."

Ronda Hanson wrote on Feb 5, 2019:

"Gerry will be sadly missed. She was a kind and caring person. Clarence, you have our deepest sympathy. Ronda & Kelly Hanson "

M Hanson wrote on Feb 5, 2019:

"I'll miss Germaine. We bonded over stories having an appreciation of things as they were. A good, good person."

Patti Rose wrote on Feb 5, 2019:

"So very sorry for your loss of this delightful human being who left her zest for life whenever you were in her presence...she was a constant reminder of humble & kind. Keep her close by remembering her love & grace as you mend your broken hearts. Sending our deepest sympathy knowing she left us all a little better by just knowing & her. Sending our love, Jim & Patti Rose"

Margaret Beech wrote on Feb 4, 2019:

"Deepest sympathy to the families on the loss of your wife, mother and grandmother....The loss of a loved one is so hard...I know Barb from working with her a few years back....Keep all of your memories tucked in your hear and she will always be close....A former co-worker and friend Margaret Beech"

Dan and Marie Gordon wrote on Feb 4, 2019:

"I married her cousin Dan forty some years ago and from the very first time we met, I loved her. Whenever we gathered together always made feel welcome with the biggest hug. We could talk for hours her doing most of the talking. Which of course I loved all her stories and we would laugh and laugh. I will always remember her as she was my family too. Miss her already! Though I am unable to attended the funeral I will be with you all in spirt and prayer. God bless you and healing prayers come your way. Love, Dan and Marie Gordon."

Jackie Rooney wrote on Feb 4, 2019:

"I will forever remember my Aunt Germaine as a kind and loving person. She had a great sense of humor and will be missed. I love you."

Kathy Schwanke wrote on Feb 4, 2019:

"Not only a great SIL but a wonderful friend. I am so going to miss her."

Lois Goetzke wrote on Feb 4, 2019:

"Always think of Germaine happy, smiling and laughing. She was a true "JOY" to be around. God bless and keep you all..........Bobbyg & Lowi"

Claire Waters wrote on Feb 4, 2019:

"To Gerri's family, My deepest sympathy to you. I first met her at Madison. She was truly the spirit at Madison. Wow, what a wonderful lady. Great talker and fun to run in to at the various restaurants in the area. May she rest in peace."

Jim and Kathy Jereczek wrote on Feb 4, 2019:

"Jeff and Barb, boys, you have our sympathies in the loss of your Mom, Grandma."

Duane and Linda Franzwa wrote on Feb 4, 2019:

"RIP. What a character! Say hi to uncle Roger and aunt Carol Marsolek, you're all together again!! Have 1 or 4 for us!! Going to miss you!!"