SUDBURY — Mary Katherine Tamiso Germond, 88, of Sudbury, passed peacefully on Sunday, February 17, 2013, surrounded by friends, children and grandchildren.
She was born May 16, 1924, in Hartford, Connecticut, the daughter of Rose Francolina and Louis Tamiso, and spent her early years in Hartford, graduating from Bulkley High School in 1942.
As World War II overtook her generation, Mary went to work at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft and was quickly promoted to office manager, after which she met Jim Germond, the man who would be her husband of 55 years.
Marriage would wait while Jim was sent to Italy with the Tenth Mountain Division and the couple married after the war on September 8, 1945. They settled in Connecticut for the next nine years before moving to the Germond family farm in Sudbury, Vermont, in 1954. There, they built the home in which they would raise their five children and live together for the remainder of their respective lives.
Mary believed strongly in service to others and served in a variety of volunteer and professional capacities, most notably as Sudbury’s town clerk and treasurer for a decade, during which time she helped to guide the town through myriad challenges, including the construction of Sudbury’s Country School.
She also distinquished herself as an astute and capable town moderator through many years of town meetings and continued to serve Sudbury well into her 80s. Her compassionate side was always in evidence and her tireless devotion to various church-related and community causes endeared her to many.
Mary loved music and dancing. She studied piano at a young age, performed with her high school glee club and was active in the St. Mary’s Church choir for many years. The Germond house was the scene of countless jam sessions and more than a few legendary parties.
She was predeceased by her husband, Jim, on October 3, 2000; and is survived by their five children, Patricia Ketcham of Shaftsbury, Vt., Christine Morgan of Bomoseen, Vt., James Germond of Sudbury, Vt., Gerri Parker of Proctor, Vt., and Gina Germond of Sudbury, Vt., as well as nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She is also survived by her beloved brother, Franklin Tamiso of Stuart, Florida.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, February 23, 2013, at 11 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church in Brandon. Later burial will take place in the family lot in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Brandon.
Following the funeral Mass, there will be a gathering of family and friends at the Brandon Inn in Brandon. Friends may call at the Miller and Ketcham Funeral Home, 26 Franklin St. in Brandon, on Friday, February 22, 2013, from 2-7 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Misty Heather Morn Community Care, PO Box 176, Hydeville, VT 05750.