Veilleux Funeral Home

8 Elm Street, Waterville, ME


Germaine O'Donnell Drake

August 28, 1925August 24, 2019

Germaine O’Donnell Drake, 93, passed away on August 24, 2019 at Pine Point Center in Scarborough, Maine. She was born in Waterville on August 28, 1925, the daughter of Patrick F. and Marie O’Donnell. Germaine graduated from Waterville High School and attended Thomas College. She was employed for many years at the Waterville Sentinel where she served as Administrative Assistant to three General Managers. She was also the Secretary-Treasurer of the Maine Daily Newspaper Publishers Association for a number of years. On November 14, 1970, Germaine married Robert G. Drake Sr. and divided their time between their home in Vassalboro and the camp which they built on Vinalhaven. They enjoyed sailing the coast of Maine and sharing their camp with family and friends. Everyone enjoyed the lobster and clam fests. Germaine and Robert also made several wonderful and memorable trips to Ireland. Germaine received her private pilot’s license in 1949, the male pilots referred to her as “ACE”. She was also an active member of the Kennebec Valley Ski Club. Following her retirement, Germaine was a member of the Central Maine Garden Club and a faithful fan of the New England Patriots. Her nieces loved their time with Germaine, she was fun loving, smart and adventurous, they all thought she was cool and they admired her greatly. Germaine was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church, where she was a Christian Doctrine teacher and was the first secretary of the Sacred Heart Parish Council. After later moving to Vassalboro, she was a communicant of St. Bridget Catholic Church. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert G. Drake Sr., her parents, her brothers Charles, Francis and Leon, and her sisters Lucille, Constance Brown and Catherine Borucki. Germaine is survived by her stepchildren, Mrs. Edwin (Mary Anita) Wyman of Manchester, Mrs. William (Jacqueline) Boch of California and Robert G. Drake Jr. of Scarborough. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, step grandchildren, and step-great grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Sacred Heart Church, 70 Pleasant Street in Waterville on Friday September 6 at 11:00 AM. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Maine Press Association Bob Drake Young Writers Award, PO Box 336, Camden Maine 04843 Arrangements are under the care and direction of Veilleux Funeral Home.


  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, September 6, 2019


Germaine O'Donnell Drake

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Jamal Parham

August 28, 2019

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