Sister Michelle Germanson, OP

July 14, 1944 - October 21, 2020

Sister Michelle Germanson, OP, died Oct. 21, 2020, at MacNeal Hospital, Berwyn, Illinois.

Sister Michelle made her first religious profession as a Dominican Sister of Sinsinawa on Jan. 10, 1965, and her perpetual profession on May 10, 1970. She taught for 11 years and served as principal for nine years before becoming dean of students at Rosary College (now Dominican University), River Forest, Illinois, for six years. Sister Michelle’s most awesome contribution to education was as president and president emerita of Trinity High School, River Forest. Her tremendous energy and joy brought the love of sweet Jesus into every aspect of her life and ministries. She served in Illinois and Colorado.

In the Archdiocese of Denver, Sister Michelle was principal at Sts. Peter and Paul School in Wheat Ridge 1977-1986.

Sister Michelle was born July 14, 1944, in Dixon, Ill., the daughter of Herbert and Florence (Blackburn) Germanson. Her parents; two brothers, Daniel Germanson and James Germanson; and a nephew preceded her in death. She is survived by a nephew, cousins and her Dominican Sisters with whom she shared 55 years of religious life.

The funeral Mass was held at the Dominican motherhouse, Sinsinawa, Nov. 6, followed by burial in the Motherhouse Cemetery. Repeat broadcasts of the wake and funeral for Sister Michelle are available online at Click on the “on demand” tab.

Memorials may be made to the Sinsinawa Dominicans, 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI, 53824-9701 or at online. Contributions for a Trinity High School scholarship in Sister Michelle’s memory may be made at