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Memorial created 01-9-2007 by
Abbie Elliott
Germaine Chipault
April 2 1944 - January 23 2006

This online memorial was created in loving memory of Germaine Chipault, whose life story is told throughout this memorial website. Please sign Geri's guest book and let us know you came to visit. We will remember Geri forever.


Germaine Chipault died on January 23, 2006 at University of Michigan Hospital of complications from the lung cancer she had fought for 10 years. The first child of Jacques and Dorothy Chipault, Geri was born in Austin, MN on April 2, 1944, and grew up there with her brother Raymond. She earned a bachelorís degree in art history at Carleton College in 1966, followed by a masterís degree in social work at the University of Michigan in 1968. Her professional career in clinical social work focused on children and families. She was employed successively at the Ypsilanti State Hospital, the University of Michigan and Mott Childrenís Hospitals, and the Huron Valley Consultation Center. By 1985 her attention had turned to issues of interpersonal conflict, and she became expert in conflict management.


Convinced of the value of introducing peer conflict management in grade schools, Geri became a consultant and in-service trainer for teachers and parents in schools in Ann Arbor and elsewhere in Michigan. For this and other community service she was awarded the Golden Apple Certificate for Exemplary Achievements by the superintendent of the Ann Arbor School Board in 1992, and the Women Who Make a Difference award by Church Women United. Geri spearheaded multicultural celebrations at Burns Park School. The significance of non-violent approaches to conflict brought her to an active participation in peace activities, notably in the Beyond War program (now the Foundation for Global Community), and with her husband she was the local coordinator for many events in this national program. Consistent with her belief in the unity of humankind, Geri worked tirelessly as a member and as president of the board of the Ecumenical Center and International Residence in Ann Arbor.


She was an active member of St. Clareís Episcopal Church, cherishing its participation with Temple Beth Emeth in Genesis of Ann Arbor. Geriís spiritual being was continually renewed and enriched by time in wilderness areas. She was a strong Minnesota woman who paddled and portaged her own canoe through life. Loons spoke to her. Living far from the woods and lakes of the Minnesota North Country, Geri took extra pleasure in her vacation home near Northport on the shore of Lake Michigan in the Leelanau Peninsula. She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Frederick C. Neidhardt, and their son Marc F. Chipault. Surviving family include Geriís mother, Dorothy Chipault of Rochester, MN, brother Raymond of Woodside, CA, step-daughter Jane Neidhardt of St. Louis, MO, step-son Richard Neidhardt of Olympia, WA, and sister-in-law Carol Karsner of Falls Church, VA, and their spouses and children. Contributions in Geriís honor may be made to the Friends Committee on National Legislation, the Leelanau Conservancy, or any peace advocacy or nature support agency of the donorís choice.


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