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Roy and Juanita Germone

Roy and Juanita Germone

Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 1:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 1:53 p.m.

Roy and Juanita (Babbitt) Germone spent Christmas day with their family members celebrating the holiday as well as two other special occasions, their 70th wedding anniversary, and Roy’s 93rd birthday.

Roy was born and raised in Sebastopol on Germone Road, named after his father, Joseph Germone. He attended UC Medical Center School of Pharmacy in San Francisco. One day, while he was working at Roth Pharmacy, a lovely lady came by who caught his eye. He was so smitten, that he inquired if the owner knew who she was. The owner told him that she lived a few blocks away but warned that he didn’t have much of a chance with her because there was too much competition. His charm and persistence paid off and despite the owner’s advice to the contrary, about a month after they met, she agreed to go out with him. Roy had just graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree when they went on their first date. He took Juanita to dinner at the historic Palace Hotel where Xavier Cugat and his band were playing live music that evening. About six months later, they had a church wedding in San Francisco on Dec. 31, 1942.

Roy served as a pharmacist in the Army Medical Corps 154th General Hospital, Swindon, England from 1942 to 1946. He fondly remembers that after the war, a celebration was held in a large auditorium in London, with 4,000 GI’s in attendance. After the awards were given, the main attraction of the day was a table tennis match between the American champion and Roy, who was chosen to represent the Army. Even though he lost the game 21-18, it was an exciting, entertaining match and he said it was the best game he ever played in his life.

In 1950, the couple moved to Santa Rosa, where Roy opened Germone’s Pharmacy, a fixture in the downtown area for 34 years until he retired. In addition to being a housewife, Juanita worked as a fashion model in department stores. The Selma native excelled at anything physical. As a young woman, she had been a gymnast and an outstanding ice skater. Juanita also enjoyed the hobby of oil painting, specializing in wild animals.

Roy was a charter member of the Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club, a membership that lasted for over sixty years. One of his best golf moments took place at the Pukalani Golf Course in Maui. He managed to hit the ball on the green at a 321 yard hole. He was told by a pro that no one had ever achieved that feat before.

In 2006, Juanita suffered a physical ailment that restricted her movements. Instead of placing her in a convalescent hospital as was suggested, Roy has acted as a 24-hour caregiver, which he considers an honor because he loves her so much.

Their family members include: son, Larry, and his wife, Judy, of Redding; and Gary of San Bruno. They have four grandchildren.

Roy’s relationship advice is, “We believe that a long and happy marriage is only possible when both individuals learn to sacrifice their enjoyment for each other, but be sure to keep your fingers crossed.”

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