ST. ALBANS — Lucille Giroux Rolfe, age 86 years, passed away on Jan. 13, 2015 at the Franklin County Rehab Center after a brief illness. She was born in St. Albans on June 19, 1928, daughter of the late Philisa and Phyllis Giroux. Lucy had a deeply instilled and strong work ethic. She was employed by various banks in New York and Vermont and ended her career as a federal employee for the former Immigration and Naturalization Service in 1993. Throughout retirement, Lucy stayed active in the community. She volunteered her time at Northwestern Medical Center and attended many Franklin County Senior Center events. She belonged to American Legion Auxiliary Unit #1 as well as other clubs and organizations in the area. She was a devout Catholic, and was a member of St. Mary’s Church in St. Albans.
There are many words that can describe Lucy, but these words describe her best: loyal, kind, generous, resilient, independent, determined, and smart. She would never turn her back on those close to her, no matter how difficult the situation. She was pleasant to others and never turned down an opportunity to have a conversation. She always put others in front of herself. She often bought gifts and baked desserts for her family members. Although her body weakened in her later years, Lucy’s strong will kept her busy and in her house until very recently.
She is survived by her daughter, Mary Chagnon and her husband, James, of Berkshire; her son, Michael Friz of Fairfield; grandchildren Miranda Friz, Jason and his wife Erin, Heather, Stephanie, and Jamie Chagnon; great-grandchildren Gabriel, Jacob, Ameilia, and Nathaniel Friz-Trillo, and James and Alexander Chagnon. She also leaves her brother, Bernard Giroux of Albuquerque, N.M., a friend, Dan Locke, who was always willing to lend her a helping hand when needed, and many nieces and nephews and their families. In addition to her parents, Lucy was predeceased by her husband John Rolfe and her brothers Norman and Lionel Giroux.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 in St. Mary’s Church. Interment will be in the spring in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Her family will receive condolences in the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home, 86 South Main St., Friday, January 16, from 3 to 5 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Franklin County Senior Center, 75 Messenger St., St. Albans, VT 05478. Online condolences may be sent to her family at the funeral home website: www.bradyandlevesque.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home and Commemorative Services.