Germaine L. Robichaud - Westford, Mass.

Germaine L. Robichaud - Westford, Mass.

Germaine L. (Lacroix) Robichaud, 90, of Westford, died Friday morning, Aug. 30, 2013, at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Mass. She was surrounded by family who blessed her journey with love and song.

Born in St. Pamphille, Quebec, Canada, on Aug. 12, 1923, Germaine was the daughter of the late Ludger Lacroix Sr. and Imelda (Bolduc) Lacroix. She was the second of 12 children born to the Lacroix family and was an integral participant in the raising and supporting of her own siblings.

Germaine married Frederique A. Robichaud on June 8, 1944, at St. Theresa’s Church in Blackstone, Mass., and settled in Woonsocket, R.I. She was a former communicant of Precious Blood Church.

Germaine was extremely hardworking and focused, and was rarely seen at rest. She became the family’s sole breadwinner for nearly a decade after her husband suffered a terrible work injury, and often held two or three jobs at once. Foremost, she owned and operated a busy beauty salon for many years and had many devoted clientele.

Acquired during her own upbringing, Germaine possessed the know-how to care for a lot with a little. She successfully raised six children and was a resourceful, creative individual who adamantly opposed the waste of opportunity in all forms. She loved cooking, gardening, knitting and crafting, and donated much of her creative work for the help and benefit of others. She also was a lover of animals.

Fred and Germaine moved to Deltona, Fla., in 1986 to take advantage of the health benefits the warmer climate offered, but traveled to Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York as often as they could to visit their children and grandchildren. Always the caregiver, Germaine devoted herself to caring for her husband as he approached the end of his life. She remained in Florida after Fred passed away in early 1992, and only recently returned to New England as her own health declined.

Germaine is survived by her children and their spouses, Jacques and Linda Robichaud, Woonsocket, R.I., Allen and Mary Robichaud, Woonsocket, R.I., Andre and Joan Robichaud, Exeter, R.I., Lisa Robichaud, Marietta, Ga., and Thomas and Muriel (Robichaud) Prentice, Westford, Mass.; her brother, Raymond Lacroix, Lac de L’Est, Quebec; her four sisters, Cecile (Lacroix) Doyon, Deltona, Fla.; Martha (Lacroix) Bourgault, Sorel, Quebec; Jeannine (Lacroix) Grannis, Las Vegas, Nev., and Denise (Lacroix) Gagnon, Manville, R.I.; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Germaine was predeceased by her son, Herve Robichaud; three brothers, Lucien Lacroix, Ludger Lacroix Jr., and Luc Lacroix; and three sisters, Rita (Lacroix) Chouinard, Therese Lacroix and Jeanne (Lacroix) Paul.

A service and burial will be held Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at 11 A.M. in the chapel in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Wrentham Road, Bellingham, MA. Arrangements are under the direction of the Holt Funeral Home, 510 South Main St., Woonsocket (www.holtfuneralhome.com).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Elder Valley Services of Merrimack Valley, Inc. (www.esmv.org) at 360 Merrimack Street, Building 5, 2nd Floor, Lawrence, MA 01843, or to Senior Services, Inc. (www.seniorservicesri.org) at 84 Social Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895.