Jeanne (Fenlon) Giroux

November 25th, 2019

Jeanne (Fenlon) Giroux, age 85, of Wilmington, passed away surrounded by loving family on November 25, 2019.

Jeanne was born on May 29, 1934 in Winthrop, MA; she was the daughter of the late John and Beatrice (Gillespie) Fenlon. Jeanne was raised in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School Class of 1952. She then went to Melrose Hospital School of Nursing to earn her Registered Nursing Diploma.

Jeanne met the love of her life Howard (Tad) Giroux in 1954 on a blind date while Tad was in the Marine Corps. and Jeanne was in Nursing School. After writing many love letters, Jeanne and Tad went on to marry in 1956 at St. Williams Church in Tewksbury and the two were inseparable ever since that day.

Shortly after, Jeanne and Tad began a family. They proudly shared 63 years of unconditional love and many, many fond times together. Jeanne had great memories of being one of the “Silver Lake Girls” and eighty years later, Jeanne was proud to share that she was still best friends with many of those she grew up with.

During their years of raising six children, they hosted many fun-filled family events and always had an open-door policy for all. For many years, the Giroux family would open their backyard swimming pool to all the campers and volunteers from Camp 40 Acres Special Needs Program, and the year would not be complete without the Annual Christmas Eve Open House.

Jeanne was a valued employee of New England Pediatrics in Billerica and proudly cared for children and young adults with severe special needs for 36 years. She opened her home on holidays for many of the residents who did not have a home to celebrate in. As a healthcare provider, Jeanne understood the importance of medical research and was a participant of the Nurses Study, starting in the 1950’s, and later, a participant of the MGH Alzheimer’s and Dementia Research Project.

Jeanne’s pride and joy was her family. She had great memories of the family ski trips and vacations in Maine and New Hampshire. Her nearest and dearest oldest son Kevin was the center of all Jeanne’s family memories. She led by example and taught her children compassion, resilience, courage and independence. Jeanne’s children and grandchildren were the center of her world. She could always be found cheering them on at field hockey, soccer, lacrosse & football fields, tracks, basketball courts, ice rinks and music & dance recitals. She was also an active Girl Scout leader when her girls were young, which meant her living room was filled from floor to ceiling with GS cookies. She never complained or missed an important family event and always had a smile on her face and a story to share.

Jeanne was the beloved wife of Howard “Tad” Giroux, devoted mother of the late Kevin Giroux, Michele (Giroux) Higgs & her husband Steve of Bradenton FL, Robin (Giroux) Halpin & her fiancé Ken Demps of Waterford, MI, Lisa (Giroux) Bozzella & her husband Michael, Eddie Giroux & his wife Brenda and John Giroux & his wife Carolyn, all of Wilmington. Loving “Nana” of Michael, Brianne & Jesse, Devin, the late Josh, the late Ryan Mary & Nolan, Chad & Shelby, Patrick, Joey, Shawn & Steven and Kelly, Michaela & Madisyn. Jeanne was the dear sister to Beatrice “Bea” (Fenlon) Boring & her husband Ed of Aldie, VA, Geri (Fenlon) Gotaas & her husband Arnold “Arnie” of Muskegon, MI, John “Paul” Fenlon of Tewksbury & the late Barbara Fenlon and Donna (Fenlon) Mutchler & her husband Bruce of Plymouth, and special sister-in-law, Ginny Fenlon of Hampton, NH.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, November 30th at 11:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, November 29th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jeanne’s memory may be made to New England Pediatric Care, 78 Boston Rd, North Billerica, MA 01862 or Special Olympics of Massachusetts, 36 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116.


18 Entries in Guest Book for “Jeanne (Fenlon) Giroux”

  1. Roisin Robinson says:

    Sending our deepest sympathy to you all at this sad time. We hope the happy memories you have of time spent with your dear mum will help you through this difficult time. God bless and may she rest in peace. Love from The Robinsons – Ireland x

  2. Boston Clipper Dianne Greenberg says:

    Sending our sympathy to you all. We are praying for you and your family through this difficult time.
    God bless
    Ronnie, Dianne, and Ronnie jr

  3. Laura Stoolmiller says:

    What a wonderful obituary. You have a very special family. I am so sorry for your loss.

    The Stoolmiller Family

  4. Susan Onessimo/Taylor says:

    I’m so very sorry for everyones loss , I loved Jeanne ????.Susan @Lakeside Hair

  5. Susan Onessimo/Taylor says:

    I’m so very sorry for everyones loss , I loved Jeanne .Susan @Lakeside Hair

  6. Sandy laliberte says:

    May your wonderful memories console you at this time. Sorry for your loss.

  7. Robert Robertson says:

    The Robertson family in Jacksonville, FL sending our deepest sympathy to your family. Jean is with Marlene and Alva in Heaven.

  8. donna field says:

    Lisa soo sorry for your loss. Your mom was a wonderful lady always so welcoming. I know you will all miss her greatly but I know each of you will carry her in your hearts and how you live your lives. Sorry I will be away or would attend services.

    Love and prayers, Donna and Dick.

  9. Michele Higgs says:

    Mom, you taught your children and grand children well. You led by example. May each of us live our lives and continue your legacy of showing compassion and understanding to those less fortunate than us. I will always start my day with a blessing and a grateful heart that God picked you to be my Mom. Until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of his hand. Love, Michele

  10. Gay Marie Rinker says:

    Dear Michele and family, I am so sorry for your loss. As you reflect on your mothers life and her gifts to you, please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. A cardinal flew by me on my walk yesterday. “When a cardinal appears in your yard, its a visitor from heaven”. Love & Blessing – Gay

  11. Debbie Polito Bozzella Addario says:

    Lisa and family,
    So sorry to hear the loss of your mother. She was a beautiful lady
    Inside and out. May God Bless all of you at this most difficult
    Debbie Addario

  12. Tom Elder says:

    Michele, I love you and on this Thanksgiving I give thanks to your beloved mother who, along with your dear father, brought you along to be the wonderful person you are. God’s blessings are upon you.
    Tom Elder and Mary Johnson

  13. Tracey McHugh says:

    Jeanne was a very special person. Her warm, welcoming manner was present every time I saw her. She was devoted to Tad and the lovely family they created and her spirit will live on in each of you. She touched so many lives in such positive ways and she will be missed dearly. Love and healing wishes to all of her beloved family at this difficult time.

  14. Janice Quandt says:

    I am so so sorry for the loss of Jeanne. Wish I could attend all, but unable to walk steadily. Jeanne you were a wonderful person and never forgot you. I know my father really appreciated you for all the things you did for your family. You were an angel on earth to many and now you are with God and he will take over. Rest in Peace. Janice Quandt, classmate

  15. Kim (Huebner) McNeil says:

    I was saddened to learn of the passing of your mom. I have wonderful memories of working with her @ New England Pediatric Center (back when it was BayState). Jeanne’s warm and caring personality is what I remember most. Thinking of you. RIP Jeanne.

  16. Ken Gotaas says:

    The entire Colorado Gotaas Family are so deeply saddened by the news of Jeanne’s passing. I remember how fun and adventurous the summers in Wilmington at Jeanne’s home were when I was growing up! She was the most caring individual and always had a smile on her face. She will be missed our hearts are with you all! Rest in Peace Jeanne Love, Ken Heather Karlee and Maya

  17. Brian McGrath says:

    Our sincere condolences to all of the Giroux family. We were sad to hear the news of the passing of your dear mother. My mom spoke of her often in recent years, and I know that she really appreciated her friendship. Sending our prayers for your family.

  18. Dotty Surrette says:

    Dear, dear Jeanne,
    We won’t be talking or seeing each other for a little while Jeanne. I just wanted you to know that I shall never forget your sweet face, your silly giggle or all of the memories we have shared over seventy five years of friendship!! I shall never forget because all of this is etched on my heart. You are sadly missed Jeanne but never forgotten. I’ll see you later Jeanne, Love Dotty

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