Barbara F. Girard, 68, Vero Beach

Barbara F. Girard, 68 of Vero Beach and Marstons Mills, died Monday, Oct. 11, 2010, in her home after a courageous, yearlong battle with cancer.

Girard was born in Worcester, the daughter of Harold J. and Constance (Luperchio) Olson. She was a 1959 graduate of the former High School of Commerce.

Girard was a human resources manager at Macy’s on Cape Cod for 16 years and had also been a special needs teacher’s aide at the Mill Swan School in Worcester.

She was a member of St. Helen’s Church in Vero Beach, was a Eucharistic minister there and provided religious education to special needs adults through the CARE program. She was a member of the Red Hats Society and was a very active member of the social club at her condominium complex in Vero Beach.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, travelling, trips to the casino and was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years Charles L. Girard; son, C. Jeffrey (Nancy) Girard, of Marstons Mills; three daughters, Jamie M. (Ed Buczak) Girard, of Spencer, Jennifer A. Lahteine, and Jodi C. (Ricky) Greene, of Worcester; her brother, Harold J. (Susan) Olson, Jr., of Auburn; four grandchildren, Nicole, Emily, Christopher and Emma; and several nephews, nieces and cousins.

The funeral is Friday, Oct. 15, from O’Connor Brothers Funeral Home, 592 Park Avenue, Worcester with a Mass at 11 a.m. in Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 600 Cambridge Street, Worcester. Burial will be private.

Calling hours are Thursday, Oct. 14, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Abilities Resource Center, 1375 15th Ave., Vero Beach, 32960.

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