Lucille Jane Gioffre Eyre, of Avondale, PA, formerly of Wilmington, Delaware & Landenberg, Pennsylvania passed away on November 13, 2021 at the age of 88.
As the eldest girl in a family of 11 children, Lucille took on the role of assistant mom without complaint (mostly). She was a guide to her younger siblings and her own family spanning four generations. Lucille had a beautiful voice and sang as a lead performer in Ursuline Operettas and at weddings. She met Bill, the love of her life, at a school dance. They danced through 68 wonderful years of marriage. She was a 1947 graduate of Christ Our King Elementary, a 1951 graduate of Ursuline Academy, and she was a member of the Goldey Beacom/DuPont Work/Study Program in 1952.
She worked for DuPont as a stenographer, then left to become the mother of six children. She was an aide at Lombardy school. Later she worked at Delaware Trust in Adjustments.
Lucille was admired for her thoughtfulness, kindness, and generosity. She had immense, unconditional love for all of her family and her greatest joy in her final years was in her connection with the wee ones. She was small in stature, but a “Tower of Power” and fierce advocate for people who were near and dear to her.
She was an accomplished cook who always made room at the table for guests and knew how to make everyone who came to her house feel at home. She loved sunning on the porch, walking in her neighborhood and on the beach in Cape May arm in arm with Bill, and reading inspiring literature. She was selfless, strong and faced the challenges in her life with courage and grace. We will miss her greatly.
Lucille is predeceased by her parents Frank and Freda (Blizzard) Gioffre; her son William Hardy Eyre, III; siblings Joseph and Marge Gioffre, Ralph and Audrey Gioffre, Irene and Al Hannum, Dominic “Hub” Gioffre (Eileen), and Frank J. “Speedy” Gioffre (Barb) and nieces and nephews Kevin (godson), Craig, Michelle, Kayla Elizabeth, and Kathleen Anne.
She is survived by her husband William Hardy Eyre, Jr.; children Susan Vanella (Michael), Betty Sweeny (Stephen), Brian Eyre (Angela), Carolyn Isakoff (Douglas) and Amy Eyre; siblings Marion and James Buddo, George and Joanne Gioffre, William and Linda Gioffre, Elizabeth and Bob Beste, and Deborah Gioffre; 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
A Viewing will be held from 9:45-10:45 am on Friday, November 19, 2021 at Holy Rosary Church, 3200 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, Delaware. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 am. Burial will be at Lawn Croft Cemetery for family.
All are welcome to send flowers to the church or make a private donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.htm