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Loretta Murphy

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Loretta K. Murphy, age 99, a life-long New Hampton resident, died Friday March 15, 2013, at the New Hampton Nursing and Rehab Center. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Holy Family Parish-St. Joseph Center, New Hampton with Rev. Mark Osterhaus celebrating the Mass. The pall will be placed on the casket by her children. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, New Hampton. Friends may greet the family 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at the Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home in New Hampton where there will be a 4:00 p.m. parish scripture service. Visitation continues an hour prior to the funeral at the church on Wednesday. Loretta Rose Murphy was born June 27, 1913, in New Hampton, IA, the daughter of Albert J. and Mary C. (Simon) Klenske. She received her education in New Hampton and was the valedictorian of the New Hampton High School Class of 1931. Shortly after high school, she began working for the New Hampton Tribune newspaper. On October 11, 1934, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, New Hampton, she married Gerald T. Murphy. To this union five children were born. The couple made New Hampton their home, and Loretta raised her family and also spent many evenings posting tract indices for her husband at the G.T. Murphy Abstracter office. Her husband Gerald died on June 3, 1980, at the age of 69. Loretta was an active member at St. Joseph Church, Catholic Daughters of America, and Rosary Society. She was a charter member of St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary. Loretta loved playing in her numerous card clubs including her current club, 'Fleur de Lis'. Survivors include three daughters, Sally (Ted) Katzmark of Cedar Rapids, Susan Koezly of Coon Rapids, MN, Laurie (Jim) Davis of Charles City; two sons, Walter (Glennda) Murphy of New Hampton, Tom (Angela) Murphy of Caledonia, MN; seventeen grandchildren; twenty-four great grandchildren; two great-great- grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Gertrude Klenske of New Hampton. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Lawrence Klenske and Lee Francis Klenske; one sister, Lucille Bates; a grandson, Patrick Murphy; son-in-law, Edwin Koezly.

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  1. To Wally, Glennda & family. Our sincerest sympathy to you all. May your memories be a comfort to you. I remember Loretta at the basketball games. She enjoyed watching them. Our love & prayers, Muriel & Herman Meyer

  2. To Wally, Glennda, and the entire Murphy family, we wish to send our condolences. (Sorry we did not post this sooner. We were gone over the weekend and are just getting caught up.) ~ Kathy and George Bouska

  3. Dear Wally and Glenda and all the Murphy families: I didn’t know of your mothers passing until today. She always giggled and called me Rose, we were twins that way! She was a delight to visit with, and so sharp, we wil always remember her walking to her home from church and being in Mass. It was very important to her. My sympathies to all of you, enjoy the fun memories, I am sure there are many. Sharon Trewin

  4. Dear Wally, Glennda and all the Murphy family, My sympathy goes out to all of you, and you are all in my prayers. Loretta was a special person – always so nice and friendly. Rose Baltes

  5. I lite this candle for your mother from my mother Lorraine Busta. They sat at the same table in the nursing home. She told me your mom was hoping to make 100, that will have to be in heaven. Know that my mom is thinking of her. God Bless! Oh and by the way I met your mother, she had the very same room my mother in law had 4 years ago. Brought back memories.

  6. All the Murphy’s our sincere sympathy goes out to you all, our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God Bless.

  7. Susan, Sally, Wally, Tom, Laurie and families; I so enjoyed visiting with your mother over the last few years both at Kennsington Place and at the Rehab center. She still called me ‘Speltzie’ and that always started out our conversations with a good laugh. It was always fun to visit about all the memories through out the years. Our sincere sympathy and prayers as you mourn her passing. She was a wonderful lady. Marilu Buckendahl

  8. Wally,Glennda, & family, Our sincere sympathy and prayers to all of your family. Loretta lived a good long life and is now at peace in her eternal kingdom. May you all remember the memories you had of your mom, grandmother, & great-grandmother. Merle & Karen

  9. Laurie, Wally, Tom, and families – so sorry to hear of the passing of Loretta. You are all so lucky that you got to spend so many years with her. I have lots of memories of her while growing up. Keep all the memories of her close to your hearts. Prayers and love sent out to all of you.

  10. Mr and Mrs Wally Murphy,Kevin and the rest of the family. My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your mother and grandmother. May God wrap you and yours in his love at this time of loss.. May your memories comfort you for the rest of the days until you meet your loved one again in heaven. Amen Wendy Snyder Finan class of 89

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