Marjorie A. Murphy

  • Born: December 22, 1929
  • Died: November 30, 2019
  • Location: Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Koepsell-Murray Funeral & Cremation Services, Beaver Dam

N7199 N. Crystal Lake Road
Beaver Dam, WI 53916

Tel. (920) 885-6600

Tribute & Message From The Family

Marjorie A. Murphy, age 89, of Beaver Dam, died peacefully in her sleep in the company of her sons on Saturday, November 30, 2019 in Tucson, Arizona.

The visitation will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Horicon on Friday, December 6, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. until 11:50 a.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at the church on Friday at 12:00 noon with Fr. Michael J. Erwin officiating. Burial will be at St. Patrick Cemetery in Beaver Dam.

Marjorie Ann Ertz was born on December 22, 1929 to Raymond C. and Wilma (Heinrichs) Ertz in Lancaster, Wisconsin. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville with a B.A. in Elementary Education. While attending Platteville, Marjorie met the love of her life, Joseph V. Murphy. After graduation, they were married on July 19, 1952 in Lancaster. A job change in the early 1960s brought Marge and Joe to Beaver Dam where they settled down to raise their family. During that time, Marge kept busy with their four children while also working as a substitute teacher. She was an active member of St. Patrick's Church, sang in the church choir, was a loyal supporter of the Beaver Dam Community Theater, and was a member of the Beaver Dam Homemakers Club. Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings Marge was a regular at the YMCA. On the week-ends, she and the family enjoyed boating, water skiing and camping. Most of all, however, "Mudgie," which was her family nickname, loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren doing arts and crafts, attending their school activities or coordinating talent shows at the family cottage up north. For the past 20 plus winters, Marge also enjoyed spending the winter months with family and friends in Arizona. Marjorie was a member of St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Beaver Dam.

Survivors include her children, Terrence of Fall River, Patrick (Beth) of Green Bay, and Kelley (Jamie) of North Prairie; grandchildren, Sarah (Todd) Rollman, Kathryn and Mark (Lindsay) Murphy, Emily (Aaron) Embury and Erica (Curtis) DeQuaine, Brett and Barry Murphy, Michelle (Randy) Paul, Molly and Matthew Bredin; great grandchildren, Arlo, Silas, and Leo Embury and Will Murphy; her sister, Patricia Broihahn; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joseph; her daughter and son-in-law, Monica and Gregory Bredin; and her siblings, Mary Jane Ertz, Phyllis McLain, Jeanette Walsh, Ruth Bast, and Jerome Ertz.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I will miss seeing Marge at mass and at community theater. She was such a faithful, active parishioner with, always, a loving smile. She and Joe did much for our community.

Posted by Annette Kamps - Beaver Dam, WI - Friend   December 20, 2019

Karen and I are so saddened by Marge's passing. She was a wonderful person whom we will always remember.

Posted by Nicholas and Karen Moran - Tucson, AZ - Family Friend   December 09, 2019

Marge was one of my very favorite people ever. She subbed in my classroom many times and I always knew my students were in great hands. She was organized and oh so pleasant. I will miss her warm greetings and smile. My condolences to your family.

Posted by Judy Hein - Beaver Dam, WI   December 09, 2019

I'm sending my deepest sympathy in the passing of Marge. I really cared about your Mom and she was an inspiration to me as well as your Dad Joe. He will now have his Queen again. I first met Marge and Joe while visiting my Mom (Gail Altman) in Mesa and the trip they made to Moose Jaw which was extra special. She always had plans made for events even before I arrived and made sure we had fun. She will be so missed and her memory will live on in each of you.

Posted by Sherri Miller - Moose Jaw - Friend   December 06, 2019

We are so sorry to hear of Marges passing. I met Marge and Joe when they visited my mom( Gail Altman) in Moose Jaw and visits on our trips to Mesa . Condolences to her family and friends.

Posted by Michele Lix - Moose Jaw - Friend   December 06, 2019

So sorry for your loss. Marge was a great lady. I enjoyed our talks at church and at the Y. I am so glad we got to take the host and wine down at church the night before her flight to come to Arizona.
God Bless, I know she is in a better place and watching over all of you.

Posted by Delores Gorman - Beaver Dam, WI - Friend   December 06, 2019

We are so sorry for your mothers passing. She will surely be missed. Such a bright and happy spirit, she was always a pleasure to be around. I know your mom and dad from the Y and my husband got to to them from get togethers. God bless and comfort your family.
Unfortunately we are in AZ and won't be able to attend the services.

Posted by Chris Kujawa - Slinger, WI - Friend   December 05, 2019

I only knew Marge for a short time as we played cards at the Community Center. She was always so cheerful and friendly. She attended my 90th birthday party and was so looking forward to hers. I am sorry for your loss and mine too. May the Lord be with you at this time. LaVonne Zumm, Beaver Dam, WI.

Posted by LaVonne zumm - Beaver Dam, WI - Friend   December 03, 2019


I ran into Marge recently at the Van Haren luncheon. I was so happy to see her, especially since I missed her at Monica's funeral. She has always been one tough lady, and I will always appreciate her spirit. I'm sorry for all that your family has been through. Find strength in each other and know others are praying for you.

Posted by Jena Berg - Beaver Dam, WI - Family Friend   December 03, 2019

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