Mary C. Murphy, age 94, of Delano, joined her heavenly Father peacefully Saturday, June 27, 2015, at the Legacy of Delano.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place Wednesday, July 8 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Delano. There will be visitation at the church from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the Mass, with a 9:30 a.m. rosary service. Mary will be laid to rest next to Hugh at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Mary requested that memorials be sent to Catholic Relief. Arrangements are with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.
Mary was born Dec. 1, 1920, on a farm in Credit River, MN, to Michael and Dorothy (Cougar) Streiff, Sr., where she lived until she married Hugh T. Murphy April 23, 1941.
The couple originally lived in Credit River, and later moved to Delano, where they farmed for several years. They then moved to Prior Lake, and continued to farm. In 1963, Mary and Hugh moved back to Delano and bought a farm there.
Mary loved gardening in the spring and summer, playing cards always, dancing any time, spending time with friends and family, and of course, playing the piano.
She and Hugh spent over 18 years as snowbirds in Texas, where they made many friends whom they stayed in touch with even after they were no longer able to make the trip.
After moving into the Legacy, Mary was pleased she could continue to play the piano for the residents and also to assist with the church services held there every week.
Mary had a strong Catholic faith. She attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in Delano, where she was a member of the Rosary Society.
Mary was loved by many, who will miss her and always keep her in their hearts.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Hugh; son Stephen; grandson-in-law Richie Schmidt; brothers John and Leo; and sisters and brothers-in-law Ann and Ambros Hauer, Rita Murphy and John Murphy, Marcella and Joe Pieper, Veronica and Joe Thelen, and Lenora Streiff.
Mary is survived by her children, Jeanne (Dick) Penn, Susan (Larry) Reich, and Kenneth (Penni) Murphy; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-granddaughter; a sister, Collette (Don) Andersen; a brother, Michael (Carol) Streiff; daughter-in-law Dianne Murphy; sisters-in-law Catherine Streiff, Marlene Streiff and Pat Murphy; and many nieces and nephews.