OBITUARY

Kathleen H. Murphy

March 21, 1927February 5, 2019
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Kathleen Helen (Kobza) Murphy, age 91, of Fairhaven, passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at home. She was the wife of the late Paul Powers Murphy, who passed away in 1989.

Born in Fairhaven, a daughter of the late Charles Kobza Sr. and Mary (Mahoney) Kobza, she had resided in Fairhaven for most of her life. She was a graduate of Fairhaven High School, class of 1944, and happily attended her class reunions.

Mrs. Murphy began her career at New England Telephone Company in New Bedford, working at Camp Edwards during the war and faithfully worked for the company for over 40 years, retiring as manager.

Following retirement, she worked for Oxford Family Eye Care, Southcoast Hospitals Group and M.O. Life.

She was a very proud advocate for people with disabilities and provided resources when no resources were available. She lovingly helped her husband with his challenges. While serving at M.O. Life, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award and served as Chairperson on the Board of Directors. She was the proud recipient of proclamations from the State Senate, US Senate, House of Representatives and the Town of Fairhaven as well as recognition from the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office. Kathleen was a strong woman of faith who was kind, loving and always had a smile on her face. She was very supportive of the Sacred Hearts Community and St. Mary’s Parish. Kathleen went on a pilgrimage to Molokai, Hawaii to walk in the footsteps of St. Damien. Her family would like to acknowledge the care and compassion of Bayada, Coastline Elderly and Kindred Hospice and the loving care provided by her private caregivers, Maria, Melissa, Rebecca and Margaret.

Her family includes two sons, Michael J. Murphy and his wife Susan of Fairhaven and Charles K. Murphy Sr. and his wife Caroline of Fairhaven who was a daughter-in-law by marriage but a daughter for her love of her; her grandchildren, Patrick Murphy, Timothy Murphy and his wife Patience, Daniel Murphy, Erin Murphy, Alyssa K. Murphy, Charles K. Murphy Jr. (CJ) and foster grandson, Hunter Lopes; great-grandchildren, Liam Murphy, Donovan Murphy, Paige Murphy and her little caregiver and love, Alanah Murphy; her special niece, Ellen Davison of Tulare, CA, who gave up so much to care selflessly for Kathleen; her dear friend, Connie Monopoli of Fairhaven who visited her each day while in rehab; a family member who was like a daughter, Vanessa Hemsley; a cousin Bill O’Brien of GA; her in-law Louis Carreiro (Caroline's Dad); and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her siblings, Charles Kobza Jr., Ernest Kobza and Elizabeth “Betty” Wirth.

Her Funeral will be held on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 10am from the Waring-Sullivan Home at Fairlawn, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven followed by a Funeral Mass at 11am in St. Mary’s Parish, 440 Main St., Fairhaven. Burial in Riverside Cemetery. Visiting hours Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 4-8pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Paul and Kathleen Murphy M.O. Life Memorial Scholarship Fund, 43 Daniel St., Fairhaven, MA 02719 or St. Mary’s Parish, 41 Harding Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719. For online tributes please visit: www.waring-sullivan.com

  • DONATIONS

  • Paul & Kathleen Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • St. Mary's Church

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, February 7, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, February 8, 2019
  • Burial Friday, February 8, 2019
REMEMBERING

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Joe Borelli

February 8, 2019

To the Murphy Family:

I am so sorry for our loss. I loved the times Mrs. Murphy and I spent together. I would pick her up, take her to lunch and on a good day we would walk on West Island beach. She never grew old, she could talk about any subject, a real conversationalist. She was a sweet person and always a pleasure to be with.

Joe Borelli

Joan Swain

February 8, 2019

To the Family of Kay,
I worked with Kay many years ago at the Telephone Company. For many years she and I lived in the same neighborhood, Kay on Durfee St and I on Acorn St.
I was sorry I was unable to attend the wake and the Mass and wanted to send my condolences to the family on her loss. She was a friendly and kind lady.
She will be missed.

Please accept my deepest sympathy on Kay's passing. Joan Swain

Debbie (Ferreira Furtado) Jobert

February 8, 2019

Auntie Kit always went out of her way to make sure we felt included as family even after my parents moved. She came with Uncle Paul to visit me and my children in our various homes over the years. "Going out of her way" to help others is how I will always remember her. Her sons, my cousins, carry on that legacy with their life choices and I am so proud of you both. I am sorry for your loss. I know her passing won't be easy for you. I hope your memories comfort you and make you smile. I could not be at the services due to illness but I hope to see you soon. I am glad that Aunt Kit is with so many of her loved ones she's missed so much. Still, I am sorry for your loss Charlie, Carrie, Mike, Sue and your families. <3

Love, Debbie and family

Cathy Melanson

February 7, 2019

Your mom was a very sweet lady and touched a lot of people, she will be remembered always. You have my deepest sympathy.

Cara Connelly

February 7, 2019

To the Murphy Family,
My deepest condolences to you all. May your many loving memories comfort you during this most difficult time.

Cara

suzanne blais

February 7, 2019

Charlie and Family, May the memories of your Mom comfort you and be forever in your heart. With Sympathy, Suzanne and Amanda Blais and Family.

Pat Reynolds

February 7, 2019

She was such a loving person with such a big heart she was a second mom to many of us. She will be missed always in our hearts. ❤❤❤❤❤

Evelyn Ferreira

February 6, 2019

I remember many wonderful occasions with Auntie Kit:
Walking down Blackburn Street with Auntie Kit on one side of me and Auntie Betty on the other side, all of us holding hands, with them swinging me (I was about 3 or 4 at the time).
Asking Auntie Kit to be my Godmother at my Confirmation and the beautiful cross she gave me and which I still have , 61 years later.
The thrill I felt when she asked me to be her Junior Bridesmaid at her wedding.
How pleased I and my family felt when she and Nana and cousins visited me and Tom when we lived in a trailer in Fayetteville, North Carolina during the Berlin Crisis.
So many memories, such a wonderful woman. See you in heaven some day in the future.
Love, Evelyn

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Biography

Kathleen Helen (Kobza) Murphy, age 91, of Fairhaven, passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at home. She was the wife of the late Paul Powers Murphy, who passed away in 1989.

Born in Fairhaven, a daughter of the late Charles Kobza Sr. and Mary (Mahoney) Kobza, she had resided in Fairhaven for most of her life. She was a graduate of Fairhaven High School, class of 1944, and happily attended her class reunions.

Mrs. Murphy began her career at New England Telephone Company in New Bedford, working at Camp Edwards during the war and faithfully worked for the company for over 40 years, retiring as manager.

Following retirement, she worked for Oxford Family Eye Care, Southcoast Hospitals Group and M.O. Life.

She was a very proud advocate for people with disabilities and provided resources when no resources were available. She lovingly helped her husband with his challenges. While serving at M.O. Life, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award and served as Chairperson on the Board of Directors. She was the proud recipient of proclamations from the State Senate, US Senate, House of Representatives and the Town of Fairhaven as well as recognition from the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office. Kathleen was a strong woman of faith who was kind, loving and always had a smile on her face. She was very supportive of the Sacred Hearts Community and St. Mary’s Parish. Kathleen went on a pilgrimage to Molokai, Hawaii to walk in the footsteps of St. Damien. Her family would like to acknowledge the care and compassion of Bayada, Coastline Elderly and Kindred Hospice and the loving care provided by her private caregivers, Maria, Melissa, Rebecca and Margaret.

Her family includes two sons, Michael J. Murphy and his wife Susan of Fairhaven and Charles K. Murphy Sr. and his wife Caroline of Fairhaven who was a daughter-in-law by marriage but a daughter for her love of her; her grandchildren, Patrick Murphy, Timothy Murphy and his wife Patience, Daniel Murphy, Erin Murphy, Alyssa K. Murphy, Charles K. Murphy Jr. (CJ) and foster grandson, Hunter Lopes; great-grandchildren, Liam Murphy, Donovan Murphy, Paige Murphy and her little caregiver and love, Alanah Murphy; her special niece, Ellen Davison of Tulare, CA, who gave up so much to care selflessly for Kathleen; her dear friend, Connie Monopoli of Fairhaven who visited her each day while in rehab; a family member who was like a daughter, Vanessa Hemsley; a cousin Bill O’Brien of GA; her in-law Louis Carreiro (Caroline's Dad); and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her siblings, Charles Kobza Jr., Ernest Kobza and Elizabeth “Betty” Wirth.

Her Funeral will be held on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 10am from the Waring-Sullivan Home at Fairlawn, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven followed by a Funeral Mass at 11am in St. Mary’s Parish, 440 Main St., Fairhaven. Burial in Riverside Cemetery. Visiting hours Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 4-8pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Paul and Kathleen Murphy M.O. Life Memorial Scholarship Fund, 43 Daniel St., Fairhaven, MA 02719 or St. Mary’s Parish, 41 Harding Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719. For online tributes please visit: www.waring-sullivan.com