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Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home

145 East Mount Pleasant Ave, Livingston, NJ

OBITUARY

Katherine A. Murphy

August 27, 1935July 16, 2020
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Katherine A. Murphy, age 84, of Livingston, NJ, passed away peacefully, at home surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, July 16, 2020.

Katherine (Kathy) was born in Jersey City where she lived her early years through high school. She later married and raised her three children in Livingston. She began working part-time at Chubb Insurance in 1972 and worked her way through the ranks and eventually became a Vice President in the company. She thoroughly enjoyed her work at Chubb where she made a great impact and life-long friends before her retirement in 1998. After retirement, Kathy kept busy volunteering as Treasurer for AARP, and delivered meals to seniors through Motor Meals. She enjoyed golfing, bowling, painting, and annual trips to Delray Beach, FL to spend vacation time with dear friends. She was a strong, independent and accomplished woman who instilled those values in her children and grandchildren. She said, “Do not be afraid of a challenge; dig in and take it on.” Her greatest love was her children and grandchildren. Family was everything to her.

She was predeceased by her brother James Nurge.

She is survived by her devoted children, Jeannine Grabowski and her husband Paul of West Orange; Kristine Murphy of Monmouth Beach; and James Murphy and his wife Karen of Annandale; and her dear brother William Nurge.

Also surviving are her loving grandchildren Paul, Michael and Taylor Grabowski, Morgan Murphy, and many nieces and nephews.

The family would also like to extend a word of gratitude to the home health aides, Ma Celia Gratil and Susan Quiambao, who took loving care of Kathy in her last year of life. Their compassion and kindness will always be remembered.

Visitation will be held on July 22, 2020 at 6:00 at Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home, 145 East Mount Pleasant Ave, Livingston, NJ. Funeral Mass will be held on July 23, 2020 at 10:30 at St. Philomena’s Church, 386 S. Livingston Avenue, Livingston, NJ. Interment will be held at 12:30 at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 225 Ridgedale Avenue, East Hanover, NJ.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 22, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Thursday, July 23, 2020

  • Interment

    Thursday, July 23, 2020

Memories

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Paul Collinson

July 21, 2020

Mrs. Murphy took the time to advise, assist and change my misguided life. I can not say enough kind words to thank for all she did for me!
God bless
R.I.P. Mrs. "Murph"

Jim Laurita

July 21, 2020

I cared very much for Kathy . She made use so welcome when we moved To Herbert terr.. we enjoyed our years as friends . God bless you Kathy rest n peace dear friend. All my love. Jim

Liliana Branquinho

July 20, 2020

When I first met Kathy at the Livingston Senior/Community Center she was highly involved with volunteering in the Meals on Wheels program, the AARP Livingston Chapter and the Livingston Senior Advisory Committee. I could tell immediately that she was a very giving person and always ready to help others. We shared a love for Florida and often talked about our trips to the sunshine state and how much we loved the beach. Jeanine, thank you for always bringing her to Oak Leaf she loved seeing the ladies. I will miss her smile. Kathy was a wonderful lady. My deepest condolences to the family.

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