Alice Murphy dies in Minnesota


Alice Catherine Murphy, formerly of Rosemount, Minn., passed away peacefully on April 2, 2012.

Alice was born on June 15, 1920, and grew up in Little Falls, Minn. As an adult, she moved to Minneapolis, where she met her future husband, Emil Wolf.

When Alice met Emil, he invited her to meet his parents in Java. When they got there, they were married in his parents’ home. After that they moved to McLaughlin.

Emil was the barber in McLaughlin and enjoyed hunting with friends. When Emil became ill, he asked Ralph Mittleider to go to barber school in Fargo, N.D., to become the town’s next barber.

Throughout her life, she enjoyed spending time with her family, as well as cooking, baking and entertaining friends in many social clubs. She was very active in the community, including teaching Sunday school for many years and was involved with the McLaughlin Election Board. She also had the honor of being elected Worthy Matron of theOrder of the Eastern Star, and President of the Ladies’ Aid at Redeemer Lutheran Church.

In 1968, Alice and her family moved to Rosemount, Minn. Emil passed away in 1972, and in 1973 she met Bernard Murphy and they were married at St. Joseph’s Church. Bernard and Alice loved to go dancing, and could move to everything from ballroom to square dancing. They were very active with the VFW and American Legion, and participated in numerous events and activities together. In retirement, they enjoyed traveling, including spending their winters in Texas.

In 2004, they moved to the Augustana Villa. They enjoyed meeting new people and socializing together, until Bernard died in 2006. Alice remained an active participant in daily life at the Villa, including being a member of the Villa Welcome Committee. She also found a new love for writing, and established the writers’ club, Pen Friends. At age 90, she decided it was time to move to the Augustana Health Care Center, where she lived until the time of her passing.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents, John and Maude McGuire; her son, Bruce Wolf; her husbands, Emil Wolf and Bernard Murphy; and siblings Fae Thomala, Margie Krause, Glenn McGuire, Cecil McGuire, Ray McGuire, and John McGuire.
She is survived by daughters, Sharon (Lee) Meyer and Rebecca Nelson; stepdaughters, Janice Graham and Louise (Keith) Juhnke; siblings, Louise Abernathy and Marvin McGuire; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held May 17, 2012, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in McLaughlin at 10 a.m. Burial will be next to her husband Emil Wolf in the Java Cemetery on May 18 at 3 p.m.

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