Genevieve Murphy

Genevieve Murphy

Genevieve J. Murphy, 81, passed away on Feb. 3, 2016, at the Brentwood Good Samaritan Center in Le Mars, Iowa.

A memorial service was at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, at the Mauer- Johnson Funeral Home with a one hour visitation prior to the service. Rev. Kolleen Queener officiated. Burial will take place at a later date at St. Catherine’s Cemetery located in Luverne, Minnesota. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family through

Genevieve J. Scharf was born on Jan. 7, 1935, in Wishek, North Dakota, the daughter of Edward and Magdelena (Gruebele) Scharf. She attended grade school in Wishek, followed by college at Westmar in Le Mars, Iowa and Northern State College in Aberdeen, South Dakota. She then taught fourth grade in Luverne and enjoyed teaching until she retired in 1985.

 In 1983, Genevieve married Leslie J. Murphy in Luverne. Together they enjoyed many summers at Arnolds Park and winters in Mesa, Arizona. They moved to Le Mars in 1996. Genevieve was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Le Mars.

 She is lovingly remembered by stepchildren, Jeanne Watson of Worthington, William Murphy of Hudson, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Misty, Robin, Patrice, Shawn, and Mike; as well as several nieces and nephews.

 She is preceded in death by her parents and brother, William Scharf.

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