Mary Murphy

Mary C. Murphy, age 94, joined her heavenly Father peacefully on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the Legacy of Delano. She was born December 1, 1920 on a farm in Credit River, MN to Michael and Dorothy (Cougar) Streiff, Sr., where she lived until she married. Mary had a strong Catholic faith. She attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in Delano where she was a member of the Rosary Society. She was loved by many who will miss her and always keep her in their hearts.

Mary was joined in marriage to Hugh T. Murphy on April 23, 1941. They 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.

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. Mary 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 was preceded in death by her parents, husband Hugh, son Stephen, grandson-in-law Richie Schmidt, brothers John and Leo, 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 sister Collette (Don) Andersen; brother Michael (Carol) Streiff; daughter-in-law Dianne Murphy; sisters-in-law Catherine Streiff, Marlene Streiff and Pat Murphy; and many nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Delano. Visitation was from 10 to 11 a.m. with a 9:30 a.m. Rosary service Wednesday prior to the Mass at the church. Mary requested the memorials to be sent to Catholic Relief. She was laid to rest next to Hugh at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.