The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Obituaries

July 11, 2014

Lorraine Maxine Murphy

Lorraine Maxine Murphy

Feb. 4, 1913 - July 6, 2014

LAKE TOMAHAWK, Wis. — Lorraine Maxine Murphy, 101, of Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin, passed away on Sunday, July 6, at home with family by her side.

Nimsgern Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Woodruff on Wednesday, July 16, from 9:30 a.m. until the Celebration of Life Mass scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Cremation rites have been accorded and burial will be in Wilderness Cemetery, Lake Tomahawk. Memorials may be made to either Ministry Hospice Home Care or to Holy Family’s Building Fund. Honorary pallbearers will be her four grandsons.

Lorraine Evers Murphy was born on February 4, 1913, in Clinton Iowa to Leo and Elsie (Luedtke) Evers. Lorraine married Edmund Joseph Murphy on April 18, 1938, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church Rectory. Lorraine was a resident of Clinton until moving permanently to Lake Toma-hawk in 1981 after vacationing in the area for many years.

While their first vacation residence was a summer home, Ed and Lorraine built a year-round home in 1981. The tornado of April 1984 destroyed this home along with most of the 40 acres of trees on the property. Ed and Lorraine were resilient and quickly rebuilt on the same site and Lorraine continued to live in the house alone after Ed’s death in 1986 until she was joined by her daughter and son-in-law who moved to Wisconsin in 1998.

Lorraine and her sister Arleda Seidl owned the Fourth Street Variety, Gift and Toy Store for 20 years.

Lorraine lived life to the fullest and was a very talented lady. She began china painting and watercolor in mid life and always dismissed her work as non-professional but her daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren lovingly cherish her wonderful talent which will provide continuing memories of what a wonderful matriarch she was to her family.

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