Joan Murphy
1937 - 2021
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Joan M. Murphy

Passed away on February 24, 2021 in Petaluma at the age of 83 years. Devoted wife of the late Daniel Murphy. Cherished mother of Ann De Jong (Don) of Petaluma; Jerry Murphy (Paula) of Reno, NV; Patrick Murphy (Dina) of Spokane, WA; and Dan Murphy of Redding. Adored grandmother of Morgan De Jong (Tiffany), Dylan De Jong, Cotter De Jong, Laura Murphy, Erin Murphy, Rebecca Murphy and Jack Murphy. Sister of Mary Anne Melson (Jim) and the late Bill Benninghoff. Dear sister-in-law of Ginger Benninghoff. Survived by several nieces and nephews.
Joan was born, reared and educated in San Francisco, graduating from Star of the Sea High School. She and her family moved north and settled in Petaluma where they have lived for nearly 50 years. Over the years, Joan worked for Pete's Henny Penny, Bank of America, and was the "Lunch Lady" at McNear Elementary School. She was an avid 49er and Giants fan and was a longtime and dedicated member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, where she also served as eucharistic minister. Above all, Joan loved her family. She was a wonderful woman and will be greatly missed.
Friends and family are invited to attend the Visitation on Thursday, March 4, 2021 from 10:00 am with the Funeral Liturgy at 12:00 Noon at the PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, 850 Keokuk St., Petaluma. COVID-19 precautions and social distancing to be observed. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent's Church, 35 Liberty St., Petaluma, CA 94952. Private Inurnment: Calvary Cemetery, Petaluma.

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Feb. 26 to Feb. 28, 2021.
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March 8, 2021
I was blessed that Joan was my godmother. She loved to hear stories about how everyone was doing. Her laughter was so uplifting that it made you happy to make her laugh. She didn't talk much about herself unless one asked questions. She was a caring, loving person who enjoyed people. I told her once that she was an angel and God would welcome her. She laughed and told me I sure hope so I work hard for that. I know she is now in God's graces. I just wish we could have been able to go to her service.
Rita Bork and Steve Bork
March 6, 2021
Joan and I worked together at Bank of America. She was always a friend and a dear lady. She was so proud of her dear family!
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Ande Yearsley
March 1, 2021
I was sorry to read about Joan's passing she was a wonderful lady. I first got to know her when she worked at Bank of America and on more than one occasion she helped me to undo some banking mistake I had made. But I really got to know her when I started bringing Dan Communion every week for several years. They were a great couple and I treasure the time I spent visiting with them. They always thanked me for coming, but it is I who should have thanked them for the friendly visits. My condolences to all of you and may you rejoice in the many wonderful memories. I truly believe Joan and Dan are once again together and will enjoy eternal happiness.
Al Marcucci
February 27, 2021
To all of Joan’s family,
Please accept my condolences - I’m so sorry for your loss. Joan was a wonderful lady and I always enjoyed spending time with her.
Deedee Wheat
February 26, 2021
So sorry to read about Joan's passing. We worked together at Bank of America and had so much fun. She was so funny and we laughed a lot. You will be missed. My prayers go out to the family. God bless and rest in peace Joan!
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