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Reverend Joanne Murphy

Reverend Joanne M. Murphy (Gilligan)

Tuesday, April 27th, 1937 - Saturday, January 18th, 2020
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Obituary

Rev. Joanne M. Murphy, 82, of Toms River passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at her home. Reverend Murphy retired 4 years as Pastor of the Unity by the Shore Church in Neptune City. Previously, she worked in pastoral care at the Center for Hope Hospice in Union County. She was a graduate of St. Patrick’s High School in Elizabeth and received a bachelor’s degree in humanity from Kean University in Union.
Born and raised in Elizabeth, she lived in Edison and Wall before moving to Toms River 17 years ago.
Pastor Murphy was predeceased by two sons, Matthew Banner and Kyle Murphy; and by her parents, James and Helen Gilligan.
Surviving is her loving husband of 33 years, George Donald Murphy; sons, Brian Murphy and his wife, Linda of Hillsborough, CA and Scott M. Murphy and his wife, Susan of Voorhees; brother, James Gilligan and his wife, Cathy of Linden; sister; Sr. Marie Gilligan , Sisters of Charity, of West Orange; five grandchildren, Ian and his wife, Amanda, Grant, Morgan, Meghan and Shannon; a great grandson, Declan; and her beloved dog, Bailey.
Visitation will be on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9pm at the O’Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Hwy 35, Wall. A funeral service will be conducted at 8:30pm in the funeral home. Final interment will be private. Donations may be made in her name to the Unity by the Shore Church, 3508 Asbury Ave., Neptune City, NJ 07753.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    O'Brien Funeral Home - Wall
    Address
    2028 NJ-35
    WALL, NJ 07719
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    O'Brien Funeral Home - Wall
    Address
    2028 NJ-35
    WALL, NJ 07719
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 | 8:30pm
    When
    Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 8:30pm
    Location
    O'Brien Funeral Home - Wall
    Address
    2028 NJ-35
    WALL, NJ 07719
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    along with Bag Piper, John Giblin
    Officiant
    Pastor Angela Denton
  • Interment

    Location
    All Services Are Private At The Request Of The Family
    Address
    PRIVATE, NJ

Donations

Donations are being accepted for: Unity by the Shore.

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Posted at 02:36pm
You are in our thoughts and prayers!
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Angela Denton

Posted at 01:55pm
Rev. Joannne, Your Radiant Light Will Always Remain in Our Hearts and Souls. Love, Your Soul Companion, Angela Denton, and your Unity Family
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Angela Denton purchased the Your Light Shines for the family of Reverend Joanne Murphy.

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Ellen Terzini

Posted at 09:15am
My friend Sue always smiled when she spoke of you. We met briefly a few times at family gatherings. I trust you will rest in peace
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