|Birth: ||May 6, 1919|
|Death: ||Feb. 28, 2010|
From the March 3, 2010 edition of the Dubuque Telegraph Herald
Eileen G. (Heitz) Murphy 90, of Stonehill Care Center, formerly of Windsor Park and 1741 Dexter St., died Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, of complications from pneumonia.
Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 4, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. today at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2659 Kennedy Road, where a parish scripture wake service will be at 6:30 p.m.
She was born on May 6, 1919, in Farley, Iowa, daughter of Matthew and Agnes (Mahoney) Heitz. She was a longtime community activist and Democratic party volunteer in Dubuque and the mother of Speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives, Patrick Murphy.
She married Lawrence J. "Larry" Murphy on July 3, 1939, at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque; he preceded her in death on Oct. 17, 1991.
She spent considerable time in her retirement from homemaking as a volunteer at the Dubuque Rescue Mission, Dubuque Food Pantry, St. Joseph The Worker Catholic School and St. Patrick's Catholic School. Eileen was admitted into the Dubuque County Democratic Hall of Fame several years ago for her volunteer work in elections.
She was a longtime member of St. Patrick's Parish.
Surviving are her children, Margaret (Jeff) Murphy-Sweetland, of Milwaukee, Donna (Richard) Hefel, of Maquoketa, Iowa, Dolores (Jerry) Dilger, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Larry (Linda), of Oelwein, Iowa, David (Becky), of Dubuque, Bob (Teresa), of Midland, Texas, Patrick (Therese), of Dubuque, and Joseph (Edie), of North Lake, Ill.; 31 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Maxine Heitz and Alberta Heitz Lattner, both of Dubuque; and her son-in-law, John Noel, of Dubuque.
She also was preceded in death by two daughters, Mary Agnes Murphy and Connie Noel; her parents; six brothers, Ray, Elmer, Joe, Leo, Danny and Julian Heitz; and two sisters, Mary Grant and Anna Meyer.
Lawrence J Murphy (1921 - 1991)*
Mount Calvary Cemetery
Created by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye
Record added: Mar 03, 2010
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