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Frances Murphy

December 26, 1945 — November 17, 2022


Waunakee- Frances Carole Murphy, age 77, passed away on November 17, 2022. She was born to William Ambrose Murphy and Frances Katheyrn (Smith) Murphy in La Crosse, Wisconsin on December 26th, 1945. Frances was the youngest of six children. Frances was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Marion (Don) Pischke, Margaret (Frank) Clingan, William (Joyce) Murphy, Sharon (Richard) Culbert, Thomas (Karen) Murphy; nephews, Lawerence Pischke and William Pischke. Frances is survived by Joyce Murphy, Karen Murphy, Frank Clingan and numerous nieces and nephews.

Frances graduated from La Crosse Logan High School. Shortly after graduation, Frances moved to Madison, Wisconsin where her sister Margaret and Sharon and their families lived. Several years after moving to Madison, Frances began working for Oscar-Mayer where she worked for thirty-one years when she accepted an early retirement offer in 2001. Frances then worked for Swiss Colony until retiring in 2010.

Frances enjoyed family gatherings which at times were just her mother, brothers and sister and their spouses as well as times that include nieces and nephews. Spontaneous laughter was always present at these gatherings. She was also a good cook who never shied away from a new recipe. She also enjoyed and was good at bowling. Frances loved traveling whether to visit new places or to go to Las Vegas or Ho-Chunk to gamble. Many of these trips were made with her special friend “Jackie”

The family would like to thank the staff at Oak Park Place Madison East, the doctors and nurses from UW Hospital and Clinics, and Agrace Hospice for their dedication, consideration, and kindness in caring for Frances during her time at Oak Park Place. The family would also like to thank the staff at Cress Funeral and Cremation Services of Waunakee, Wisconsin.

Services are pending but will probably be hold off until spring due to weather uncertainties this time of year. However, a Mass of Christian Burial will be scheduled for St. James The Less Catholic Church in La Crosse, Wisconsin to be followed by burial with her parents in the Catholic Cemetery on Losey Road.

Memories of Frances occupy a special place in our hearts”

Winn-Cress Funeral and Cremation Service

5785 Highway Q

Waunakee, WI 53597


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