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In Memory of Serene Murphy


1PM - Thursday, August 21, 2014 at O'Connell Funeral Home in Baldwin

Funeral Services

2PM - Thursday, August 21, 2014 at O'Connell Funeral Home in Baldwin

Serene Irene Murphy, age 86, of Mesa, AZ, formerly of Baldwin, WI, passed away on August 10, 2014.

Serene was born in St. Paul, MN on November 28, 1927 to William and Irene (Wigen) Murphy. She was raised by her Aunt Ruby and Uncle Doc Swenson in Baldwin. She attended the Baldwin schools, and graduated in 1945. She attended vocational school in Minneapolis for seamstress, returning home to Baldwin to marry the boy living across the street. Serene and Calvin Reid were married June of 1947 at Baldwin Evangelical Lutheran Church. The marriage was blessed with five children. Her life was busy knitting and sewing for her growing family. As the house started to get empty, she started to work as an aide at the Baldwin Hospital. This led to continuing education to become an LPN at Miller Hospital. Through the years, she was employed at Baldwin Care Center. She moved to Arizona when her marriage dissolved in 1985. She loved the desert and worked with her Dr. Rick Peterson in his pediatrics practice. She retired and did volunteer work for the cancer center in Phoenix.

She is survived by her children: Melinda (Pat) Mahoney, Tom (Janeen) Reid, Patrick Reid, Jody (Jerry) Wolski, and Mary Reid; grandchildren: Tom (Debbie) Mahoney, Mike Mahoney, Katie Mahoney, Reid (Katie) Wolski, Hillary (Sam) Toulson, Stefan (Shelly) Wolski, and Reid Nachreiner; eight great-grandchildren; and 2 great great-grandchildren.

Funeral Service for Serene will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 1010 Newton St., Baldwin, WI with a vistiation one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment at Baldwin Cemetery.

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