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Evelyn Cecelia Murphy

May 9, 1921 ~ September 14, 2018 (age 97)
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Evelyn Cecelia (Schappals) Murphy, daughter of August and Anna (Czyzewski) Schappals, was born May 9, 1921, in Danbury, CT, and passed away September 14, 2018.  Evelyn grew up in New Fairfield, CT and attended elementary school in a one-room schoolhouse on Ball Pond.  As a child, she was active in the 4-H.  Following graduation from Danbury High School in 1938, Evelyn worked as a bookkeeper and secretary at two wartime manufacturing companies in Danbury.  She married William James Murphy in 1944 and the couple briefly lived in San Diego. Following World War II, they returned home to settle in Danbury, then New Fairfield. Evelyn was a homemaker and supported her husband’s dental practice.  Evelyn and Bill were proud parents of six children.  They were active in numerous community and church activities throughout their married life.  Evelyn participated in the Ladies’ Auxiliary of St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in New Fairfield.  She was a founding member and chaired many Parents Group functions at the newly built Immaculate High School in Danbury.  She served as Treasurer of the New Fairfield Public Library.  Evelyn belonged to organic gardening and organic foods clubs in Fairfield County, and greatly enjoyed playing bridge with friends in New Fairfield and Danbury.  As members of the Ridgewood Country Club in Danbury, Evelyn and Bill were enthusiastic golfers, often playing as partners in tournaments.  They were active members of their local Democratic Party. Evelyn was an avid volunteer with the Danbury Animal Welfare Society, fostering many cats and dogs and placing them in good homes.  In later years she volunteered at the Brookfield Public Library, supporting the Interlibrary Loan program.  Evelyn attended Western Connecticut State College in the 1980’s. She was a founding trustee of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic Church in Brookfield, CT. Since moving to Spokane, WA in 2006, Evelyn served on the Library Committee and the Food Committee at Rockwood Retirement Community and was a popular bridge partner. She enjoyed the local symphony performances and became a patron of the Spokane Symphony Associates.   Survivors include her children Tim Murphy, Hamilton, NJ; Bridget Murphy, Lawrence, KS; Molly (Murphy) Thompson, Spokane, WA and husband Dusty Thompson; Eileen Murphy, Florence, OR and husband Jerry Bell; and Nora Murphy, Lawrence, KS and husband Jim Beach.  Evelyn is also survived by six grandchildren; Megan Murphy; Billy Thompson and wife Olivia Wicklein; Mary (Thompson) Peterson and husband Ben Peterson; Danny Thompson and wife Kimberley (Labbee) Thompson; Claire Murphy-Beach; and August Murphy-Beach. Other survivors include five great-grandchildren:  Leo and Bodhi Thompson, Natalie and Bella Peterson; and Noelle Thompson.  Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents August and Anna Schappals; her father-in-law and mother-in-law Daniel and Mary Jane Murphy; her husband Bill Murphy; her brothers and sisters: E. August Schappals, Robert Schappals, Rita (Schappals) Keane, Genevieve (Schappals) Limke; and her first-born daughter, Kathleen.  The family would especially like to thank her kind and compassionate caregiving staff at Rockwood Retirement Communities in Spokane, WA.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10AM on October 6, 2018 at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in New Fairfield, followed by burial at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Danbury, CT. Memories and condolences may be shared on this tribute page


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