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Official Obituary of: Joan E. Murphy, 90, on August 5, 2023

Joan E. Murphy, 90, on August 5, 2023

NORTH ATTLEBORO – Joan E. Murphy, 90, of Attleboro, formerly a resident of North Attleboro for most of her life, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 5, 2023 at the Life Care Center of Attleboro. She was the beloved wife of the late Lawrence W. Murphy, who passed away in 1993 and the mother of the late Kellie Murphy-Tolo. She is survived by her cherished grandsons, Ben Tolo and Tim Tolo, and her dear brother, Leonard J. Murphy, Jr. She also leaves many friends and former students to mourn her passing.

Born in North Attleboro, MA in the village of Attleboro Falls on June 24, 1933, she was a loving daughter of the late Leonard J. Murphy, Sr. and Gladys (Burton) Bronowiski.

Joan grew up in North Attleboro and was a 1951 graduate of North Attleboro High School where she served as the class vice-president. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Bridgewater University in 1955.

She was a much-loved teacher for thirty-four years at the Martin School in North Attleboro and she taught for one or two years at the Verplanck School in Manchester, CT.

A woman of deep faith, she was a devoted communicant of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in North Attleboro where she was active in the Women’s Guild and was described by fellow parishioners as a pillar of the church. Always striving to give back to her community, she volunteered for the American Red Cross blood drive, the Saint Vincent DePaul Society, wrote thank you notes for the North Attleboro Animal Shelter, and was a familiar face working at the North Attleboro voting polls during elections.

Joan loved spending time with her family, friends and former students, all of whom she stayed connected with through frequent visits and through her heartfelt correspondence over the years. As a passionate dog lover, Joan considered all her dogs to be a part of her family.

Her funeral, to which relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend, will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2023, beginning with a time for visitation from 9:30-10:30 AM in the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial that will be celebrated in Joan’s honor by her longtime friend, the Reverend David Costa at 11:00 AM in Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church (Transfiguration of the Lord Parish), 14 Park Street, North Attleboro. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in memory of Joan to the North Attleboro Animal Shelter, 40 Cedar Road, North Attleboro, MA 02760.

The family wants to express gratitude to the caring staff at Life Care Center of Attleboro who took such great care of Joan and made it a comfortable home in her final years.

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  • Joan, We all love you and will miss you. I’ll always remember your great sense of humor. May peace be with you. With deepest sympathy, Elaine Davieau 

  • So sorry to learn about Mrs. Murphy’s passing.  She was my daughter’s  fabulous third grade teacher. My daughter was shy but she loved Mrs. Murphy! 
    “May she rest in peace in the presence of God.”

  • I really enjoyed your kind words about Jeff who passed away . You had him for a student and really made me smile at the memories you shared ♥️

  • Thank you for being such a wonderful teacher. How blessed we were to have had our daughter, Elizabeth, in your class. You will be remembered for your warmth, love of teaching and your wonderful laugh. Rest in peace.

  • I met Joan at St. Mary’s. She always had such a cheerful way about her.I can understand why she was such a great teacher and so loved and respected by her students. Rest peacefully with the Angels, Joan. ?

  • Dear Joan:
         Thank you for making my initial years at Martin Elementary School in grade 5 so memorable. You and Mrs. Hoye, Mr. Ambers, and Mrs. Marcoccio took me under your wings and helped me through those scary first years. I learned much from a person who was caring, sensitive, intelligent, and most of all a sense of humor.  I owe you much and I hope you go easy on those heavenly inhabitants with your infectious laugh. My condolences to the family and you will be missed!
    Sadly,
    Ron DiFiore

  • I met Joan in 1975, when I became a new teacher at the Martin School. She was a valued mentor and such an uplifting and fun person to be around. Joan was highly respected by parents and fellow teachers, and adored by every child lucky enough to have her as a teacher. 

  • I was so sorry to hear of Joan’s passing.  My sincere  condolences to the entire Murphy family.  Joan was my third grade teacher the year that Kelli was born.  She always remembered me when I would see her from time to time.  She was by far one of the greatest people to have walk this earth and will forever be missed.

    Jay Battersby
    Solon, ME

  • Joan (Mrs Joan Murphy)  RIP  You were my third grade teacher at the Grace church school, while you and Larry we’re expecting Kellie.   Then I babysat Kellie when we lived in Old Town!  Joan was the best friend of the Murchy family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her grandsons Ben and Tim.And to her brother Leonard Murphy!
    My best teacher ever! ❣️??

  • I am so sorry for your loss 
    So sad I just saw her a  couple of months ago and she told me she was 90 but she didn’t feel 90
    She felt 89 ?❤️
    She was such a beloved teacher of my daughter So much so that she called her during her bday birthday party to invite her over!!!
    BTW What 3rd grade teacher lets her students call her and answers the phone in her free time??
    Joan did ! That’s who she was ?
    RIP Joan with your beloved Larry and daughter Kelli
    You will be missed ❤️ by so many

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  1. I am so sorry for your loss 
    So sad I just saw her a  couple of months ago and she told me she was 90 but she didn’t feel 90
    She felt 89 ?❤️
    She was such a beloved teacher of my daughter So much so that she called her during her bday birthday party to invite her over!!!
    BTW What 3rd grade teacher lets her students call her and answers the phone in her free time??
    Joan did ! That’s who she was ?
    RIP Joan with your beloved Larry and daughter Kelli
    You will be missed ❤️ by so many

  2. Joan (Mrs Joan Murphy)  RIP  You were my third grade teacher at the Grace church school, while you and Larry we’re expecting Kellie.   Then I babysat Kellie when we lived in Old Town!  Joan was the best friend of the Murchy family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her grandsons Ben and Tim.And to her brother Leonard Murphy!
    My best teacher ever! ❣️??

  3. I was so sorry to hear of Joan’s passing.  My sincere  condolences to the entire Murphy family.  Joan was my third grade teacher the year that Kelli was born.  She always remembered me when I would see her from time to time.  She was by far one of the greatest people to have walk this earth and will forever be missed.

    Jay Battersby
    Solon, ME

  4. I met Joan in 1975, when I became a new teacher at the Martin School. She was a valued mentor and such an uplifting and fun person to be around. Joan was highly respected by parents and fellow teachers, and adored by every child lucky enough to have her as a teacher. 

  5. Dear Joan:
         Thank you for making my initial years at Martin Elementary School in grade 5 so memorable. You and Mrs. Hoye, Mr. Ambers, and Mrs. Marcoccio took me under your wings and helped me through those scary first years. I learned much from a person who was caring, sensitive, intelligent, and most of all a sense of humor.  I owe you much and I hope you go easy on those heavenly inhabitants with your infectious laugh. My condolences to the family and you will be missed!
    Sadly,
    Ron DiFiore

  6. I met Joan at St. Mary’s. She always had such a cheerful way about her.I can understand why she was such a great teacher and so loved and respected by her students. Rest peacefully with the Angels, Joan. ?

  7. Thank you for being such a wonderful teacher. How blessed we were to have had our daughter, Elizabeth, in your class. You will be remembered for your warmth, love of teaching and your wonderful laugh. Rest in peace.

  8. I really enjoyed your kind words about Jeff who passed away . You had him for a student and really made me smile at the memories you shared ♥️

  9. So sorry to learn about Mrs. Murphy’s passing.  She was my daughter’s  fabulous third grade teacher. My daughter was shy but she loved Mrs. Murphy! 
    “May she rest in peace in the presence of God.”

  10. Joan, We all love you and will miss you. I’ll always remember your great sense of humor. May peace be with you. With deepest sympathy, Elaine Davieau 

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