Elinore Murphy

Obituary of Elinore Murphy

Elinore L. Murphy

(nee Erickson)

Age 94. Passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 6, 2016. She graduated from St. Joseph College of Nursing in 1943, and devoted most of her life as a caregiver for patients and family. She was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, and will be commemorated for her unwavering faith. Elinore was a health enthusiast and enjoyed reading, crocheting, and volunteering. A former Miss Lemont, she will be remembered for her sense of style and outgoing personality.

Survived by her loving children, Carlene (Jack) Kaps, Laurie (Alan) Bucciarelli, Michael (Deborah) Griffin; daughter-in-law, Jan (the late Dr. William Griffin); son-in-law, Tom (the late Mary Griffin) Trucco; grandchildren, Robert (Deann) Griffin, Amy (Dave) Vigil, Rebecca (Thomas) Dewbray, Sarah Kaps, Timothy Griffin, Dan Griffin, Elizabeth (Bret) Caliban, Allison Bucciarelli and Brian Bucciarelli; seven great-grandchildren; and cousins.

Preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Robert W. Griffin and David E. Murphy; and brother, Robert Erickson.

The family would like to thank her numerous caregivers from Allied Professionals Home Care & The Timbers of Shorewood.

A Celebration of Life for Elinore L. Murphy will be held on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 18 Woodlawn Avenue, Joliet. All friends and relatives are invited to gather on Thursday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until time of Mass. Inurnment to follow at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name to the Leach College of Nursing (St. Joseph School of Nursing) in Joliet at http://www.stfrancis.edu/giving/Icon-expansion-campaign would be appreciated. For information: Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black at Essington Rd., Joliet, 815-741-5500.