Obit: Murphy, Esther J. (1933 – 2019)


Surnames: Murphy, Todd, Grassman, Brown, Smazal, Franke

Source: Tribune/Record/Gleaner (Abbotsford, WI) 20 Feb 2019

Murphy, Esther J. (27 MAY 1933 – 14 FEB 2019)

Esther J. Murphy, 85, Marshfield, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, at Marshfield Medical Center. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., on Monday, Feb. 18, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Marshfield. Rev. Jon Guenther officiated. Burial followed in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.

Esther Todd was born on May 27, 1933, in the town of Lynn, Clark County, to Ernest and Esther (nee Grassman) Todd. She married Robert D. Murphy on Sept. 7, 1957, in Granton. He died on July 27, 2011. During her life, Esther farmed with her husband and also worked at the Clark County Health Care Center in Owen and Weyerhaeuser Company in Marshfield. She enjoyed painting, sewing, gardening, word search, and playing solitaire and Yahtzee. Her children were her pride and joy until her grandchildren came along. Then her great-grandchildren came along and “ruled the roost.”

She is survived by her daughter, Roxanne Brown of Marshfield; five grandchildren: Lindsey Brown, Jessica (Jason) Smazal, Brenton (Dakota) Brown, Samuel Murphy and Molly Murphy; and seven great-grandchildren: Khloe, Cadence, Keegan, Ellie, Violet, Kashton and Kinnley.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Randy Murphy; five brothers: Alvin, LeRoy, Leslie, Edward, and Ted Todd; and a sister, Alma Franke.

The family will designate a memorial in Esther’s name at a later date.

Condolences may be sent online to

Rembs Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.



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