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Eugenia Murphy Obituary

Eugenia “ Jean” (Frankoff) Murphy, 87, of Watson Farms, South Windsor, died Thursday, (March 16, 2006), surrounded by her family. Born in Bridgeport, January 16, 1919, daughter of the late Dennis and Bertha (Gugnacka) Frankoff she was raised on a farm in Lisbon. Jean graduated from the Norwich Free Academy where she excelled in academics and athletics. She and her sister were offered scholarships to the Willimantic Normal School, now Eastern Connecticut State University, but were unable to accept because they had to work during the height of the Depression. She had been employed for many years by the Phoenix Insurance Company and retired from the Federal Government Department of HUD. Following retirement, she loved her travels to Cape Cod, the “cottage” in Westerly, and the trip to Russia with her sister. Most of all, Jean loved her children and all those she considered her children and always found the time for all of them. It gave her great pleasure to “slip” them a couple bucks or a piece of candy. Jean was predeceased by her only daughter and best friend Kathleen Hall as well as her sister and brother-in-law Stella and Philip Shannon, and her brother Walter Frankoff. Jean leaves her two sons and their wives Dennis and Deborah and Paul and Kate all of South Windsor; her former husband and continued companion James Murphy of South Windsor; her grandchildren Scott Hall and his wife Caroline of Arlington, VA and Meghan and Molly Murphy both of South Windsor; her two great grandchildren David and Kathleen Hall; her sister-in-law Hazel Frankoff of North Carolina; three nieces and a nephew she considered like her children Stephanie Immel of Lorton, VA, Pat Hinchey of Vernon, Jeanne Shannon of Norwich, and Joe Shannon of Arlington, MA and additionally a niece and two nephews who lived farther away, JoAnne Wooten and Roger and Ricky Frankoff. Family and friends may gather Monday March 20 at 9:15 am at the Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home 419 Buckland Road, South Windsor followed by a Mass of Christian Burial 10 am in St. Margaret Mary Church, South Windsor. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in St. Joseph Cemetery, Norwich. Her family will receive friends Sunday from 4-6 at the Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home. Contributions may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. CT Chapter, 97 South Street, Suite 110, West Hartford, 06110-1960 in honor of her daughter Kathleen Murphy Hall . For condolences please visit