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Janina M. (Chmielewski) Murphy

Janina M. (Chmielewski) Murphy
  • November 25, 1922 - September 28, 2017
  • Marblehead, Massachusetts
  • In lieu of flowers, the Murphy family suggests memorial contributions be made to:)
  • St. Mary's Church
    46 Myrtle St.
    Melrose, MA 02176
  • In lieu of flowers, the Murphy family suggests memorial contributions be made to:)
  • St. Anne's Church
    290 Jefferson Ave.
    Salem, MA 01970

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“My sincerest and deepest condolences to the Murphy family. I am so very sorry for your loss. I am thinking of you all at this difficult time. My...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Herrick Wales - Swampscott, MA

“To my friend Bob and the family. As I read this there is so much that I can relate to. My mother was a book reader, she could read a book just like...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Alan Bourbeau

“My grammy was one of the smartest and kindest people I have ever had the pleasure to know/be related to. She created a beautiful family, and left a...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Brooke Murphy - Duxbury, MA

“KevinSo sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother, I read it the other day in the newspaper. Thought I would reach out to you and express my sorrow. I...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: John (Wheatie) McGuire - Harwich, MA

“The one thing I remember most about Aunt Jen is she was forever the optimist. She would never give up on anything because things would get better....Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Ann Milana - Manchester, NH

“So sorry to hear about Jan's passing. Didn't get to see her very much,but she was always in my thoughts. Now she is you Guardian Angel to the family...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Betty Curran - Middleboro, MA

“Aunt Jen, I will always remember the family gatherings. You were always thinking of others and took such good care of everybody. One of the best...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Paul & Karen Rogers - CA - Family

“My deepest sympathy to the Murphy family. Wishing you peace and comfort at this sad time. ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: Lori Anderson - CUMBERLAND, RI

“My dear Aunt Jen, you were my second mother and an inspiration both to me and to everyone within my family. I miss you already, but our memories of...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Douglas Boyer - Medfield, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA

Janina M. (Chmielewski) Murphy passed away at her home in Marblehead on September 28, 2017. She was 94 years of age. Janina was born in Somerville on November 25, 1922, was raised in Somerville and graduated from Somerville High School. Mrs. Murphy lived in Melrose for over 50 years and the past 6 years in Marblehead. During WWII Janina worked for the Department of Defense in Washington D.C. and after raising her family she worked as a bookkeeper at Tom's Service Center in Saugus for 15 years and at the Barrett & Turner Dairy Company in Malden for over 20 years. She was a longtime member of St. Mary's Church in Melrose where she taught CCD, was a lector at church, was a member of St. Mary's Ladies Sodality and was one of the editors for the "Myrtle Street Journal". Mrs. Murphy was a talented artist who enjoyed painting, crafts, sculpturing and making clothes for her family. She was also an avid reader and read a book a day for many years. Janina liked taking trips to Cape Cod, Hampton Beach, Scarborough, Maine, Newport, R.I. and traveling to Vermont. But above all she cherished the times spent with her family. Mrs. Murphy was the beloved wife of the late Robert P. Murphy. Loving mother of Robert P. Murphy Jr. of Moultonborough, NH, Gary W. Murphy & his wife Anne of PA, Janina M. Glabicky & her late husband Robert of Marblehead, Kevin C. Murphy of South Boston and Christine M. Daugsiewicz & her husband Philip of Melrose. Cherished grandmother of Patrick Murphy, Bridget Bruce, Danielle Quinn, Christopher & Caitlyn Murphy, Nicholas, Daniel, Andrew & Michael Glabicky and Brooke Murphy. Proud great grandmother of Henry & Alexander. Beloved aunt of Doug & Laura Boyer as well as numerous other nieces & nephews. Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 5:00-8:00PM. Funeral procession from Gately Funeral Home on Thursday, October 12th at 9:00AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary's Church, 9 Herbert St. Melrose at 10:00AM. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Interment at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Church, 46 Myrtle St. Melrose, MA 02176 or to St. Anne's Church, 290 Jefferson Ave. Salem, MA 01970.

Words of Remembrance by her daughter Janina Glabicky

A few days before my Mom passed away, when asked by my brothers how she was feeling, ever the optimist she replied, "It's a good day…. it's a lucky day."
And that is the way all, who would one day be fortunate to call her mother, sister, wife, sister in law, aunt, or friend, would come to regard November 25th, 1922- the day she first entered the world – as a good day, a lucky day!
Janina Marie Murphy, was the daughter of Monica and Stanley Chmielewski, sister of Tony, Heddy, and Helen, wife of Robert, mother of five, grandmother of 10, great grandmother of 2, aunt to many and friend to all.
Janina was a child of immigrant parents and just as for many in her neighborhood of Somerville, life wasn't easy. With a name pronounced, Yanyana in Polish, she told me she was teased and called Onion. Although Janina was bright, her parents, not knowing the language, the culture, or the ropes, could not encourage her to go to college – something my Mom-a life-long learner, said she would have loved to do. The desire for a college education, harbored so long ago, became a fervent and single-minded goal she would pursue for each of her children.

My Mom met my Dad at a dance and would soon say their "I do's" in June 1949. After working for the defense department when she was single, Janina settled into married life as a stay at home mother and welcomed in baby Bobby, quickly followed by Gary, Janina, Kevin and finally Christine. With five kids to continually reign in, life had its challenges. But Mom was the rock and the glue that kept us strong, together and in line. She had an unwavering faith that was ever present in any situation. If we were hurt and in pain, Mom would say "offer it up". If we lost something she would tell us to "ask St. Anthony for help". If we were confused or unhappy, Mom would tell us to "just say a prayer". She prayed the rosary every night and I firmly believe Mary and she were on a first name basis. When Mom came to live with me six years ago, she said so many prayers, watched the daily Mass, and chanted along with the Chapel of Mercies-that I was convinced we were protected by a host of angels who hovered around listening to and responding to Mom's prayers.
When we were kids, Mom took a firm hand in our Catholic upbringing. We all attended Catholic grammar schools (at St. Mary's in Melrose) and four of us would attend Catholic colleges. She was our model who volunteered regularly and taught CCD. Mom was the president of the Ladies Sodality, an organization which supported the Knights of Columbus's charitable activities. She was active in St. Mary's for over 50 years as a lector, parishioner, and church volunteer. Mom lived her faith fully and she would steadfastly use it to guide us all through the years.
Mom was barely five feet tall and yet she was a giant in our eyes. We recently learned that she took care of my Dad's mother in their home when they were first married. This act of

kindness was borne out again and again over the years when she took in several of our friends for long periods of time. It is just something Mom did without a second thought. If there was someone in need, Mom was there to offer her home, her help, or her support in whatever way she could.
Mom sacrificed much to give each of us a solid start in life. Someone once