Kathleen T. Murray (O'Hare)

Date of Death: 
August 23rd, 2021

Kathleen Murray (nee O’Hare) passed from this life on August 23, 2021 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Philadelphia, PA on July 12, 1932 to Michael O’Hare and Hannah O’Hare (nee McDaid). She grew up on Englewood St. in Mayfair and attended St. Matthew’s Grade School and graduated from Nazareth Academy in 1950. Kathleen was proud to be a first generation Irish American. Kathleen was the heart of her family. She was married to her high school sweetheart, Bernard, for almost seventy years. Mother to ten children, Kathleen miraculously survived their teenage years. No small feat. She will be greatly missed by Bernard (Maryann), Mary Lou (Dennis Balasa), Steve (Picasso), Patty ( Eddie Ferreira), Kim (Gary Rickus), Charles (Karyn), Linda, Peggy (Kevin McLaughlin), Janet (Rick Muscavage) and Christine (John Jenkins). Also survived by daughter-in-law, Jane Murray. Twenty-five children were lucky enough to call Kathleen, Grandmom. She never forgot a birthday, thanks to the family calendar, and will be greatly missed by Kristie (Clint), Jessica (Michael), Richard (Jen), Patrick (Claire), Sean (Erin), Bob (Amanda), Luke (Amy), Devin, Keeshawn, Ryan, Josh, Shaylyn, Melissa (Ryan), Molly (Chris), Michael (Lindsay), John (Rachael), Stephen, Matthew (Danielle), Kathleen (Vince), Jason, Meghan Patricia (Trace), Amanda, Jacqueline (Matthew), Ian (Val), and Meri. G.G. was also loved by her twenty-one great grandchildren; Logan, Beckett, Natalie, Zach, Brynn, Colin, Brendan, Quinn, Chase, Bobby, Bryce, Connor, Luke, Emerson, Sloane, Rowan, Aubrey, Kelsey Grace, Nathan Kevin, Hannah and Sawyer Trace. Kathleen valued her relationships, especially with Stew and Phyllis Barbera, her sister-in-law Betty Murray and sister, Nora Gammon. She connected with her sororities from St. Matthews and Nazareth Academy for more than seventy years and taught us all the importance of friendship. Kathleen brought her kindness, empathy and organizational skills to her work as a receptionist for Pediatricians Reed and Levin. Many time patients called to talk to Kathleen directly for her vast knowledge and experience in child rearing. Kathleen enjoyed traveling to such places as the McDaid/O’Hare homesteads in Ireland, Alaska and Hawaii. The Jersey shore was a special place for Kathleen. She worked on Wildwood’s Boardwalk selling candy during her high school years. Kathleen spent many sunny days enjoying the beach in Sea Isle, Avalon and the Winchester Swim Club with family and friends. Kathleen never said an unkind word about anyone. In a family, where everyone had a lot to say, she was an excellent listener. She gave great advice. We’ll miss you mom, more than words can say. Rest in paradise. You are the best! Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, August 26th from 6 to 8pm at the GALZERANO FUNERAL HOME, 9304 OLD Bustleton Avenue, Phila PA 19115 and again on Friday, August 27th from 10 to 11am, at St. Jerome’s Church, Stamford and Colfax Sts. Her Funeral Mass will follow at 11am. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers family prefers donations in her name at www.theparkinsoncouncil.org

Memories and Condolences

I am forever grateful for how Kathleen welcomed my daughter Rachael into your family when she married John -- actually, even before they were married. Kathleen was a shining beacon for everyone, and I know her light will continue to guide her large, loving family. With profound sympathy, Audrey Mento.
Aunt Kathleen, truly the BEST! It was a joy to visit with her and an honor to call her AUNT. Always spoke kindly about and to all she met and knew. Love and hugs to her family, Cyndy
I am one of those people that use to call her for help when my children’s fevers were high. She was more then a cousin to us, she was our friend. We will cherish our fond memories of Kathleen and we will miss her very much. Love, Pete & Pat Saunders
What an amazing woman God has allowed to join His heavenly kingdom! I’ve only known Kathleen for the past nine years. When I first met her immediately loved her and her beautiful family. I will remember all the wonderful times we had with each other. She always had a beautiful smile and a warm welcome. I will miss the times when you would bring scarfs for different holidays from the dollar store for me, Pamela,Angela &Scarlett’. she would come over with a bag full plastic bags because she knows that I always use them. There are so many more memories. Stew of course is very sad As he has been friends with Bernie and Kathleen for over 60 years. He has consider Kathleen his dearest dearest friend. He said that she was the glue that kept a family together and she knew how to make a penny go a long way. He has shared numerous numerous memories and feels a deep loss.We won’t forget Bernie Kathleen as he is also very special to us. Please pray for us. We know your pain is now over and you are living a new life with the lord.
She was a sweetie that will be missed by many. I've known Kathleen (she will always be Mrs. Murray to me) for 62 years. She brought humor and wisdom into my life at various stages. Never hesitated to make everyone feel like they were part of her family... even asked my daughter to join a family photo one time! I love you Mrs Murray and know God is taking care of you now.
I will always remember Mrs. Murray as a sweet friendly neighbor with whom I'd always like to stop and talk, whether it was in the neighborhood or at Church. She was always so sweet and pleasant. I am very sorry I didn't get to see her recently. When walking by her house, I would always look up in the event I would see her at the window. I'm just sorry now that I didn't knock on her door to talk to her. I am certain she now has her place in heaven. She will be surely missed. May God Bless you, Mrs. Murray.
Dear Mary and Family, Please accept my heartfelt prayers and deepest condolences for the loss of your Dear Mother. Ma y she Rest In Peace as you hold all of her memories deep in your heart!🙏🏽

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