Joseph Murphy, 77

Oak Park resident

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Joseph Lee Murphy, aka "Murph," 77, of Oak Park, died on Sept. 26, 2019. He was the husband of Marcheta (Keta) (nee Shilling) for 56 years; the father of Michael (Dora), Kerry (Tom) Kolzow, and Tim and Katie; papa of Sean, Chelsea (Brett) Clausen, Ryan (fiancée, Alyssa), Kevin Murphy, Kelly, Abby (Mike) Cioffi, Tommy and Michael Kolzow, and Megan and Tim Murphy; the brother of Tom (Lillian) and the late Patrick; and brother-in-law of Gary (Molly) Shilling. 

Visitation will be held on Thursday, Oct. 3 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Forest Park's Zimmerman-Harnett Funeral Home, 7319 W. Madison St. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Oak Park's St. Giles Church, 1045 Columbian Ave., at 10:30 a.m., followed by private interment.  

The family appreciates memorials to the Parkinson's Association ( Additional information is available at 708-366-2200 or

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Christine Vernon  

Posted: November 1st, 2019 11:36 PM

Condolences from our family, the Gawnes, to you and your family, Marcheta. The Shillings were so good to us when we were little and growing up near the Shilling Family. Time has come and gone so quickly, but we never forgot all those kindnesses.

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