Kathryn Lois (Kathy) Murphy

  • Born: July 29, 1930
  • Died: June 11, 2020
  • Location: San Mateo, California

Crosby-N. Gray & Co. - FD-96

2 Park Road
Burlingame, CA 94010

Tel. (650) 342-6617

Tribute & Message From The Family


Kathryn Lois (Kathy) Murphy
Kathy passed peacefully at home surrounded by her children having lost her nearly six-year battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP).
Kathryn Lois (Kathy) Murphy was born on July 29, 1930 in Oconomowoc, WI, the fourth of William and Barbara Kiewatt's five children. She grew up in Arcata, CA, where she graduated from Arcata High School. She attended Humboldt State University and then relocated to San Francisco where she went to work for James F. Waters Automotive Dealerships. There she met her future husband William (Bill) Murphy. They married in 1958, purchased a home in San Mateo, and started a family that grew to six children: Barbara (Mike Sternberger), Tim (Patty), Moira (Rob Trabert), Martha (Steve Darcy), Toby (Alan Galindez), and Sheila (Jim Cerna). Kathy was a dedicated homemaker. When her children became school-aged she went back to work, eventually retiring from the San Mateo County Housing Authority in 2000. In retirement, she and Bill enjoyed many years of traveling locally and internationally.
Kathy lost the love of her life when Bill passed away in 2011 after 53 beautiful years of marriage. Kathy leaves eight grandchildren: Zachary (Yoko), Hayley, Spencer, Charley, Olivia, Cameron, Emily and Georgia; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Kathy was preceded in death by her parents and siblings: James Kiewatt, William Kiewatt, Beverly Ayers and Monica Heistuman.
Kathy was a very active parishioner of St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Burlingame and with many church and charity organizations including St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Catherine's Mothers' Club and Siena Social Club. Kathy loved to be surrounded by her family. Everyone was welcome at the Murphy house where for 60 years she enjoyed keeping busy gardening, baking and decorating; as well as creating countless sewing, knitting, quilting, needlepoint and upholstery projects. Kathy was full of energy and rarely rested or took a break, as she loved to walk, ride her bike, take tennis and golf lessons and practice yoga. She even participated in the over 7-mile Bay to Breakers once. Typical birthday and Mother's Day gifts for our Mom reflected her athletics: bikes, ping pong table, roller skates, jump rope, basketball hoop, treadmill, weights and pedometer. Kathy's most fulfilling role in life was being a wife, mother, grandmother and beloved aunt. Her favorite moments were when gathering her family and friends at her home for deliciously prepared meals and fresh baked desserts, accompanied by lots of conversation, music, games and laughter.
Friends and family are invited to a funeral mass (scheduled at a later date) to be held at St. Catherine of Siena Church (1310 Bayswater Ave, Burlingame). A celebration of life memorial will be held following the service (location to be announced). The family requests donations in lieu of flowers and suggests as recipients: CurePSP (psp.org), Mission Hospice, San Mateo (www.missionhospice.org) or St. Vincent de Paul Society (svdpsm.org). Please email sternbergerbarbara@gmail.com to be added to a list for notification of dates of services.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I know I didn't know your Mom Toby. But I am very sorry for your loss. I wish I had the chance to of met her

Posted by Kathleen Flemings - Significant Other   June 21, 2020

Having never met Kathryn, I feel as if I knew her well through her children & my daughter. My heart embraces all of her children, grandchildren♥ I pray for ur comfort & peace knowing how she lived through all ur care & love; making her last journey of her life fullfilling May god bless her in heaven for all eternity. Lynda (DD) & George oxox

Posted by Lynda (DD) & George Alhorn - Friend   June 20, 2020

What a beautiful family and legacy your mom left, Tim... my heartfelt condolences to you and your family

Posted by Suzanne LaVere - Friend   June 20, 2020

What a powerhouse of a much loved auntie. Her beloved memory will never be lost! My deepest condolences to all my cousins!

Posted by Christine Thomas - Family   June 20, 2020

Our condolences to the Murphy family for their loss. She will be greatly missed. May God bless her.

Posted by Rich and Sindey Giannini - Family   June 20, 2020

Kathy was a beautiful welcoming woman and Im so honoured to have met her on my visit to America, she loved her Irish cousins, Rest In Peace Kathy xxx

Posted by Vera Lacey - Family   June 20, 2020

Aunt Kathy was a woman full of energy and love. You were always welcome at their home and TOLD you were staying for dinner. She thrived with lots of family around. She will be missed.

Posted by Cathy Hennig - Family   June 20, 2020

Martha, et al, you all will continue to be in our prayer here at San Xavier. As grief is so very important to be honored, we all know that the place in heaven enjoyed by your Mom, now again, with your Dad, and that brings forward the grace of joy for us!
Not only that, instead of our praying FOR her, we now pray TO her, for her interceding on our behalf, for needs.
How beautifully taken care of by Nia, and the tender presence of her husband, when you Mom passed!
Most of all, the great modeling by each of her children, in seeing to her superlative care! You all have taught our future generations of Murphys, a tremendous lesson of a standard to be held, when called upon to make a response when such need presents themselves!
Do know of my sincere condolences to each of you, along with my sympathies in the loss that is so strong!
Just, also, be aware of how very proud your Dad is, for all of you, in your Moms care!

Our prayers are will continue to be with all of you!

With all my love and prayers,
Bob Brady, ofm

Posted by Bob Brady    June 20, 2020

Sending Big love to all you lovely Murphy's. Kathy was a wonderfully warm ,welcoming Mom that I always enjoyed seeing all these years later. I'm so sorry for the loss of this truly great matriarch, I see her in each of you. Blessings of Peace....

Posted by Karen Trombino-Brady - Aptos, CA - Family Friend   June 19, 2020

Aunt Kathy was a woman of charm, beauty, and grace. I will always remember her for her easy laugh and positive outlook, not to mention the family dinners and lively get-togethers. Her legacy lives on in her children and grandchildren. She will be missed.

Posted by Rita Athanacio - Family   June 18, 2020


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