Carol J. Murphy, 80, Spencer, passed away peacefully at her residence on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. A funeral service was held on Tuesday, Aug. 29, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Spencer. Rev. Rebekah Tarras officiated. Burial followed in West Spencer Cemetery in the township of Sherman. The honor of pallbearer belonged to grandsons Kevin, Dakota, Dayton, and Robert Murphy, and sons-in-law Gary Seehafer and Paul Christopherson.
Carol Setterman was born on Sept. 16, 1936, in Park Falls, the daughter of Joseph and Myra (nee Smart) Setterman. Her family moved to Butternut, where she later graduated from Butternut High School. On April 20, 1955, Carol married her high school sweetheart, Donald E. Murphy, and to this union, nine children were born and raised. In hopes of providing more opportunities for their children, Carol and Don decided to move their family to the Spencer area in 1973 where they owned and operated a dairy farm. Her children can remember many breakfast meals where mom had to make more than 100 pancakes just to feed everyone present. After retiring from dairy farming in 1982, Carol worked for the Spencer Public School as head of the custodial department. Her hobbies included cooking and baking wonderful foods for her family, knitting items with her patient and gifted hands, going to different tracks and events with their race horses, or sometimes just going for a ride with her husband and best friend, Don. Carol’s greatest love was spending time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-granddaughter.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Donald Murphy Sr.; her step-father, Norman Haegerl of Glidden; her children: Donald E. Murphy Jr. of New Ulm, Minn., Patrick (Sue) Murphy of Spencer, David (Janalee) Murphy of Chili, Brenda (Gary) Seehafer of New Ulm, Minn., Steven Murphy of Marshfield, Kurt Murphy of Bowie, Texas, Bridget (Paul) Christopherson of Marshfield, and Barbara Andres of Spencer; 16 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; her siblings: Roger (Betty) Setterman of Burlington, Eugene (Gloria) Setterman of Rib Mountain, Myrna Hilgart of Park Falls, Barbara (Don) Michalski of Park Falls, Linda (Don) Liebelt of Fifield, Susan (Michael) Schnautz of Butternut, Vicky (Cliff) Myzska of Athens, Michael (Brenda) Setterman of Butternut, and Debra (Al) Thimm of Glidden; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and cherished friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Myra; a son, Robert; and a brother, Raymond Setterman.
If desired, memorials in Carol’s name can be directed to The Carol and Robert Murphy Scholarship Fund at Spencer High School.
Her arrangements are under the care of Life Tributes Funeral Home-Spencer. Visit www.lifetributesfuneralhome.com to share condolences.