2011-06-09 / Obituaries


Ida M. Murphy, nee Zenir, passed away at the age of 90 years old, on May 10, 2011, in Miamisburg, OH. She was born of Austrian immigrant parents, Charlotte and Joseph Zenir, in Hoboken, NJ, on August 9, 1920. She is preceded in death by her husband, Cornelius (Connie), her parents, her sister the first Ida, her brother John Zenir, her son Cornelius (Neil) Murphy, and her daughter Margaret Merrill. She is survived by her daughter, Ann Murphy- Fenner, and her son, Michael Murphy, both of Centerville, OH. Ida was filled with an inner strength, an easy wit, and compassion for the less fortunate. Due to the nature of the times, her life growing up was difficult but it produced in her a strong work ethic and determination which she attributed to her mother, and to the example of her father. During her youth, her parents moved their family to The Bronx where she resided until her retirement in 1985. In her career years, Ida worked as a highly skilled Executive Assistant in Manhattan and then the Bronx. Upon her retirement in August 1985 she relocated to Carmel, New York, where she lived until 2006 at which time, she moved to Elmcroft Assisted Living in Miamisburg, OH, to reside close to her children. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 20 greatgrandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren. Ida was an avid gardener, an amazing cook, and a talented artist. She gave freely of her time and energies as a volunteer to a number of organizations in Carmel, New York, including Hope Town for the disabled where she taught residents to paint and draw, as a volunteer for Hospice, and at Putnam Hospital Center, as well as being a member of the Ladies Garden Club. Ida has returned to her home State of New York to be buried at her family plot at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, NY. She was deeply loved and will be sorely missed.

On Tuesday, June 14, at 9 a.m. a funeral Mass will be said at Our Lady of the Lake, Noonan Dr., Lake Carmel, NY. Internment commences at The Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, N.Y. Family and friends are lovingly invited to an outdoor gathering at 12:30 p.m. at The Patterson Park, 65 Maple Ave., Patterson, NY, to celebrate her life. Ida’s family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the wonderful staff at Elmcroft in Miamisburg, as well as to the nurses of Hospice of Miami Valley who cared for her so lovingly. If so desired, donations in Ida’s name may be made to Hospice of Miami Valley, 46 No. Detroit St., #13, Zenia, OH 45485 or to Camp Care at campcare.org.

Arrangements are being handled by Cargain Funeral Homes, Inc., 10 Fowler Avenue, Carmel, 845-225-3672.

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