Sister Edward Joseph Murphy, C.S.J., a Sister of St. Joseph, Brentwood, for 86 years, died July 10 on hospice care in Maria Regina Residence. She was 104.
Born Marie Murphy, she grew up in the Rockaways and entered the congregation in 1932 from St. Francis de Sales parish, Belle Harbor.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in education and master’s degree in French at St. John’s University, and a master’s in theology from St. Bonaventure University.
She earned certifications: in French at Paris-Sorbonne University and New York State University, guidance/counseling at Long Island University; drug education at Adelphi University, and as a pastoral associate from the U.S. Catholic Conference.
She taught at St. Michael, Brooklyn, 1934-43; Our Lady of Sorrows, Corona, 1943-46; St. Francis Xavier Academy H.S., Park Slope, 1946-47; and St. Brendan D.H.S., Midwood, 1947-48.
She spent nearly a decade teaching at St. Angela Hall Academy, Fort Greene, 1948-57; before moving onto St. Joseph Novitiate, Brentwood, 1957-60; The Mary Louis Academy, Jamaica Estates, 1960-65; Our Lady of the Snows, N. Floral Park, 1965-69; and Fontbonne Hall Academy, Bay Ridge, 1969-72.
Following a move to Long Island, she served at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Wyandanch, 1972-73; and was director of outreach at Sacred Heart, North Merrick, 1973-93.
She continued to minister at Maria Regina Residence, 1993-99; Our Lady of Grace, West Babylon, L.I., 1999-04; St. Joseph Convent, Brentwood, 2004-18, and also volunteered in the Learning Connection, where newly arrived immigrants learned English as a second language.
Poor health necessitated a move back to Maria Regina Residence this year.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Joseph Renewal Center. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Brentwood.