Charlene Inez Murphy, 87, of Algona and formerly of Oelwein passed away on Monday April 4, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society in Algona. Memorial services will begin at 11 AM on Monday, June 27, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein with visitation that same morning from 9-10:30 AM at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein. Inurnment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein. Memorials may be directed to the family.
Charlene was born in Oelwein on December 26, 1928, the daughter of Lloyd and Luella (Stoddard) Payne. She grew up in the Oelwein area graduating from Oelwein High School in 1947. On May 31, 1958 she was united in marriage with Norbert F. Murphy at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein. They had two children, Lynn and Kevin. Charlene worked at the City Water Department and later as a secretary for an insurance company.
Charlene and Norbie loved to travel and following retirement, they took a trip to Ireland. Charlene also enjoyed gardening and tending to her flowers. She did yard work, mowed and shoveled until she was 80. She also loved to read, but her greatest pleasure was her family.
Charlene was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Loyal StarLodge and the American Legion Auxiliary. She will be dearly missed by all.
Left to celebrate Charlene’s life is her daughter Lynn (Jim) McMahon of Algona and their children: Michael and Ryan; her son Kevin (Molly) Murphy of White Bear Lake, MN and their children: Erin and Brian. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.