Dorothy C. Murray

Dorothy C. Murray age 94 of Hartington, Nebraska died on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at Hillcrest Care Center in Laurel, Nebraska.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, October 3, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington with the Rev. Owen Korte officiating.  Burial will be at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Hartington.  Visitation will be on Sunday, at church, from 4-6:00 p.m. with the Vigil service at 5:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue on Monday one hour prior to services.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.

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Pallbearers will be her grandsons Brad Peitz, Mike Peitz, Nick Peitz, Pat Peitz, Matt Hoesing, Mitch Hoesing, Alex Roberts, Cliff Murray, Dillon Murray, and Andrew Murray.

Honorary pallbearers will be her granddaughters Sheri Bell, Laura Petersen, Melanie Woods, Melissa Hoesing, Danielle Christman, Burgandy Zschetzsche, and Lindsey Roberts.

Dorothy Christina was born on September 24, 1928 in Crofton, Nebraska to Jacob and Regina (McNally) Guenther.  She grew up in the Crofton and St. James Nebraska areas.  Dorothy began working in her early years at the Ben Franklin Store (Dime Store) prior to her marriage.  Dorothy married LaVern (Vern) Bernard Murray on November 21, 1950 in Hartington.  She and Vern raised 10 children in Hartington – Bev, Bob, Jerry (Badger), Anne, Jeff, John, Chuck, Shane, Christie, and Paul.  After her children were grown, Dorothy worked at the Holy Trinity School cafeteria for over 24 years, eventually becoming the food service manager.

Dorothy was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and volunteered in many ways over the years.  She was also a member of the Christian Mothers, and an active participant at the Hartington Senior Center and the Hillcrest Care Center.  Dorothy raised a garden and canned fruits and vegetables.  In later years, she loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and taking daily walks around town to see friends and neighbors.

Dorothy is survived by eight children, Beverly (Darrell) Peitz of Hartington, Robert Murray of Norfolk, Anne Hoesing of Jackson, Jeffery (Jane) Murray of Dayton, OH, Charles (Lynette) Murray of Fullerton, Shane Murray of Raleigh, NC, Christie Murray of Wayne, Paul Murray of St. Paul, MN; 17 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; one brother Ralph Guenther of Yankton, SD; a sister, Alice Schumacher of Norfolk, and many nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents Jacob and Regina Guenther; husband Vern on February 2, 1981 at the age of 65 years; two sons Gerald and John Murray; a granddaughter; son-in-law Howard Hoesing; four brothers Armand, Harold, Marvin, and Jim Guenther; sisters Eleanor (Dale) Bergman, and Verna (Al) Pinkelman; and many other family and friends.



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6 response to "Dorothy C. Murray"

  1. By: Scott McCaw Posted: September 29, 2022

    So sorry for your loss. Will miss seeing her. Prayers to you all.

  2. By: Bob Litz Posted: September 30, 2022

    Sorry to hear about your mother passing. I have wonderful memories from when we were kids and she was always kind to me.

  3. By: Marlys Hines Posted: September 30, 2022

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss seeing her take her daily walk to the post office. The community has lost such a special lady. RIP sweet Dorothy.

  4. By: Laura S Noecker Posted: October 1, 2022

    Dorothy will be missed by many. I enjoyed our visits in the backyard and giving her rides when I saw her walking here and there. She knew every crack in the sidewalks of Hartington. She had a kind heart and loved her Lord deeply. He will greet her with a host of angels!
    Laura Noecker

  5. By: Larry Murray Posted: October 4, 2022

    So sorry to hear of Dorothy’s passing. I’m also sorry I did not get a chance to visit with the family on her passing. My prayers go out to you all. I still remember when Vern and Dorothy would make ice cream on the porch when we came to town many years back. Boy, that had to be a lot of ice cream! Wishing you all the best.

  6. By: Teri Foster Orr Posted: October 12, 2022

    Anne, I’m so sorry for your loss. Teri

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