Welcome to the memorial page for

Pearl T. (Karwaski) Murphy

July 9, 1940 ~ May 16, 2017 (age 76)

Pearl T. Murphy, 76, of Union Dale, died Tuesday afternoon at home. Together 60 years, her husband is John Martin Murphy.

Born July 9, 1940, in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Leo and Pauline “Pearl” Sandrowicz Karwaski. Pearl was a graduate of South Catholic High School She loved school, bandstand, and dancing. She auditioned for the Rockettes and was chosen, but her father did not want her to move to NYC. From the time she was young she worked first at Moosic Bakery, then as a diamond drill bit setter at Spragen Henwood, and for the past 50 yrs as the business manager for Murphy Well Drilling.

There was saying in the Murphy household, “When they made moms, they made MOM.” Everyone who met pearl called her “Mom”, and she gave plenty of “mothering” advice to people over the years, like it or not.

Pearls greatest love was her family-she married John, the love of her life, and together they lived through the good times and bad, and stayed side by side, through sickness and health. Her love for her children was just as pure-her only wish for them was to be happy and healthy. There was never pressure to live a certain way or to be anything other than yourself. Mom loved unconditionally, and that love is, and will always be, reciprocated, by everyone who was blessed to know her. She will be missed.

Also surviving are nine children, John Murphy, Jr., Union Dale; Kathy Demianovich and husband Stephen, Forest City; Margaret Murphy, Browndale; Donna Foster and husband John, Morgantown WV; Carol Murphy, Wayne, NJ; Michael Murphy, Union Dale; Joseph Murphy and wife Donna, Thompson; Patrick Murphy and wife Marily, Union Dale; and Coleen Alexander and husband Matthew, Catskill, NY; two sisters Carol Archer, Scott Twp.; Joanna Iannuzzo, Moosic; several 13 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Also preceded in death by an infant son James; two sisters Mary Lou Woytach and Leona Caviston; an infant brother Adam Joseph; grandchildren Justin and Sara

Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday at 10am in St. Joseph's Church, Delaware Street, Forest City. Friends are asked to go directly to the church. Viewing will be Thursday from 4 to 7 pm in the Kevin M. Lesjack Funeral Home, 513 Main Street, Forest City. Interment will be private.

 Service Information

May 18, 2017

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Kevin M. Lesjack Funeral Home
513 Main Street
Forest City, PA 18421

Mass of Christian Burial
May 19, 2017

10:00 AM
St. Joseph's Church
741 Delaware Street
Forest City, PA 18421

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