Barbara J. Murphy nee Zolna, age 80, of Lombard, formerly of Downers Grove for 50 years

Written by Brust Funeral Home on June 25th, 2020

Barbara J. Murphy nee Zolna, age 80, of Lombard, formerly of Downers Grove for 50 years, died June 24, 2020.

Visitation will be Wednesday, July 1st from 3 – 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, July 2nd, with prayers at 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home to Sacred Heart Church, 114 S. Elizabeth St, Lombard, for 10 AM Mass. Entombment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Justice, IL

Barbara was the beloved  wife of the late Thomas D., retired C.F.D.; loving mother of Tom J. of Calif, Jean Marie (Oscar) Tuscano of Calif, James Robert Murphy of Calif, Patti Dee Murphy-McMahon of Chicago, Colleen Marie Murphy of Calif, Maribeth (Mark) Millett of Lombard, and Michael Anthony Murphy of Calif; cherished grandmother of 14; fond great-grandmother of Leon, Rory and Fox; dear sister of Robert (Luce) Zolna of Chicago. She had many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Barbara grew up on the south side of Chicago. She graduated from Lourdes High School and was the Valedictorian of her class. Barbara graduated with a BS/RN degree from St. Francis College. She went on to get her MBA at George Williams College.

Barbara was the Head Nurse in ICU for 5 years at Rush Presbyterian in Chicago. She worked at Hinsdale Hospital for 17 years as the Director of Quality Assurance. Barbara was then the Vice President of Quality Assurance at Grant Hospital. She went on to be the Director of Quality Assurance at Medicon Co. She worked 10 years as a Registered Nurse at Lexington Healthcare in Elmhurst.

Barbara was a volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was a member of the Red Hat Society in Downers Grove. Barbara was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Lombard, and a former member of St. Joseph Church in Downers Grove.

Barbara was a loving grandma. She was involved with her grandchildren’s  activities at Sacred Heart School when they attended there.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, 8430 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60631, are appreciated.


16 Comments so far ↓

  1. Loretta Nykaza Piekarz says:

    Peace and love to the children/family of Barb Murphy, my friend since we met in first grade. We’ve kept up the friendship through all these years and I will hold on to all those memories.

  2. Jacqueline Farnaus says:

    We lived two streets from us until
    1970. I worked in the Emergency department and she worked at Hinsdale
    Hospital. She was an woman, mother and Nurse.She an Angel in
    arms of Jesus
    Condolences to your family and friends!♥️

  3. Catherine chavez says:

    Barb was the coolest! She was fun, smart, witty, supportive, considerate, And a very nice person. When MB and I were teenagers she treated our whole group of friends like grown ladies- she loved hearing About our lives over a glass of wine. She had quite a career and was greatly respected. She always had time to listen and made others feel important. A true gem and icon! My heart goes out to her family. May she be sharing a fine Merlot with her friends in heaven!

  4. Marcia Zytnowski-Hecht says:

    LOVED BARB – when we were in High School, she was our dependable President of the Class, and the classiest person I knew. She had remarkable life and I am so Proud to have known her. God Bless her family and friends

  5. Diane Oostendorp says:

    Sending deepest sympathy to all of Barb’s family. We worked together at Hinsdale Hospital in the 1980’s. She was quite the nurse and leader. Have many fond memories of those years.

  6. Ryan Metz says:

    Barbara was my grandmother, she over-achieved throughout her life and continued that trend as a grandmother. We had many Saturday’s that started with Grandma Murphy dropping a dozen dunkin doughnuts off at our house. It was like Christmas most weekends, I’m not sure who has the time or desire to get up early on a Saturday and do stuff like that but she did because her energy had no limits. Her example and will to excel in all areas of life will be a guide for us all and we will miss her greatly.

  7. John Cqvello says:

    One of the sweetest and truly nice people that I have ever know. First class all the way. May God bless her and keep her.

  8. Judith Jenkins says:

    Bill and I both admired and enjoyed Barb! We had many good times together. She was a very smart, impressive woman. We were proud to know her.

  9. Mary Field says:

    Barbara and Tom will always be treasured friends. They went above and beyond in responding to the needs of others. We cherish many happy memories. May they both rest in love and peace and may their family be comforted by loving memories.

  10. Ed Dubrovin says:

    What an accomplished life. A great person from a great generation. Condolences to all her family and friends.

  11. Carolyn Valo says:

    Sincere condolences to the Barbara Murphy family. I had the great fortune to work with Barbara at MediQual Systems. She was an inspiration & a committed professional to the work on quality in healthcare. Barbara is fondly remembered and is in thought and prayer.

  12. BJ Radek says:

    Sincere condolences to the Murphy family. She will remember for her wit, laugh and smile.

  13. Mary Ellen O'Brien (Jack & John, Mike & Joe) says:

    Barbara and Tom were very special. We were blessed to be a part of their lives. So many wonderful memories with their family and friends.
    Our love and prayers to you Barbara and your family.

  14. Mary Ellen O'Brien (Jack & John, Mike & Joe) says:

    Barbara and Tom were wonderful friends. They opened their home and hearts to our family. We have wonderful memories.
    Prayers and Peace, Barbara.
    God bless..
    Love to all the Murphy Family.

  15. Karen Palmquist says:

    My heartfelt condolences to the entire Murphy family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Your mother was an incredible matriarch and someone to be admired. May her influence and example always be with you and how blessed you are to have her for a mother and grandmother.

  16. Mike and Sheila Maschek says:

    Barbara and Tom were the best next door neighbors we could have hoped to have for over 30 years. Barbara was there for me with her nursing knowledge when I needed her help with the care of my mom – always supportive and caring. She will always have a place in my heart. She was a special lady.

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