Gayle Murphy

Gayle Murphy (Pechta)

August 17th, 1939 - August 23rd, 2020
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Gayle Jean Murphy, a resident of Larwill and previously of Warsaw, passed away in her Larwill home on Sunday, August 23, 2020 just before 4 p.m. Surrounded by her loving family at the time, she was 81 years old.

Gayle was born in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan on August 17, 1939. She was the daughter of Harry A. and Mabel (Ball) Pechta. She was a graduate of LaSalle High School in St. Igance and later of Grace College in Warsaw. It was while attending Grace College that she would meet Robert P. Murphy with whom she would spend more than 59 years; the pair was married on August 5, 1961.

Gayle was detail oriented and truly the rock of the Murphy family. She was an avid reader of several genre and loved time spent with her family. She also enjoyed traveling and visited many countries including several in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Professionally, Gayle is remembered for the 30+ years she dedicated to the Bowen Center as administrative assistance to the executive officer.

In addition to her husband, Robert of Larwill, Gayle is survived by daughter, Erin Freimuth of Fort Wayne; grandchildren: Lindsay (Sankey) Everson, Rebecca Freimuth and Noah Freimuth – all of Fort Wayne; brothers, Neal Pechta of Washington and Ross (J Jay) Pechta of Hillsdale, MI; sister, Shirley Coleman of Connecticut and a great-granddaughter, Kennedy Everson. She was preceded in passing by her parents; brother, Vernon Pechta; son, Sean P. Murphy and son-in-law, Stuart Freimuth.

Titus Funeral Home, 2000 East Sheridan Street, Warsaw is assisting the family who will gather privately at the funeral home before interment in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw. Condolences may be left at
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    Oakwood Cemetery
    421 N Maple St
    Warsaw, IN 46580
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Kurt Carlson

Posted at 11:11am
To Gayle's family...I am so saddened to hear of Gayle's passing. I can only imagine your sense of loss of such a wonderful person. Gayle worked as my loyal and trusted Executive Assistant for many years, until her retirement. She was irreplaceable! Gayle was always kind and helpful to everyone at Bowen Center and was a real asset to the Board of Directors as well.
I was recently going through the archived history of Bowen Center and looked through all the newspaper articles and photographs that had been collected by Gayle and others back as far as 1961. There were a number of photographs of Gayle at various staff events and meetings. Those brought tears to my eyes!
So sorry for your loss...Kurt Carlson

Donald Wilka

Posted at 08:50pm
Heartfelt condolences to you Robert and Erin. I was surprised when I saw in the paper of her death. If we had not recently moved back to Warsaw I may not have known. I worked with Gayle for many years at Bowen, 22 to be exact. As with many Administrative Assistants, she kept the place running and keeping the different CEOs in line. One thing that we had in common was a love of crossword puzzles. She was more avid than I was as I remember she use to create them for the newsletter that was published at the Center for a while. Again please accept my condolences and may you allow Him to comfort you through the people he places in your life as you celebrate her life and grieve her death.

Natalie Wilkinson

Posted at 04:37pm
Wishing your family healing and hope in this difficult year of sorrow. With love, Natalie (Coleman) Wilkinson and family.

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Posted at 03:30pm
Dear Robert and Erin, Wishing you strength, comfort and healing for your family in this year of loss. With love, Natalie Wilkinson and family.
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Bev Pajerski

Posted at 09:53am
So many fond memories. May she rest in peace with our beloved Sean, Stuart, and all who have gone before. Love you all so much, and you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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