Joan M. (Hanifan) Murphy

  • Born: July 9, 1930
  • Died: June 9, 2017
  • Location: Stoneham, Massachusetts

Barile Funeral Home

482 Main Street
Stoneham, MA 02180

Tel. 781.438.2280

Tribute & Message From The Family

Joan M. (Hanifan) Murphy, 86, died on Friday, June 9, 2017 at her home. She is the beloved wife of James Murphy, mother of Michael Murphy, Carol Flanagan and her husband Michael, the late Larry Murphy and the late Bobby Murphy. Grandmother of Erin, Patrick and Kelli Flanagan and Katelyn, Catherine and Michael Murphy. Sister of Robert Hanifan and the late Charles and Donald Hanifan.

Joan grew up in Malden and was a graduate of Cheverus High School. She worked for the City of Malden in the Engineering Department before retiring. Upon retiring she was able to spend 25 winters vacationing in Florida and celebrating St Patrick's Day with some very special people. She was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend to all. She was a special person with a smile that would light up a room as soon as she walked in. Social events and spending time with family and friends brought so much happiness to Joan. She loved to play cards with her grandchildren and was truly a "fashionista" who enjoyed shopping at her favorite store Chico's. She will truly be missed by all.

Funeral services from the Barile Family Funeral Home, 482 Main St. (RT28) Stoneham on Saturday at 9am followed by a funeral mass at 10am celebrating Joan's Eternal Life at St. Patrick's Church, 71 Central St., Stoneham.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to gather and share memories at the funeral home on Friday from 4-8pm. Interment will be held in Forestdale Cemetery in Malden.

In lieu of flowers, please consider giving donations to the Cardiac Transplant Program at Boston Children's Hospital in memory of Joan M. Murphy. Contributions can be made at Or mail checks, payable to Boston Children's Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital Trust, 401 Park Drive, Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215-5301. Please include Joan's name on memo line.

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Condolence & Memory Journal


Carol, deepest sympathy to you and your family. She was always so happy and full of life. Your memories will always keep her spirit alive. Love & Peace

Posted by Paula Hardy - Ipswich, MA   June 17, 2017

So sorry for your loss, Joan was a special person.

Posted by Jay & Joanne Visconti - Stoneham   June 17, 2017

Joan was a very sweet woman with a beautiful smile. May she RIP.
Dottie Marchese, Hiilside Gardens. 4BSMQ

Posted by Dottie Marchese - Stoneham, MA - Friend   June 15, 2017

To the Murphy, Flanagan and Hanifan families,

So sorry to hear of the loss of Mrs. Murphy. I have many fond memories of Mrs. Murphy from the old days in the Forestdale neighborhood. Thinking of you at this time. May your memories of Mrs. Murphy provide you with peace and comfort.

With sympathy,

Posted by Maureen Kelleher Webb - North Ft. Myers, FL   June 14, 2017

Miss Joan, you will be missed! Thank you for all your love and kindness that you have shown me over the years. My love and prayers are with you always! Much Love, Debbie Camarata

Posted by Debbie Camarata - Malden, MA   June 13, 2017


Joan Murphy was one of the most loving human beings I have been blessed to have known. She was genuine, honest, funny, beautiful, social, and a Happy Lady with a Memorable Smile. She always saw the best in people and knew when to offer good advise to those in need. I will truly miss her presence at family gatherings because she always lit up any room and I always looked forward to spending time with her. Will miss you dearly.

Posted by Patti Flanagan - Middleton, MA - Family   June 13, 2017

Joanie supplied a lifetime of lasting memories.
Her presence was overwhelming and she shined the brightest of
anyone in the room.

Posted by Thomas Kelleher - Wakefield, MA - Family Friend   June 13, 2017

Aunt Joan was a truly remarkable person!!! She always had a huge smile and positive attitude! I will miss her!!

Posted by Julie Flynn - Littleton, MA - Family   June 13, 2017

Joan We were so Lucky to have you in our lives we will truly miss Your SMILE and kind words !

Posted by Kathy, Rick, Ryan and Kyle Finch - Kingston, NH - Family   June 13, 2017


Heaven is a little bit brighter with Aunt Joan there, she always lit up the room with her very contagious smile. No matter how bad you felt when she gifted you with her smile it made you feel a little bit better. We will be at a loss without her presence and we will be a in the dark for awhile. Aunt Joan will be greatly missed by all she knew. I always loved the way she said my name Jeannie, Jeannie always twice and her arms open for one of the best hugs you could ever get. Always on my mind and forever in my heart.
Jeannie, Jeannie

Posted by Jean-Marie Flynn - W. Yarmouth, MA - Family   June 13, 2017

Learned many lessons from this beautiful lady, not the least of which was "Life is change, that's what it does and we have to along with it."
I don't know what I would have done without Joan's love and support when my Mom died. A very special lady who was a shining example of strength during the tough times and smiles through the tears, and their were plenty of them.
But the good times outweighed the bad and we were blessed to have known you, Joan.
The world was a better place with you in it. Truly. Love you and miss you forever

Posted by Julianne Hatct McDevitt - Newburyport, MA   June 13, 2017