Dorothy Grace Murphy

Cemetery Record Information

Full Name: Dorothy Grace Murphy
Maiden Name: LaPlant


Birth: June 13, 1921
Death: May 17, 2018
Age: 96



Dorothy Grace LaPlant Murphy, 96, of N2987 Hilltop Drive, Campbellsport, went to her eternal reward on May 17, 2018 at her home, surrounded by her family.  She was born on June 13, 1921, to Arthur and Cecelia Anna Croteau LaPlant in Walsh, Wisconsin. On June 1, 1946, she married Ambrose Murphy at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Walsh, Wisconsin. The couple farmed in the Town of Eden until 1956 and then operated Murphy’s Greenhouse for 35 years.

Dorothy, a graduate of Marinette High School and Oshkosh Teacher College, taught at Ethan Allen and Woodside, rural schools. She was a 4-H Leader, Fond du Lac County Fair Superintendent for Needle Arts for many years, and a guide at the Galloway House in Fond du Lac. Dorothy enjoyed sewing, crocheting, knitting, singing, painting and writing as well as tending to flowers and garden plants. She was known for her baking and canning skills. She was a member of the Sons of Zebedee: Sts. James and John Catholic Church in Byron and the Altar Society.

Survivors include her children: Michael (Molly Rose) of Lake Tomahawk; Patrick (Annette) of Campbellsport; Mary Dickens of Fond du Lac; Daniel (Juanita) of Lomira; Jane (John) Matusinec of Muskego and Helen (Boyd) Plankinton of Holton, Kansas; daughter-in-law Sharon Murphy of Campbellsport; 13 grandchildren: Kathy (Ronny) Cooksey of Albuquerque, NM; Sarah (Tony) Lowe of Campbellsport; Amanda Poole (Jimmy) of Hernando, MS; Mindy Murphy of Lomira; Stacey (Jeff) Stremke of West Bend; Nathan Ewing of Lomira; Megan Murphy of Kewaskum; Andrew, Kate, Zachary, and Daniel Matusinec of Muskego; Kevin (Kate) Plankinton of New Lenox, IL and Kirby Plankinton of Topeka, KS; 26 great-grandchildren; sister Joyce Johnson of Menominee, MI; many nieces and nephews; private nurse Anne Irish and Dorothy's little dog, Buddy.

Preceding her in death was her husband Ambrose on Sept. 11, 2010, a son, John Murphy; son-in-law, James Dickens; grandchildren, Jamie, Casey, and Christopher Murphy; her brother Francis LaPlant and his wife Eleanor; sister Cecelia Peterson and her husband Olaf; brother-in-law Oscar Johnson; brothers and sisters-in-law John and Elsie Murphy; Leo and Agnes Murphy and Jim and Mildred Murphy.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, May 21st at 11 am at Sons of Zebedee Parish, SS. James & John Catholic Church (W5882 Church Rd. Fond du Lac) in Byron.  Rev Michael Petersen will officiate.  Cremation to follow and private burial services will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Eden.  
Visitation will be held from 3 to 6 pm on Sunday, May 20th at Twohig Funeral Home, 109 W Main St., Campbellsport, and on Monday, May 21st at the Church from 10:00 am. until time of Mass. Memorials are appreciated to Sons of Zebedee Parish or the Arc Fond du Lac.  The Twohig Funeral Home is assisting the family with online guestbook and condolences at


St. Mary’s Cemetery – Eden, WI

Headstone Location:
Cremains, Eden, WI