Helen Murphy

Helen Catherine Murphy (Preiss)

Tuesday, January 31, 1911 - Monday, May 27, 2019
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January 31, 1911 -May 27, 2019
Cornwall, N.Y.

Helen Catherine (Preiss) Murphy of Cornwall, N.Y. entered into eternal rest on May 27, 2019 at her residence. She was 108 years old.

The daughter of the late Francis Preiss and Emma (Hahn) Preiss, she was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on January 31, 1911.

While working as an Executive Secretary with Texaco/Chevron in Long Island City, NY, Helen lived in Queens, NYC. After retiring she moved to Hallandale, Florida, subsequently moving to Ocala, Florida, before coming to Cornwall.

In her earlier days Helen was an avid bowler and golfer. She was an exceptional bridge player and particularly enjoyed playing duplicate bridge at the Powellton Club in Newburgh. She was also a long time member of The Catholic Daughters of America.

The family would like to thank the many Aides (Angels) that have cared for Helen over the past 20 years. It is only because of their support and care that we were able to keep Mom/Grandma at home. Special thanks to Valerie, Judy, Melanie, Darota, Erica and many of the other Willcare Aides - we are forever grateful.

Helen is survived by two sons: Kenneth G. Cook of Cornwall and Ronald W. Cook of New York City. She was blessed with 6 loving grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter Barbara Cook and a Grandson Kenneth G. Cook, Jr.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 30th from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Quigley-Sullivan Funeral Home, Inc., 337 Hudson Street, Cornwall-on Hudson, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 31st at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, 340 Hudson Street, Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY. Interment will follow the Mass at St. Charles Cemetery, Pinelawn, NY.

The family requests that no flowers be sent. Anyone wishing to make a gift of remembrance in Helen’s honor can do so to: The American Red Cross Disaster Relief, PO Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037-0839 or Catholic Charities, 2050 Ballenger Ave Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Arrangements are entrusted to Quigley-Sullivan Funeral Home, Inc.; to send condolences or to get directions to the funeral home please go to
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 30, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Thursday, May 30, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Quigley-Sullivan Funeral Home Inc.
    337 Hudson St
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  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, May 30, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Thursday, May 30, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Quigley-Sullivan Funeral Home Inc.
    337 Hudson St
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, May 31, 2019 | 10:00am
    Friday, May 31, 2019 10:00am
    St. Thomas of Canterbury Church
    340 Hudson Street
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    Rev. John Kwaku Sah
  • Interment

    St. Charles Cemetery
    2015 Wellwood Avenue
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Posted at 01:08pm
The death of your loved one Helen is one of the most devastating experiences your family will face. At times, the pain of the loss will feel unbearable. Please know that there are friends who care about you and your family during this difficult time and more importantly The Bible tells us that "God is near to those that are broken at heart.” We pray that Jehovah the God of all comfort is with your family during this difficult time of grief.

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