Testimonials


Murphy Funeral Home staff, thank you for your service to us and Ernie.
Clara Prince

Clara Prince
May 27, 2017

On behalf of Willard Milliman’s family we would like to thank Eric Van Zeilen and Charlie Zeigler and Murphy Funeral and Cremation Services for their outstanding service when our Dad passed away. The worst day of the snowstorm of March 2017, they picked up our Dad from the hospital and met with us to start arrangements. Their compassionate professionalism was a steadying force during those trying days. They seamlessly handled all the arrangements and at so many opportunities, Eric made remarks that were so needed and comforted us all. Due to the snowstorm, we were not able to bury our Dad, but they again quietly took care of all the arrangements a month later. So very thankful for all that you did for our family.

Cyndi Dowling
April 29, 2017

I wanted to take the time to thank you all so very much for your kindness and professionalism with the arrangements for mom! A big "thank you" for the pizza at the end of a long night!! Many, many thank you's .

Pat, Jenifer, Katie, Tatum Smyth

Pay Smyth
March 13, 2017

Wayne

Do you have the story of the wreath pin? It is such a beautiful thing to do and I want to send a pin to two of my high school buddies who always called her Mom. I would like to send the explanation of the pin, but under the circumstances, I don't remember all of it.

Thank you for providing such a beautiful beginning for her life with Papa.

Jean

Jean Taillie
March 8, 2017

Dear Wayne,
Thank you so much for all that you did to make it easier for me, and my sister, at the time of my mom's passing. It was so frustrating to try and find the phone numbers, and to get through, to the caretaker of the cemetery, the priest and the monument company. I don't know what I would have done without your help. Billings monuments did a great job and the stone was in place on the day of the service.
It was a beautiful day in spite of the circumstances. It was great to see so many friends and family gather to celebrate my mother's long life. Father O'Hare is a remarkable speaker. The Mass was beautiful.
Best Regards,
Kathy Madden

Kathy Madden
December 5, 2016

The family of Priscilla Zonneville wants to thank the entire staff of Murphy Funeral Home for their compassionate care in our time of need

Gayle Shaver
October 4, 2016

Eric,
Thank you for everything you did for us. You made a difficult time a little easier. The service was beautiful. We really appreciate everything. Thanks.

The Roberts Family

The Roberts Family
September 14, 2016

Wayne and the staff at Murphy's:
Thank you so much for all that you have done. Your thoughtfulness for every detail has made this difficult time in our lives seem much easier to get through. Meghan is a wonderful young lady and will not be forgotten. She touched a lot of lives. Our memories are all we have now... but what wonderful memories they are. I miss her so very much as so many others do. Thank you so much for caring, and for the caring and respect you gave to Meghan.

Dennis and Edna Houser
and Meghan's family

Dennis and Edna Houser
September 7, 2016

I want to express my heartfelt thanks to Eric Van Zeilen and his staff for the way they took care of my late wife Lalena. From taking her into their care from the hospital shortly after her passing to the arrangements at the Macedon Chapel
every detail was handled with kindness and concern for her dignity. Words can
barely express the relief and gratitude I have for Eric's caring and professional
treatment in taking care of every detail of our wishes. He truly made the worst
time in my life easier to bear.

Paul Braman - Family of Lalena MacDonald
September 4, 2016

On behalf of my entire family, I just wanted to say thank you for helping me through the process of planning my mom's funeral. Everything seemed 'just right' and I do appreciate how easy you made it for me and how smoothly it all went. Thank you.

Family of Susanna Knapp
September 4, 2016

Thank you for all that you did for our family and Meghan. It was the most beautifully arranged funeral I had ever seen. Y'all put in so much time, energy, and thoughtfulness and everyone commented that you took the time to make it special for us. I keep replaying the services in my mind on my 16 hour drive home and there's not one thing I would do different. The most amazing part for me was the time you gave me with my baby sister on Wednesday. That helped my soul release guilt of things I needed to say face to face. I told her how much I loved her, cared for her, and how sorry I was as I stroked her hair. That was a gift I could never repay you for. Thank you, and all your staff, for making it such a memorable service for our family and friends.

With deepest gratitude.

Paula Clifton

Paula Clifton
July 17, 2016

Wayne,
Thank you again for all your team did for our family during mom's services. You made a difficult time much easier for all of us.

Dan Joensen
June 28, 2016

Dear Wayne, Eric and family members, thank you for all of your support and attention to details with Ernie's funeral arrangements. The memorial service was touching and attendees specifically provided positive feedback on the poem, the pins and symbolism, and the beautiful handcrafted carrier. They were added touches that made the service memorable. Ernie would be (is) pleased to know how smoothly, even with rain in the mix, the memorial went and for you to handle all of the details. On behalf of the VanderMolen family, our sincere gratitude. Best, Donna

Donna Neu
June 22, 2016

Wayne,
Thanks for everything. I couldn't be happier with the job you guys did...compassionate and professional.

Todd Sones
June 21, 2016

Hi Wayne,

My siblings have commented to me on what a great job you, and your staff, did to make a difficult moment in our lives so organized and beautiful. Thank you again. Laurie

Laurie DeSantis
June 21, 2016

Wayne,
All went as planned for the services of my father, Joseph Pilato, from the wake, to the funeral, to the cemetery to the military honors. We are very appreciative of how supportive you and your staff was in making this go smoothly.

Terri Zbick
June 21, 2016

Wayne,
Thank you for your thoughtfulness. Thank you to everyone for a lovely viewing of our mom. We appreciated your kindness and professional service and the special things you do...thank you Wayne and the entire staff.

John and Tammy Joensen and Family
June 21, 2016

Dear Wayne and everyone at Murphy's:  We wanted to send our personal thank you, to you, and your wonderful staff for all of the assistance in preparing the arrangements for the funeral service for mom.  From our initial contact with you through to the day of, and after, you made a very difficult time in our lives much easier to manage.  You helped us focus on the tasks at hand that needed to be completed , but also took a lot of the burden off of us, all the while still maintaining  the care and attention desired it the remembrance of our mother/wife.  We were vey pleased with the service provided in honoring our mother/wife and we will gladly (already have) recommend your funeral home to other family and friends.

The family of Beverly Evelyn Barnard Weeks

When one is exhausted, grieving, and not thinking straight they need someone to take over and do it for them, and that you did.  Thanks for your compassion, caring, patience and presence.  It made the whole process go as I wanted it to without the stress.

Bonnie Brown

Eric, thank you for making the preparations for my mother's service easier for myself and my family.  The pin ceremony you performed was so moving, it brought closure to my family

The Charlotte Hake family

Wayne, thank you so very, very much for guiding Mary and I through a tough road these past days. You and everyone at Murphy's were unbelievably supportive and kind.  Everything was handled before we asked.  God Bless---

Sandy and the Doyle family

Eric- Wanted to "thank you" personally for your support!  I couldn't ask for any better.  I'm so  happy that we chose your services.

Jim Parr

Dear Eric- Words cannot express how appreciative we are for the warmth and caring you extended to us as you guided us through difficult decisions for our father's funeral and calling hours. Your kindness and concern meant so much. Your facility felt like home and all the details were handled perfectly.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

The family of Allison Fisher

Thank you so much, you did a great job.

Mary P. Breen family

Wayne , Eric and staff- Thank you very much to all of you for your wonderful help to all of our family saying goodbye for now to Gordon.  We all very much appreciated how easy you made it for all of us.  Mom was overwhelmed by everything happening so fast but she very much wanted you all to know how much it meant to her to have such a niece remembrance service for dad.

The Wagner family

Dear Wayne, Eric and Dawn, Our thanks to each of you for your help at this difficult time.  The "t's" were crossed and the "i's" dotted! Very professionally done- May mom rest in peace.

Doris Marie Triest

on behalf of the family and friends of Rosemarie Langdon and Andrew Maslyn, I'd like to thank you for such a beautiful service of remembrance and all you've done for us.  We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers as you celebrate the holidays with your loss also. A special thank you to Wayne.

Langdon and Maslyn family

Murphy Funeral Home...thank you so much for all you did for my nephew Danny's funeral.  The love and respect you showed our family to honor our hero.

The family of Daniel Metcalf

Eric, Thank you for your help and kindness at this difficult time.  We were able to say goodbye to Helen in a loving and meaningful way because of you managing the details and helping us.  Thank you--we appreciate it.

the Ebert family

Dear Wayne, Please accept our sincere gratitude, as well as Pat's, for all of the careful and discreet attention you gave to every detail of the arrangements you made for our dear mother.  You have been just wonderful, a pillar of strength and very real assistance and all with great kindness and understanding.  You are amazing  at all you accomplish in a very brief period of time.  You do it all quietly and with respect and compassion.  You made yourself available to us to make the arrangements on a Sunday and every other  moment we needed a question answered, or had a concern.  You were completely responsive to every detail and you eased the entire process immeasurably.  Our service for mom was personal to the remaining family and although we were few, every aspect of the day was beautifully and respectfully observed by you and your assistants..  You maintain a fine balance of professionalism, warmth and intimacy for family and friends.  You and your colleagues have become friends to us.

Judy and John Setchell

Wayne, thank you for the wonderful care that you gave not only our family but also our father.  We had a number of people tell us how nice the calling hours were and also they like the fact that there was water out for everyone.  The family really did enjoy having the water.

PatSue and the Schreiner family

The family of Priscilla Zonneville wants to thank the entire staff of Murphy Funeral Home for their compassionate care in our time of need.

Gayle Shaver

Eric...Thank you for everything !  We were truly blessed to have you guide us through it.  Thank you.

The Joe Leuze family

The word professionalism is tossed around a lot in many types of business. When it comes to the Funeral business it gets to the personal level. I have had the opportunity to use the services of Murphy Funeral Home and Cremation Chapels. I can only say that the standard of excellence in this business if set by this company. No stone goes unturned. The attention to detail is impeccable to the point of the deceased favorite candies being made available to the visitors. The chapel in Palmyra, is like gong to visit a friends house. I had my wife's service there and heard may comments of how quaint the house looked and how well kept up it was. I had family from Oklahoma who have never seen such a beautiful funeral home. The staff is just truly professional. They take the time to explain every detail and really put a emphases on service. I can only say when it comes to the rest Murphy's is the best. Thank you Steve, Wayne, Eric and the staff behind the scenes who follow up on everything I didn't think of. My wife would have been very happy to receive her friends at your wonderful facility.

Sharon Schlafer's Family

Just wanted to give a big "Thank you" for everything you did for us in the death of our mother.  We also appreciate the time you spent looking for an urn to fit her niche.  Also, for the little bags of M&Ms.  At a low point in our lives, it was comforting to know you had things covered.  We couldn't have asked for better.

The family of Grace Showman

Dear Wayne, Thank you again for coming to our library to talk about funeral homes and spending time with one of our regular patrons.  I'm sorry I wasn't available to see you off when you left and I hope you have an enjoyable summer.  Amy Aderman, Youth Services Librarian.

Red Jacket Community Library

Dear Eric and Associates,
Kathy and I can not thank you and your staff enough for the excellent care you gave my Dad during his recent passing.  From the very first phone call by Eric, to the funeral plans and until putting Dad to rest.
Eric you folks were there for us with the arrangements to his casket to his vault and burial was very very professional and made it extremely easy for Kathy and I.  We really don't know how to thank you enough for the outstanding job you did for us.

With our sincere thank you,
The family of Earl Hinkson

Earl & Kathy

We so want to thank you all for the great service for our mother Dorothy Closser.  You took a lot off our shoulders. Thank you.

The Closser Family

Wayne

Thanks again for all you have done for the Delaney/Smith families, it will be long remembered and appreciated.

Delaney/Smith family

Wayne & Eric,

Please accept our gratitude for your support at the time of Joy's father's memorial service.  You came through at the last minute and made a difficult time much less stressful.  Joy's mom has proudly displayed the flag and it is comforting to know the ashes have been laid to rest with dignity.  The circle of life pins are being cherished by several family members.  

With great appreciation,
Bob and Joy Ike


PS- You have a gem in Charlie Ziegler.  We tryuly appreciate the kindness and care he personally extended during this difficult time.  He is an incredible representative of Murphy Funeral Services.

Bob and Joy Ike

Wayne, thank you for everything you have done for us.  It would not have been possible without your help.  We appreciate everything you are doing to help us.  Thank you again for your generosity and kind heartedness.

Tanya Backus and Kevin Deutenberg

Dear Mr. Brophy,
I just want to let you know how deeply I appreciate your consistent and compassionate care in executing the arrangements for my mother's funeral. Thank you and God Bless you.

Michael Pringle

Wayne, I would like to thank you for all your hard work.  You made the funeral seamless. I could not ask for a better arrangement.

Haliza Rifenberg

To everyone at Murphy's:
Thank you for you amazing sensitivity, organization, charity, thoughtfulness and heartfelt work.  This emotional and fragile event was handled flawlessly from our perspective.  Thank you for being a genuine local business and for honoring and carrying on the beautiful memory of our friend Mike's mission.  We are proud honored to support such a committed and beautiful business.

The Green Angels

Eric, Wayne and Murphy staff:

We want to thank you again for making our mother's funeral so special.  She would have been so pleased with the service and her presentation. We know we pleased her in the end and that meant the world to us.  Job well done.

Carol Stavalone and Cora Benne

Wayne, I want to thank you and your associates for the care and respect you showed in providing a beautiful funeral for my mother, Marjorie Ayers.  You took care of paperwork and made arrangements for everything, even gave the family private time which meant a lot to everyone.  I know we took more time than was discussed, but you didn't rush us, everything was done with great respect and care which relieved a lot of stress off our shoulders.  Thank you very much.

Debbie Ayers

Wayne and staff at Murphy's:
Thank you so much for all your help, advice and kind words.  Thank you for putting together a beautiful funeral package for my mother Elaine Smith.  You did a wonderful job.  It was greatly appreciated.

Elaine Smith family

Wayne and staff...Thanks so much for all that was done for Dorothy...she would have liked it all.  Thanks for the service at the cemetery...everyone remarked at your easy to get along with attitude...thanks for the memorial book...

Jean Johnson

Wayne, Eric, Charlie and staff...just a quick note of "many thanks" for all of your efforts and kind help in taking such wonderful care of our mom, Beverly Carter, and helping make her memorial a wonderful celebration of her life...from the entire family...thank you, Jeff Carter.

Jeff Carter and family

Dear Wayne: On behalf of my family I wish to thank you for all your efforts regarding my mother's (Linda Cook) calling hours and burial service. Everything went smoothly and exactly as we imagined.  Your thoughtfulness during a difficult time is greatly appreciated.

Karen Ocque and the family of Linda Cook

We want to let you know we received the beautiful memorial volume you sent us.  Your thoughtfulness and kindness was very much appreciated. We would also like to thank Wayne Brophy for the wonderful job he did for our son's service. It was just beautiful. He made a very difficult time a little easier.  Thank you again.

Ron and Martha Zuber

Hi Wayne...as we are fast approaching Kyle's one year anniversary on November 20th, I just wanted to send you a quick note to say "thank you"!  You were so patient and kind during everything.  I can't thank you enough for all you did that a company such as yours does not have to...I still look back and think about how you and Eric went out of your way to wear your reindeer hats to celebrate his life right along with us on the day of his burial!  He is at total peace now with a beautiful bench at his grave.  We are holding a candlelight vigil outside my sister's home, this Thursday, November 20th at 6:45PM.  You are so welcome to join us if you are able. Again, I thank you from the bottom of my heart on behalf of our family and friends!

Jessica Freling/Kyle Savary's Aunt

Wayne, thank you again for your caring and compassion towards our family in helping to plan and carry out a loving tribute to our sister Mary Annette.  Everything that we had discussed in detail with you was carried out perfectly and we are most grateful. Our deepest appreciation, once again, for your help and expertise and kind and gentle manner that you extended to us.  We will always be very grateful and remember how you served our family so well at a very difficult time in our lives.  God bless you and yours Wayne.

Family of Mary Ceccano

Merry Christmas to all...

Thank you for the beautiful Remembrance Service.  Every time I pass the Murphy Funeral Home, I say a prayer to all, including the twins.

Bless you,

Florence Socha

Florence Socha

Wayne,
Thank you again for all your team did for our family during mom's services. You made a difficult time much easier for all of us.

Dan Joensen

Dear Eric, Dawn and Charlie,

We appreciate all the arrangements you made for Polly's memorial service and for all the details you attended to in presiding over the services and burial.  Your efforts were not only professional but also warm and caring, and you helped make the whole experience comforting and less stressful.  finally the "Circle of Life" pins were a lovely, thoughtful touch.  

Thank you for helping everything to run smoothly on Monday for your moral support.

Sincerely,

Diane, Tim, Mike and Mindy

Pauline Crombe Family

Eric,

Thank you from our family for all that you did for our loved one and for us!  Evelyn Ashton

Yeager Family

Dear Mr. Brophy:
You Hold our family's highest regard for taking such time out of your busy schedule to participate in the funeral of our mother, Helen Decker. Thank you, Mr. Brophy, for your being there for "your" family, so to speak, as we now consider you to be one of us.  You have shown us the greatest respect.

The family of Helen Decker

Dear Wayne and Staff:

Thank you for your help when we needed it most.  Your services were professional and sensitive.  The suggestions you made helped us keep things simple...as our mom wanted.

Provosst Family

The book, "Come Unto Me", along with my mother's funeral was lovely.  We really appreciated all your attention to details and for making us all comfortable.  Thank you.

Griffith Family

This volume, "Come Unto Me" celebrating Polly's life will be a priceless memorial to bequeath to future generations.  Thank you.

McCallum Family

To all at Murphy's:  Thank you so much for your kindness and all the care you gave Nancy.  We all appreciate your time and effort to help our family.

The Wheelers

Wheeler Family

Thank you for your comforting services during this difficult time.  Whatever, and whenever, a request was made, you and your staff accommodated.  Even though it was a heartbreaking and unfamiliar time for our family, this stage of the process has some pleasant memories because of the services provided.  Thank you.

The family of Shirley Jabout

A note of thanks to everyone for making a sad and difficult time in my life so much easier with your kindness, compassion and professionalism. All of your help and guidance was much appreciated.

Family of Julio Genuro

Dear Eric,

Words cannot express how much we so appreciated all the things you and your co-workers did for us at a very very sad time in our lives.
You were always there for us no matter what.  We never had to go through this before and you were so helpful and willing to help us at all times.  It's so comforting to know that you made us feel like family and we had total trust in you.
I know it was a "huge" calling hours and it went smoothly, thanks to Murphy Funeral Home and you!!
I had many people say what a nice, polite guy you were and they were so impressed with your professionalism and most of all your warm and caring ways.
Thanks again for everything, we truly appreciate all you did for us!!!

Love,
Marilyn and Family

Marilyn & Family: The family of Richard Padgham

Dear Wayne and Brenda:
We have now closed the life cycle on earth for our good brother Harry Wachob.  On Saturday, July 25, 2015 services were held for him at the Presbyterian Church in Punxsutawney, PA. It was a very nice service with all family and friends coming away feeling very good about Harry's journey.  He will be missed but today he is with his family that have gone before him. I am sure it will be a great reunion, even better than the sixty that have been held here. I can't begin to thank you for the help and support that we have received from both of you. Wayne, the excellent support that you gave us throughout Harry's difficult time here in Rochester. Everything from helping us to plan his journey, to e-mails asking us if you could help in any way.  Brenda, you provided the care and support for Harry once he was received in Punxsutawney. Laying him to rest next to his wife Yvonne and his mother and father. Making sure the pastor was there to bless his interment.
Our family, and especially me, can not thank you enough for all that you have done. I feel like I know have two new friends based on the way you have treated the care of my big brother Harry and the compassion shown towards our family.  The two of you are very special people and I feel I am a better person for having had the opportunity of meeting you.

Very best regards,
Paul Wachob

Paul Wachob

Dawn, Eric and Wayne:
I would like to extend a thank you to all who were involved at this difficult time in my life.  The death of a loved one is never easy but you were very helpful, efficient, patient and caring.

Thank you for all of the care you have given to Alice Rankin.

Sincerely,

Carol M. Beach
Daughter

Carol M. Beach

Michele Fernaays

Wayne, Eric, Jeff and Dick Doyle:

Thank you for your sensitivity in all that you did to make a sad occasion run smoothly and your attention to details.  You took care of everything allowing us to focus on Dad.  I am so used to taking care of things in my family and I can't tell you enough how much you lightened my load in making sure things were done well and with quality.  All of my family noticed as well.  They were very pleased with all that was done.  It is a real credit to please so many people with how things went and how things looked.  I can not think of anything we would have changed.  You did a wonderful job and your concern for us was appreciated.

Michele Fernaays

To the staff at Murphy's:

Please know how much we appreciate the caring and expertise given to us during our time of loss.  The dedication and professionalism of all of you helped guide us through a very difficult process.  Especially meaningful was the additional arrangement of flowers in the anchor pitcher.

With Sincere Thanks,

Norma and the family of Howard A. Fisher

Fisher Family

Wayne:  Words cannot express our thankfulness and gratitude for everything you did to make our mother's funeral so comforting and special.  Thank you so much for your professionalism, your customer service and your attention to detail. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  Our sincere thanks to all those who worked on mom's funeral as well.

Family of Lois Peterson

Dear Eric,

We just wanted to thank you.  You made a hard time so much easier.  Everything turned out just the way I wanted, it was beautiful.  
Thank you for the beautiful flag display case.  
I appreciate your help along with Jeff, Charlie and Dawn.  

Love,
Judy and family

The Family of James Straight

Eric,

Thanks so much for all your thoughts, prayers and support during this difficult time.  We can't thank you enough for making it easier for us to get through.  Dad could not say enough about the wonderful arrangements you did for mom.  He would have loved everything you arranged for him.
Your professional and caring behavior throughout this entire process certianly tells me that the Lord placed you in the right position!  Thank you for EVERYTHING!

Sincerely and Love,

The Hessney Family

The family of John Hessney

God Bless ALL of you.  Thank you for your kindness and caring at the time of our father's passing.  You held our hands with sympathy and helped to make our grieving a little easier.  Dad was a good man, a loving father and husband and now he is home.

Family of Floyd A. Sheldon

Wayne & Staff:  Thank you for everything you did to make my brother's passing a beautiful celebration.  The family of Alan M. Brasser

Mary Tellier

Dear Wayne, Eric and Charlie:

Pann and I, as well as Scott and Todd, want to thank you for all of your kindness and caring when Bob passed.  We loved him beyond words. The service you prepared was beautiful.  It helped us go through a very painful time. Being with family and friends, as you well know, is to important. Your cared for us with kind words and caring ways.  God Bless you.  Linda, Penn, Scott and Todd

Linda Doyen, Penn, Scott and Todd Sheldon

Eric, Wayne, Steve, Dawn and others...Thank you for all the kindness and caring for the loss of my husband James H. Calus. He was a great guy and the love of my life. He is pain free and forever in my heart.  I am at peace.

Family of James Calus

Dear Everyone,

Thanks...Small word
         Big meaning

Words cannot express the things we would like them to say.  Your caring words and patience with our family during this most difficult time will always be appreciated.  Thanks for everything.

The famiily of Carol Benson

Eric & Amanda:

Thanks so much for all you did for us for mom's funeral.  The flowers were beautiful and Mom was too!  We're sure she would have been very pleased with all of the arrangements.  Eric, thanks for driving to Hazelton.  We really appreciate everything.

The Family of Emilia Lamana

Wayne, Barry and I wanted to thank all of you for the beautiful graveside service that you had for Norma Spink.  We had a beautiful and sunny day which was so nice.  Eric did a great job for not knowing Norma. The flowers were beautiful too. We also want to thank Dawn for taking the time to order the headstone. She does a great job! We will stay in touch as we need to make our final arrangements once we have had a chance to speak with our daughters. Thanks again, the three of you make a good team.

Barry and Phylis Spink

Dear Eric,
We just wanted to drop you a note. Thank you for all the kindness, professional help and advice you provided, during our recent family loss. We are a small family, with a devastated daughter and granddaughter. You went above and beyond helping us with the final plans for Leta's services. All of the details, arrangements and things we would have forgotten, you took care of or made suggestions.
All said, you and your staff made a very difficult time much easier. We will always appreciate the kindness, sincerity and patience provided by you and your caring staff.

The family of Leta Jones

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