Sun Prairie Countryman
April 1, 1926
Mrs. Martin Dunphy, who passed away at her home here late last week Wednesday afternoon, March 24th, was born in Kilkenny, Ireland, Dec. 16, 1847. Her maiden name was Alice Elizabeth Croak, and while still a child in the third year of her age, she came with her parents in 1850 to America, locating in Philadelphia.
After one yearâ€™s residence in that city the family came to Wisconsin locating at Janesville. There she attended the Janesville schools and grew to womanhood. In 1871 she came to Sun Prairie with her brother the Rev. Walter Croak, who came here to take charge of Sacred Heartâ€™s church and parish.
On Janâ€™y 30, 1873, she was united in marriage to Martin Dunphy, and went to reside on the farm owned by the Dunphy brothers, in Bristol, and where the family of Michael Dunphy no reside.
In 1879 they moved onto the farm at the north limits of this village, and which was the family home until 1922 when she moved to her present home. Her husband passed away Janâ€™y 14, 1915.
Four children blessed their union, all of whom survive to love and cherish her memory. They are Walter and James Dunphy of Buchanan, N. Dak., and (Mary) Mrs. H. J. Barry and Margaret Dunphy, all of this village. She also leaves nine grandchildren, two of whom, Alice and Donald Dunphy, of Buchanan, N. Dak., have been making their home with her for the past few years and attending school.
Mrs. Dunphyâ€™s death came suddenly and at a time when the family were building on hope, after her rally from a long illness during the winter months. She contracted what seemed to be only a spring cold, which manifested itself the Sunday prior to her death.
Like other good mothers of her generation she knew the handicaps of pioneer daysâ€”those handicaps that meant sacrifices for their families, but to them sacrifice meant devotion and love, an affection that leaves its imprint for all time in the hearts of their loved ones.
Funeral services were held at 10 oâ€™clock Saturday morning, March 27th, at Sacred Heartâ€™s church, of which she was a devoted member, Rev. J. J. Salentin officiating. Interment was in Sacred Heartâ€™s cemetery and the bearers were Jas. Conley, Conrad Weisman, Adam Gerlach, John Dolan, Thos. Howe, and John Quilty.
Those from out-of-town in attendance at the funeral were Walter and James Dunphy, of Buchanan, N. Dak., Miss Mary Croke, Mrs. Thos. Heagney, Walter and Alice Heagney, P. H. Quinn, Miss Emma Croak from Janesville, Wis., Mrs. B. Warner, Mrs. And Mrs. John Quilty, Mrs. Michael Quilty, Mrs. Anna Hanley, Leona Hanley, Mrs. And Mrs. Garret Barry, and Mrs. Frances Byrne, all of Madison; Mrs. And Mrs. J. S. Cusick, P. H. Cusick, Oregon, and Miss Mary Barry, Racine.