HARTSDALE, N.Y. Nora Sharkey Murphy, of Bronxville, died April 9 at the age of 71.
Murphy was a former teacher at Maria Regina High School in Hartsdale.
She was born to Peter and Cornelia Sharkey, in Bronx, N.Y., on July 21, 1940. A graduate of Fordham University School of Education, Murphy held a masters degree in English from Manhattan College. She moved to Eastchester in 1966, while teaching in Hartsdale.
On June 18, 1972, she married Michael G. Murphy in Fordham University Church on the Rose Hill Campus. Murphy started working for the Archdiocese of New York in 1981, responsible for internal and external communications. She retired as the associate superintendent of schools for communications and marketing in 2006.
Prior to joining the Archdiocese staff, Murphy was a reporter and education editor for The Catholic News. From 2000 to 2011, she also worked an adjunct professor in the graduate school at the College of New Rochelle. Following her retirement, Murphy was a communications consultant to schools, dioceses and nonprofit organizations.
Murphy was the host of "Noras Neighbors" radio talk show, from 2006 to 2011, and the author of A Youth Guide to St. Patricks Cathedral (2007). She also served a two-year stint as chairperson of the Saint Josephs Parish Council in 1988 and as co-president of the parent teacher association for Tuckahoe Schools from 1965 to 1987.
She is survived by a son, Michael Timothy, of Covington, Wash; three grandsons and three godchildren. Murphy was predeceased by her husband, Michael, in 2003.
Calling hours will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, at Fred H. McGrath and Son Funeral Home in Bronxville. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday at St. Josephs Church in Bronxville.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to HOPE Community Services, 50 Washington Ave., New Rochelle, N.Y. 10801, or The Marist Brothers, 4200 West 115 St., Chicago, Ill. 60655
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