Phyllis (Shininger) Murphy

September 28, 1928 ~ May 31, 2020 (age 91)


Phyllis Murphy, age 91 of Defiance, passed away on Sunday, May 31, 2020 at Brookview Healthcare Center in Defiance.   
She was born on September 28, 1928 to the late Fred and Olive (Bates) Shininger in Sherwood, Ohio. On October 29, 1949 she married John "Joe" Murphy, who preceded her in death on April 7, 2009. Phyllis loved spending time with her family.

Phyllis was a member of Defiance Elks #147, Eagles #372, and VFW #3360 Auxiliary. She worked for Charles Company in Defiance, All Star Products, Zellers Corporation, and Colonial Laundry in Defiance.
Phyllis will be sadly missed by her son, Michael (Cheryl) Murphy of  Holgate, OH, her daughter, Jane (Roger) Hartzell of Defiance, seven grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren.  
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by six brothers, Al, Clarence, Paul, Howard, Dwight, and Roderick Shininger, and two sisters,  Margarite Bayliss and Doris Arend.
Visitation will be held from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance. A graveside service will follow at 2:00 pm at Riverside Cemetery, with Deacon Jeff Mayer officiating. Responsible virus prevention measures are encouraged.
Memorials are suggested to ELARA Hospice, or American Cancer Society. Online condolences can be given at

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June 6, 2020

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Schaffer Funeral Home, Inc.
529 Jefferson Ave.
Defiance, OH 43512

Graveside Service
June 6, 2020

2:00 PM
D.A.R. Chapel at Riverside Cemetery

Defiance, Ohio 43512

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