Peg was born Sept. 13, 1923 in Worcester, one of seven children of Irish immigrants John and Elizabeth (Brosnihan) Murphy. She graduated from Classical High school and earned her associate’s degree from New England School of accounting. She then married Robert Kearney and begun a life of love and family in Worcester, raising their daughters until Robert passed away in 1982. She then found love and family for a second time in 1993 when she married Robert Lutz, moving to Shrewsbury where she had lived and enjoyed her blended family for the past 23 years.
Peg began her career as an office assistant with Norton Company where she worked for a short time before accepting the same position with the Worcester School Department where she remained many years before retiring in 1982.
Peg is survived by her family; her daughter and best friend, Mary E. Granger and her husband Francis of Worcester, Judith Polito and her husband Francis of Shrewsbury, and Patricia Dausche in New Hampshire; her grandchildren, Kevin Granger and his wife Brittney, Robert Granger, Brian Granger and his wife Megan and Daniel Granger, Kenneth Polito and his wife Irene, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and her husband Stephan Rodolakis; great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Jackson, Paige, Brady, Gianna, Lena, Francis, Judith, and Robert; and many nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends. Four brother, Frederick, Daniel, John, and Edward Murphy, and two sisters, Helen Masterson and Mary Sullivan, all predeceased her.
Peg was a member of St. Anne Church in Shrewsbury. A simple woman who cherished her family, she found her life’s enjoyment having her family around her at the holidays, special occasions and times when they could be together. She spent a lot of time with Mary and Judy, loved shopping, playing cards with friends at Southgate, and the occasional trip to the casinos. A dedicated Boston Red Sox fan, Peg watched as many games as she could.
Her funeral will be held Saturday, March 4 from the Mercadante Funeral Home & Chapel, 370 Plantation St. Worcester, departing in procession at 9:40 a.m. to St. Anne Church, 130 Boston Tpke., Shrewsbury, where her Celebration of Life Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery of Worcester. Friends and relatives are invited to calling hours Friday, March 3, from 4-7 p.m., in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial remembrances in her name can be made to the St. Anne Human Services, 130 Boston Tpke., Shrewsbury, MA 01545.