EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 23, 2013

Joseph T. Murach Sr., 73


Methuen, MA — Joseph T. Murach Sr., 73, of Methuen, was called to join his beloved wife, Nancy, and son, Paul, in heaven, on June 21, at Sutton Hill Center in North Andover, after many years of various health conditions.

The son of the late Matthew A. "Mickey" and Esther F. (Tofilski) Murach, Joseph was born in Lawrence on May 29, 1940. He was raised and educated in Lawrence. After his marriage, Joseph resided and raised his family in Methuen. Joseph worked for many years side-by-side with his father and brother in the family owned business, Royal Packing Meat Company in Lawrence. In later years, he was the proud co-owner of Murach Construction with his brother and best friend, the late Matthew A. (Mickey) Murach Jr. Joseph was a hard worker, who was most focused on providing for his family.

Joseph was a devoted husband to Nancy J. (Martelle) Murach, with whom he shared 52 years of marriage until her death on June 7, 2012. He was a loving and dedicated father to his children. His family was most important to him and always came first. He enjoyed spending time with his family at their cottage on Shadow Lake, the times they spent together at his father's home in Wells, Maine, the family summer vacations at Salisbury Beach, or a simple family BBQ gathering.

He was described by many that knew him as a loving family man, a hard worker, with a generous soul, and a man who lived on the love he had for his family. The Man, The Myth, The Legend!

Joseph was the father of Joseph T. Murach Jr. and his wife, Lisa of Haverhill, Mass., Barbara A. (Murach) Love and her husband, Frederick of Methuen, Matthew A. Murach and his wife, Cheryl of Methuen, Mark Murach of East Waterboro, Maine, the late Paul J. Murach of Methuen, who died May 31, 2013, Lynn-Ann (Murach) Cuomo and her husband, Michael of Pelham, N.H., a "special daughter," Karen Cleary and her husband, Robert of Salem, N.H. he was "Judgeju" (grandfather) to Ashley M. Murach, Michael J. Murach, Joseph C. Murach, Nicole M. Love, Shannon M. Love, Christopher M. Murach, Courtney L. Murach, Connor M. Murach, Landon D. Donahue, and Megan Cleary. he also leaves two sisters, Helen Little of Andover and Carole Gillan of Newton, N.H.; nieces, nephews; a sister-in-law, Ruby Murach of Pepperell, Mass.; a brother-in-law, William T. Nutton of Methuen; aunts, uncles, cousins and friends; a special friend and lifetime caregiver and support for the family, Karen Baggetta of Methuen.

Joseph was predeceased by his brother, Matthew A. (Mickey) Murach Jr., and his sister, Louise Nutton.

The family would like to sincerely thank the staff of Sutton Healthcare/Genesis Facility for the exceptional care given to Joseph during his stay.

In Honor of Joseph's life and lively personality, please wear vibrant colors to his services.

ARRANGEMENTS: A Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, June 25, at 10 a.m., in St. Lucy's Church, Merrimack St., Methuen. Burial will follow in the Bellevue Cemetery, Lawrence. Relatives and friends may call Monday, June 24, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Boles Memorial-Baron-McAuliffe-Yameen Funeral Home, 184 Jackson St., Lawrence, Mass., 978-686-0386.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions in Joseph's memory to Methuen MSPCA, memo J. Murach, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844, or online at www.MSPCA.org, tribute for Joseph T. Murach Sr.