Kathleen (Murphy) Brounley

Kathleen (Murphy) Brounley

Kathleen (Murphy) Brounley passed peacefully in her sleep on October 14, 2022. She was 81 years old. She was the daughter of the late Dr. Matthew Murphy and Dorothy Gehlhaus Murphy. Kathy was a graduate of Red Bank Regional High School and a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church of Red Bank. As a teenager, Kathy attended the United Methodist Youth Fellowship where she formed lifelong friendships. It was also at the church where she met her husband, Thomas N. Brounley.

After their marriage, Kathy and Tom lived in Red Bank and then Fair Haven where they raised their two daughters, Laurie and Amy. Kathy was devoted to her family and friends and loved her 52 years in Fair Haven. She worked at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional for more than 10 years as an aide and ran the school store. Kathy looked forward to spending two weeks on Lake Winnipesaukee every summer for 49 years. She considered herself blessed to share this special place with her husband, daughters, grandchildren and the other families that became long standing friends. In their later years, Kathy and Tom remained devoted to one another until Tom's passing in 2021.

Kathy is predeceased by her parents, Matthew and Dorothy, and her husband Tom. She is survived by her daughters Laurie Bready of Texas and Amy Brounley of Pennsylvania. She is also survived by her grand-children Sam and Lindsay of Texas and Madison of California, her sister Joan Curtis and husband Bill Curtis of Florida and nephew Todd Reusille of Arizona.

The family will have a private interment December 10th and then a public memorial gathering celebrating the lives of both Tom and Kathy from 1:30 to 3:00 on the 10th at Thompson Memorial Home 310 Broad Street, Red Bank, NJ. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to local food pantries.

The family would like to particularly thank the following for their friendship and love: Rob and Gloria Lindsay, Gordon Lindsay, Barb Guenther, the Guenther family, Peg Rizzo, Jane and George Schildge, the Thomas Family, the UMC of Red Bank family, the FHFD and the NH clan - Martin, Ciampa, Palladino, Wisner, Kunz families. Thanks for the memories.


Bruce S. Thompson, Owner & Manager, NJ LIC #3740