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Colonel Murphy served as chief of health promotion for the U.S. Southern Command in Panama and spearheaded Army health, wellness, and support programs in Germany, Virginia, in the Pentagon, and at the Army War College. During and after the Gulf War, she worked with combat troops in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq. She later worked with the American Red Cross in Gulfport, Miss., during Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
held a special place in her heart for the University’s Equine Studies program, especially
TRAC (Therapeutic Riding At Centenary), which provides horsemanship opportunities for disabled riders and veterans. Her experience as an Army nurse and knowledge of the field helped to inform the University’s new RN to BSN degree.
Mrs. Murphy was extremely active in the local Hackettstown community, including as a member of the Hackettstown Business Improvement District (BID) and the Women’s Club of New Jersey. She was dedicated to improving the well-being of fellow veterans through advocacy and support for veteran’s services at Centenary and in the broader community. Now, Mrs. Murphy is continuing her lifelong service of helping others by giving the gift of life as an organ donor.
master’s degree from the University of Washington.
Mrs. Murphy was predeceased by her parents, Ciro and Theresa Picariello, and her brother, Paul Picariello. She leaves her beloved husband, Bruce Murphy; three brothers, David Picariello of San Francisco, CA.; James Picariello of Rochester, N.Y., and his wife, Jean; and Gary Picariello of Brindisi, Italy, and his wife, Giulia; two nieces, Jasmin Picariello and her husband, Justin Fisk, of Washington, D.C.; and Lauren Picariello of Rochester, N.Y.; a nephew, Jonathan Picariello, who is serving with the U.S. Air Force at Hurlburt Field in Florida; a step-daughter, Alondra Howard, and her daughter, Ashley Carnahan, and her grandson, Oshyn Blu, of Winona, Texas; and a brother-in-law, Captain Dennis Murphy (US Navy, Ret.) and his wife, Laura, of Hendersonville, N.C.
A celebration of life for Jeanne will be held on Sunday, Jan. 22, at 1 p.m. EST in the Sitnik Theater at Centenary University’s David and Carol Lackland Center. The celebration of life will be livestreamed and can be viewed here. Interment will follow at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.
Halpin-Bitecola Brookdale Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Flowers may be sent directly to the funeral home. However, Jeanne would have preferred contributions in her memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, the U.S. Paralympic Team through the Team USA Fund, Centenary University for the TRAC (Therapeutic Riding At Centenary) program, the Centenary Students Emergency Fund, or to the Sigma Foundation for Nursing through Sigma Tau Theta, an international organization dedicated to advancing the field of nursing.