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Melanie Murphy-Stem

Melanie Murphy-Stem

Melanie Lynn Murphy-Stem, 62, of Pittstown (Alexandria Township), NJ, passed away on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at her home.

Born August 20, 1959 in Dover, DE, Melanie’s family relocated to the Delaware Valley area. She grew up in Kingwood Township and graduated from Delaware Valley Regional High School in Frenchtown, NJ in 1977. Melanie then received her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Trenton State College (now known as The College of NJ). She taught at Lester D. Wilson Elementary School and then raised her beloved children, Justin Richard and Hayley Anne. Melanie took great pride in raising her children and caring for her grandson, Jeremy.

Melanie loved animals and was especially loved by her numerous Shih Tzus’ and cats. She also enjoyed spending time at the beach and was always planning her next trip to the Jersey Shore. Additionally, she was a devout Christian and a member of the King of Kings Worship Center in Basking Ridge, NJ.

Melanie is survived by her mother Sharla Millin of Kingwood Township, NJ, her son Justin R. Stem and his wife Amy of Holland Township, NJ, her daughter Hayley Stemple and her husband Timothy of High Bridge, NJ, her brother John Murphy Jr. of Florida, and her grandson Jeremy Stemple. She was predeceased by her father John Murphy.

The family will be celebrating Melanie’s life at a private event. Arrangements are under the care of the Johnson-Walton Funeral Home, 24 Church Road, Milford, NJ.

In Melanie’s memory, memorial contributions may be made to Safe in Hunterdon at


From: Amanda Macaulay
Thoughts and prayers to Mel’s family. So sorry for your loss.

From: Amanda Macaulay
Thoughts and prayers to Mel’s family. So sorry for your loss.

From: Jackie and Pete Christ
Dear family, I was Melanie’s Neighbor (2colt rd) for 19 years. Our children went to school together. She always had a smile and I would talk to her when she went by with her little dogs. She liked my dog Oreo. I am saddened by this and I pray for your family. She will be missed.

From: Carrie Price Knospe
Melanie To the first day I met you hi were very special and gifted Thank you for inviting us into your world for the short time You did I can still hear your laughter today ! You are beautiful Love Sister CArrie

From: Arthur and Carole Dienst
We will miss Melanie's happy smile and face. We live on Stonewicke and she always walked her dogs and stopped to say hello. May she rest in peace we will miss her.

From: Lori Serra Dubetz
Deepest sympathy...Melanie was always a bright light and fun to be around! May your family have peace at this most difficult time. She loved her children so very much. God Bless your family!

From: Deborah McDowell
Justin - Haley- Jeremy and family: I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a blessing in my life. Her genuine love, laugh and smile lit up the room, especially when she was praising the Lord. She was my best friend, my sister, and like a mom. I will forever miss her calling me Sugar pie , sista.... please know she loved you guys with all her heart and that if there is Anything you need you have my support and her church family at King of Kings welcome all of you with open arms, we are here for you Anytime . God Bless you and keep you.... Deborah McDowell....

From: Charlie and Patti Hade
We were one of Melanie’s neighbors on Hill Hollow. She will surely be missed, especially her lovely Christmas manger scene. We are happy and fortunate to have known her. May God bless Justin, Hayley, and Jeremy and the whole Stem family.

From: Tammy, Tricia & Tammi
Justin, Hayley & family. Our deepest sympathy for your loss. May you find strength in all of your wonderful memories together. She will never be far from your heart. Please know that you’re in our prayers.

From: barbara hewitt
Hailey I am so sorry for the loss of you mom. May she be at peace with the Lord. You know that i am here for you at anytime to talk for just a hug and for your whole life if you need anything.

From: Karen Leff
Justin & Hayley: Your Mom's legacy will always be the two wonderful children she took such care and joy in raising. I hate that you had to lose her at such a young age. She barely got to enjoy you both as adults. You will never go wrong in life if you reflect upon your lives from time to time and ask yourselves, " Would my mother be proud of me?" This is perhaps her greatest gift to you.

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