Alphonsus "Fonce" MURNANE

Formerly of Hawkesdale

On 1st April, 2024 at Warrnambool.

Much loved and loving wife of Frank (dec).

Loved mother and mother-in-law of Peter and Rosalie, Marg and Tim, Veronica and Trevor, Chris and JD, Bernie and Karen, Kate and Peter, Rett and Steve.

Adored grandmother of 20, and great grandmother of eight.

Aged 91 years


The Funeral Liturgy for FONCE will be held at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Lava Street, Warrnambool on FRIDAY (April 5) commencing at 12.30p.m.

A Right of Committal will follow at the Hawkesdale Cemetery, Cemetery Rd Hawkesdale on the same day commencing at 2.30p.m.

Please click this link to view the Funeral Liturgy for Fonce.

Funeral Notice

ServiceApril 5, 2024 - 12:30 pmLava Street Warrnambool, VIC View MapVenue: St Josephs Catholic Church


  1. Deepest sympathies to the Murnane family on the passing of Fonce. I can picture her greeting my Mum, Pat West, with “hello Pat”. A lovely lady. Losing our mum’s is very hard.
    Love to all
    Rita Norman (nee West) and all the West Family

    Rita Norman April 9, 2024
  2. Our sincere condolences to all of the Murnane family. Regards Rosemary and Ken Rees & family.

    Rosemary Rees April 8, 2024
  3. A beautiful lady who we held with so much respect and love. Sincere sympathy to all the family. From The Foreman family

    Patricia and Robert Foreman April 7, 2024
  4. Sincere Sympathy to Murnane family Loretto Steve Eliza and Ryan all wonderful people no doubt because the role model in Fonse. Beautiful Lady in Gods Care. Peter Geraldine Melucan and family

    Geraldine Peter Melican April 6, 2024
  5. Deepest sympathy to you all. A true lady. We often had a laugh with Fonce at Dad’s & Cath’s (Des Watt)
    Our thoughts are with you all.
    Alan & Kathy Snell (Watt)

    Kathy Snell April 6, 2024
  6. Saddened to hear of Foncce’s passing.What a lovely photo. Norm and Diane Yodgee.

    Diane Yodgee April 5, 2024
  7. Thinking of you today. Fonce was a wonderful lady who gave us lovely girls to baby-sit for us and our boys during our years in Hawkesdale. Forever grateful. Pam & Geoff Anderson.

    Pam Anderson April 5, 2024
  8. To Marg and family, thinking of you and sending love and best wishes, Fonce was such a lovely lady,
    Kaye Martin (O’Brien)

    Kaye Martin (O’Brien) April 5, 2024
  9. The world was so lucky to have Fonce in it for 91 years. She had so much love to give, raised a beautiful family, cared so much for all those around her, was actively grateful and was always saying how lucky she is every single day, Nan was such a joy to be around and loved us all so much and was so proud of us for just being who we are.

    Everyone who met her had their day brightened, from the cashier at the supermarket to nurses who looked after her “as if I was their own mother” as Nan would say.

    So so many people are feeling a deep loss, she meant so much to so many. What a beautiful woman, thank you Nan, I love you and you will be so very missed ❤️

    Alli Marshall April 5, 2024
  10. Just an amazing lady. My sincere sympathy to all the Murnane family. Thinking of you all today. Regards Phil, Leanne and Tara

    Phil D’Arcy April 5, 2024
  11. Fonce left a lasting memory on me when i was a PCA student at Lyndoch at the end of 2022 for 3 weeks.
    I remember sitting down with her, it was a time when i was going through a lot, we had a lovely conversation about life, things she had achieved, her love for her family, her childhood and then she spoke about so many positive things she saw in myself and others, wanting the best for my future and career. She had me in tears with how she spoke from the heart and her positive perspective on everything, she couldn’t believe how powerful her words were to move me to tears but we had big smiles after that. She was such a wonderful lady. Condolences to Fonce’s family and all that knew her.
    She was so selfless, kind, generous, friendly and had a smile that would light up a room. Other messages just show the amazing impact she has left on the hearts of many.

    Rest in peace Fonce

    Darcy April 5, 2024
  12. To Peter and Rosalie and family, our sincere condolences and love to you all on your mum’s passing. Will have to live stream the service are we are still away. Thinking of you all, love Rex and Josie

    Josie Mathison April 5, 2024
  13. Would love to have been at the service to celebrate Fonce’s life. Always very welcoming whenever we called at short notice. Condolences to all her family. Kindest regards. Gerald and Gael Walsh

    Gael Walsh April 5, 2024
  14. My deepest sympathy to Fonces family. What a generous, patient,fun and caring lady. It was a privilege to be able to know Fonce while working at Lyndoch. I will miss your laughter and wonderful sense of humour ❤️

    Danielle April 4, 2024
  15. Deepest sympathy to all of Fonce’s family at this sad time. Fonce was a beautiful, kind lady who I had the privilege of looking after for many years in SWE when I was a PCW. She will be deeply missed. Thoughts and prayers to you all.

    narelle Joy mclean April 4, 2024
  16. What a lovely snap of your dear mum! May the wonderful Fonce Rest In Peace. So Sorry I am unable to be with you tomorrow. Fr Des

    Father Des FitzGerald CSsR April 4, 2024
  17. Mum, we can’t imagine life without you.
    Loved dearly by Kate & Pete, Victoria (dec), Alli, Will & Bella xox

    Kate Marshall April 3, 2024
  18. Dear Veronica, Trevor and family sincere sympathy thinking of you all during this very sad time with the loss of your beloved mother Fonce. What a beautiful lady. Lots of love Waddo, Leo and Lily x

    Andrea Waddington April 3, 2024
  19. A dear friend over many years. So many happy times with such wonderful memories.
    Sincere condolences to Fonce’s family
    Love Heather Norm & Barnie McCosker

    Kathleen McCosker April 3, 2024
  20. Deepest Sympathy to Veronica and family on your loss of dear Fonce. A lovely lady. Really loved our chats at church over the years.Rest peacefully Fonce

    Clare Bloom April 3, 2024
  21. Dearly loved mother, mother-in-law, grandma and great granny to Peter and Rosalie, Nicole, Angus and Frankie, Kerrie and Genevieve, and Tim.

    91 years of love, kindness, wisdom and service to others. We were so very lucky to have you in our lives and we will miss you every day.

    Go well, Fonce. You couldn’t have given more to your family, friends and community. Time now for a rest; forever loved and cherished by us all.

    Peter and Rosalie Murnane April 3, 2024
  22. Dear Precious Fonce,
    You were always a most amazing,wonderful person while here on earth with us 😊
    I do know that you will be smiling down on all of your wonderful children, grandchildren & great grandchildren.
    I will be saying a special goodbye to you on Friday from my home as ill health holds me back from celebrating your life with all of your family.
    Fair well Fonce, with love
    Jan Steven

    Jan Steven April 3, 2024
  23. Deepest sympathy to all our cousins and family members of Fonce Murnane. She will always be remembered as a very gentle,caring and loving person. Rest in peace lovely Aunt Fonce and warm hugs to all who loved you 💗 ❤️

    Christine Titheridge April 3, 2024
  24. Condolences to fonse” family. Lucky to spend last 12 months with her in Lyndock a lovely lady from cousin frank from Terang

    Frank carlin April 3, 2024
  25. Dearly loved and cherished Mother, Mother-in-law, Grandmother and Great Grandmother to Veronica and Trevor, Lucy, Dave and Olivia; Emily, and Grace
    How can we thank you for a life filled with so much love, happiness and selflessness. You will live forever in our hearts and minds; and we will carry your love in our hearts forever.
    So hard to imagine our lives without you in it darling Mum
    Our hearts are broken

    Veronica Shaw April 2, 2024
  26. Sending our deepest condolences to all the Murnane families. We always loved catching up with Fonce. She was a true lady of faith. Now reunited with Frank, may you Rest In Peace.
    Patrick and Brenda Noonan and family

    Brenda Noonan April 2, 2024
  27. We will always remember Fonce as a beautiful lady with a massive heart of gold.
    She will be sadly missed by all she knew her ❤️❤️
    Our love and condolences to the family.
    Ros & Steve Stewart

    Ros Stewart April 2, 2024