Alberta Marie “Bertie” (Firkus) Murphy passed away Friday, September 1, 2017, in her Williams, MN, home. She had fought COPD and colon cancer for many years. Bertie was 82. Bertie was born in Swift, MN, on June 12, 1935, to Albert P and Clarabelle A. (Allard) Firkus. Bertie was the youngest of five children. During her mid-teens, she met James J. Murphy, Sr. They were married January 20, 1954. They resided in St. Paul until 1970 when they moved their seven children to Warroad, MN.