February 28, 2014


Doreen Polking, 90, of Breda, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at SunnyBrook Assisted Living in Carroll.

Mass of the Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Breda. The celebrant will be Father Gary Snyder. Music will be by Marilyn Hundling and the St. Bernard choir. Lectors will be Krista Christensen, Jill Tiefenthaler and Jennifer Maystadt. Gift Bearers will be Doreen's great-grandchildren. Eucharistic minister will be Doreen's daughter, Sandy Gannon. Honorary casketbearers will be Gina Tiefenthaler, Jill Tiefenthaler, Jennifer Maystadt, Jon Tiefenthaler, Tara Meier, Sonya Frickenstein, Krista Christensen, Laura Jackovin, Rachel Gannon and Jessica Gannon. Casket bearers will be Bryce Christensen, Tom Jackovin, Nolan Semrau, Aaron Leib, Kevin Rask and Tom Maystadt. Burial will be at the parish cemetery.

Friends may call after 4:30 p.m. Friday at Sharp Funeral Home in Breda where there will be a rosary at 5 p.m. and a Christian wake service at 6:30 p.m.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sharpfuneral.com.

Born Aug. 24, 1923, Doreen Louise was a daughter of William and Mary (Heisterkamp) Poen. She attended St. Bernard School in Breda. On Nov. 24, 1942, Doreen was married to Raymond Polking at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Breda. She was a devoted homemaker, wife, mother and grandmother. In her later years Doreen worked at Twilight Acres Nursing Home, where she was a member of the dietary staff. Doreen lived and raised her family by a quote from Mother Teresa, "A joyful heart is the normal result of a heartwarming love." Doreen represented this in her love to her children and grandchildren. She never gave up and always forgave, and gave second, third and fourth chances. She always dealt many a pass.

Doreen enjoyed playing cards - belonging to 13 card clubs - and sports, especially Hawkeye, Cyclone and Creighton athletics. She was a member of the National Order of Women Foresters, St. Bernard Ladies Guild, and St. Bernard Parish.

Left to celebrate Doreen's life are her children: Marlene (Alan) Tiefenthaler of Breda, Tom (Karen) Polking of West Des Moines and Sandy (Dennis) Gannon of Iowa City; grandchildren: Gina Tiefenthaler, Jill Tiefenthaler (Kevin Rask), Jennifer (Tom) Maystadt, Jon (Alyssa) Tiefenthaler, Tara (Glen) Meier, Sonya (Matt) Frickenstein, Krista (Bryce) Christensen, Laura (Tom) Jackovin, Rachel Gannon (Nolan Semrau), and Jessica Gannon (Aaron Leib); 13 great-grandchildren; and two sisters: Willa Mae Pick of Carroll and Verma Jean (Ken) Pick of Kiron.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Ray in 2001.