April 28, 2014


Virginia Tierney, 93, of Carroll, died Friday, April 25, 2014, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll.

Mass of the Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Carroll. The celebrant will be Father Timothy Schott. Music will be by Marcy Anderson and the St. Lawrence choir with Sherry Loughran as cantor. Mass servers will be Zachary Henkenius and Justin Schaefer. Lectors will be Vern Henkenius, Michael Henkenius and Jim Pedelty. Gift bearers will be her granddaughters: Sarah Muhlbauer, Mary Beth Wiskus, Jennifer Kervin, Maureen Tierney, Melissa Tierney and Monica Henkenius. Eucharistic ministers will be Vern Henkenius, Jim Pedelty and Maria Shibata. Casket bearers will be her grandsons Michael Henkenius, Pat Henkenius, Dave Pedelty, Dan Tierney, Bob Muhlbauer, Todd Wiskus and Sean Kervin. The staff at Caring Hands and the St. Anthony Hospital Auxiliary will form an honor guard for the Mass. Private family burial will be Tuesday in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Carroll.

Friends may call after 6 p.m. Monday at Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll, where there will be a Christian wake service at 7 p.m. The casket will be moved to St. Lawrence at 9 a.m. Tuesday when visitation will resume.

Memorials may be left at the funeral home or at the church to be directed to the Community of Concern Food Pantry, 203 Highway 71 North, Carroll, Iowa 51401, the Carroll Library Foundation or St. Anthony Regional Hospital Foundation.

Online condolences may be left for Virginia's family at www.sharpfuneral.com.

Mary Virginia (Virginia) Heires, daughter of Frances Rose (Hopkins) and Arthur Francis Heires was born Sept. 8, 1920 in Bloomfield, Neb. She attended St Andrew School through ninth grade and graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1937. After graduation she taught one year in a rural, one-room school with 16 pupils, spanning grades one through eight. The following year she enrolled in Duchesne College in Omaha, Neb., graduating in 1942. She worked at Federal Land Bank and Union Pacific Railroad until her marriage to Lt. James Michael Tierney, M.D., on July 26, 1943, in the Chapel of Our Lady of Nebraska within the Cathedral of Omaha.

With World War II underway, the couple moved first to Chicago while Dr. Tierney was stationed at the Great Likes Naval Training Station, then they were sent to Hastings, Neb., followed by San Francisco. Virginia returned to Omaha while her husband was at sea. After the war, the Tierneys lived in Baltimore, Md., and Des Moines, Iowa, while Dr. Tierney completed his internal medicine residency. They moved to Carroll in January 1949 when Dr. Tierney joined the Carroll Medical Center.

Virginia was an avid reader and was active in the Clio Club, the St Anthony Hospital Auxiliary, the St Lawrence Guild, the Food Pantry, and a bridge group. She was a homemaker who was involved in the activities of her five children, including serving for many years as the leader of her children's Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops.

She is survived by her daughter Mary Fran (Jim) Pedelty of Carroll; three sons James Michael (Mary Jo) of Centennial, Colo.; Thomas of Redmond, Wash.; and Dr. Dennis (Judy) of Omaha, Neb.; a son-in-law, Vern Henkenius of Carroll; eight grandchildren: Michael (Monica) Henkenius, Lincoln, Neb.; Patrick Henkenius, Urbandale, Iowa; Mary Beth (Todd) Wiskus, Des Moines, Iowa; Sarah (Bob) Muhlbauer, of Carroll, Dave Pedelty of Carroll; Jennifer (Sean) Kervin, Denver, Colo.; Daniel (Melissa) Tierney, Omaha, Neb.; and Maureen Tierney, Omaha, Neb; 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Raymond U. Tierney of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Joseph P. Tierney of Parker, Colo.; and two nephews, David (Katherine) Heires of Bronxville, N.Y., and Gregory (Rosa) Heires of Montrose, N.Y.

Preceding Mrs. Tierney in death were her husband of 69 years Dr. Jim Tierney, their daughter Kathleen (Kathie) Henkenius, one brother John (Jack) Hopkins Heires and his wife Alice, a nephew John Heires Jr., a sister-in-law Elizabeth Tierney, and her parents.